Late Breaking Changes to the CPSIA: Significant Compliance and Business Implications for Importers, Distributors, and Retailers


The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”) was signed into law on August 14, 2008. The CPSIA represents a major overhaul of the earlier Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”) and was drafted in the wake of strong public concern arising from recalls of a variety of consumer products, including toys, manufactured in Asia. Among other things, the CPSIA imposed stringent new lead and phthalate content restrictions on toys and childcare articles offered for sale anywhere in the U.S. after February 10, 2009. (For additional general information on the CPSIA, please see earlier Product Liability updates.)

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