On February 5, I wrote here that the Congress was considering making changes to the CPSIA. That’s moved to the next step: the five CPSC Commissioners have now been asked to comment on draft legislation to address the unintended consequences of the CPSIA. Because it has not yet been introduced, it is not officially available but you can read the draft bill analyzed in several blogs including Learning Resources and Shopfloor.
For almost two years we have been talking about the problems with this well-intended but flawed legislation. I am so pleased that Congress is now willing to begin the process of fixing some of the problems with this law. While some proposed language is helpful, my reading overall is the fixes do not meet the mark with respect to focusing on the real safety risk.
I would like to hear from you about this draft legislation—both its strengths and shortcomings , as well as what needs to be done to make this law the helpful consumer protection tool it was envisioned to be.