CPSC Announces Another Lead Law Stay of Enforcement, This Time For ATVs; Alliance Asks How Many Stays It Will Take for Congress to Change Flawed Law
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Alliance for Children's Product Safety today called the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)'s intention to issue yet another stay of enforcement of lead standards for products – this time youth-model ATVs and motorcycles – "further evidence of the flaws in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which Congress must fix quickly to stop the marketplace chaos it is causing."
“The action of the CPSC to avoid the most damaging application of the law is commendable but is an admission that the law simply doesn’t work. Ironically, the CPSC has been encouraged to skirt the law by the authors of the legislation”
Today's CPSC stay announcement is at least the third time that the agency has acted to delay implementation of a CPSIA provision. CPSC has previously stayed enforcement of testing and certification requirements, and also promised to exercise enforcement discretion and not prosecute certain products, including children's products made of certain natural materials, children’s books printed after 1985; and dyed or undyed textiles.
"The action of the CPSC to avoid the most damaging application of the law is commendable but is an admission that the law simply doesn’t work. Ironically, the CPSC has been encouraged to skirt the law by the authors of the legislation," said Rick Woldenberg, Chairman of the Alliance for Children's Product Safety. "It’s time for Congress to act responsibly and admit their error in passing the CPSIA. This 'landmark' legislation implemented a safety system lacking common sense, creates confusion, and results in either economic devastation or massive noncompliance. As the 31 speakers made clear at our rally to amend the CPSIA attended by overflow crowds at the U.S. Capitol on April 1, CPSIA is going to destroy thousands of small businesses unless it is fixed by Congress."
The Alliance for Children's Product Safety is a coalition of small business owners, manufacturers, crafters and entrepreneurs who are impacted by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. To view the Alliance's Capitol Hill rally that took place last week, visit www.AmendTheCPSIA.com. For more information, please contact Ashley Hutto at (202) 828-7637.