Washington, DC—Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today applauded the passage of H.R. 4040, The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. This bi-partisan legislation, which passed in the House 424 to 1, takes several important steps to ensure children’s toys and projects are safe.
“There is nothing more important than the safety and well-being of our children,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This landmark legislation will ensure that children's toys and products are safe and free of lead and harmful toxins."
This critical legislation will strengthen the ability of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to prevent dangerous toys from ending up in children’s hands, get unsafe products off the shelf more quickly, and increase fines and penalties for those who violate product safety laws.
Last year, more than 45 million toys and children’s products were recalled because of safety concerns. As a result, the Consumers Union labeled 2007 “The Year of the Recall.” Certain toys and children’s products were found to contain nearly 200 times the legal amount of lead. Unfortunately, this problem continues to get worse. The number of recalled toys is actually up 29% from this time last year.