I appreciate and applaud the fact that Congress has given the Consumer Product Safety Commission many of the additional authorities and enforcement tools I requested last year. In addition to these new tools, the bill also contains many new missions and mandates for the agency--responsibilities that are not funded by the bill. Therefore, the next step for Congress will be to pass an appropriations bill that will fund these new requirements.
I intend to see to it that all the provisions in the legislation are implemented fully, fairly and in the way that best serves consumers. I look forward to continuing to work with Congress to secure the resources necessary for the CPSC to implement the bill and to further our goal of protecting American families.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.
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