December 26, 2007

Wait, What's Wrong With The CPSC Reauthorization Act??

Somehow I missed this in my pre-Christmas inbox:

"Dec. 21, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JPMA SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF CPSC REAUTHORIZATION ACT"

If the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is trumpeting their support for a piece of safety regulation-related legislation, something must be wrong, right?

But the legislation actually provides a major boost to the CSPC's budget [the first in 30 years], it bans lead in toys, strenghtens the CPSC's testing and rulemaking capabilities, and dramatically increases fines. Why would the industry lobbying group that fights so hard to prevent this kind of regulation suddenly turn around and support it?

Oh, because it already passed the House two days earlier. 407-to-0. Way to lead, JPMA! Way to take the bold stand after creating this mess in the first place!

House votes 407-0 to ban lead in toys and increase CPSC funding [consumerist]
Dec. 19: House unanimously endorses toy safety crackdown [reuters]

After the jump, the full text of the Dec. 21 JPMA press release, "JPMA SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF CPSC REAUTHORIZATION ACT"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JPMA SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF CPSC REAUTHORIZATION ACT

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, DECEMBER 21, 2007 – The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) supports the United States House of Representatives recent vote to pass the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Reauthorization Act, HR 4040.

JPMA members make the products that protect and keep babies safe and this bill increases safety standards on children toys and nursery products and includes new standards for lead in toys.

JPMA has joined with other members of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in an effort to bolster the authority and resources available to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The NAM Coalition represents manufacturers, distributors, importers and retailers of consumer products.

“The passage of this bill furthers our commitment to helping our members continue to produce safe juvenile products for today’s parents and children,” commented JPMA President, Robert Waller, Jr. “JPMA is proud to be a member of the Coalition and support the important mission of the CPSC.”

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is a national trade organization of more than 300 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. These companies manufacture and/or import infant products such as cribs, car seats, strollers, bedding, and a wide range of accessories and decorative items.

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