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House Committee Votes To End Funding for CPSC Database

The House Appropriations Committee voted last week (tally 27–21) to send a funding bill to the House floor that would cut off funds from being used for the Consumer Product Safety Commission's new consumer...more

Republicans Aim to Cut Financing for Toy Hazard Database

In 2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act after a flood of unsafe toys from China hit the U.S. market. Less than three years later, however, the new Republican-led House of Representatives wants to...more

Experts Predict Passage of the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2010: What Does This Law Mean to U.S. Importers...

One of the more controversial bills brewing in Congress is the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2010. Although a variation of this bill was introduced in the Senate Finance Committee last year, it received...more

California Considers Requiring Disclosure of Consumer Product Ingredients on the Internet

California’s legislature is considering new legislation that would ban the manufacture, sale, or distribution of certain consumer products sold in California unless manufacturers publish a comprehensive list of ingredients on...more

Cadmium Products Now in Crosshairs of Federal and State Legislators

With lead banned in children's products by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), many American politicians, regulators and consumer groups are now calling for a ban on cadmium, another toxic metal that...more

Winslow: Texas Must Stop Protecting Public Safety on the Cheap

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a guest column by Texas Watch Executive Director Alex Winslow discussing the Toyota safety debacle and how the comapny should have to face an impartial judge and citizen jury – not an...more

U.S. May Set Rule Requiring Brake Override System

The Obama administration is considering requiring all automobiles to contain a brake override system intended to prevent sudden acceleration episodes like those that have led to the recall of millions of Toyotas, the...more

Republican Anne Northup Tapped to Fill Final CPSC Commissioner Spot

President Obama has nominated Anne Northup, a former Republican Representative from Kentucky, to the only remaining vacancy on the five-member Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) panel. Northup served in the U.S. House...more

Breaking News: CPSC Acting Chairman Role to Shift from Nancy Nord to Commissioner Thomas Moore Until New Chairman Is Confirmed

Nancy Nord, Acting Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced that she will transition her leadership role to fellow Commissioner Thomas Moore, effective Monday, June 1. Moore, a Democrat and...more

The Walls Are Closing In: Chinese Drywall Issues Prompt Legislation and Litigation

Certain drywall manufactured in China is allegedly defective. It has been alleged that this defective drywall corrodes electrical wires and copper coils, and emits "rotten egg" fumes that cause respiratory health problems. It...more

Consumer Product Safety Commission Advisory: Announcement of New Nominees To The Consumer Product Safety Commission: How This...

On May 5, 2009, President Obama announced his nomination of Inez Moore Tenenbaum to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Robert S. Adler to be a commissioner. He also announced his intent to nominate a fifth...more

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