“I want to thank the U.S. House of Representatives for passing landmark legislation today that finally gives the CPSC the additional tools and resources to address the growing issue of imports and other important product safety issues.
Back in July, I submitted to Congress a list of 41 specific legislative recommendations to give the agency added enforcement powers and tools, like the ability to require that all products covered by a mandatory safety standard be tested and certified to that standard. I have also repeatedly requested adequate resources and personnel to be able to effectively use these new tools. Today’s House action and the recent passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Act are significant steps toward giving the agency both the tools and resources we need to better protect American consumers.
I want to congratulate the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, particularly Chairmen John Dingell and Bobby Rush and Ranking Members Joe Barton and Cliff Stearns, for their leadership and hard work and that of their staffs on this, the most significant product safety legislation since the creation of the agency. Theirs was a truly bipartisan and comprehensive effort to craft and pass sound legislation and for that I am truly grateful. This bill vests the agency with significant new missions and mandates. I am committed to fully utilizing all the provisions of the bill for the benefit of the American people.
I urge the Senate to follow the House’s lead in passing bipartisan and sensible product safety legislation. The Senate and Congress should not go home this year without sending a bill to the President and I continue to stand ready to assist in that effort.”
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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