CPSIA and compliance: “This can’t be happening”

by Walter Olson on July 11, 2009

Good article in Arizona Republic on the difficulties besetting a Scottsdale diaper maker, a Chandler toy maker that has spent $400,000 on compliance efforts with no end in sight, a baby carrier maker in Mesa that expects to go under, and a maker of fabric products in Chandler who says she can’t keep up with the changing requirements. [Chase Purdy, "Companies feel strain of complying with safety law", July 8]

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1 William Nuesslein 07.12.09 at 5:20 am

“The owner of Bumkins, Jakki Liberman, said she agrees with the spirit of the law…”

Here is the problem. The spirit of the law is the elimination of a bogus hazard. The media whipped up the public about the lead in Chinese made toys, which lead was a technical violation of a stringent standard. The actual violation posed no risk at all.

“Wolfson acknowledged the people who complain that the legislation has forced them out of the market, but said continued conversation will help hammer out the kinks in the system.”

For God’s sake, Ms. Nord explained that CPSIA defects can not be worked out. Wolfson is an IDIOT!!!

2 Robert 07.12.09 at 8:07 pm

The only toys and clothes left will be Chinese imports from the Mega-distributors who can afford the testing with economies of scale!

And then parents will have to invent another reason why their children are stupid. (It can’t be bad parenting, after all.)

3 GregS 07.13.09 at 10:30 am

“Wolfson acknowledged the people who complain that the legislation has forced them out of the market, but said continued conversation will help hammer out the kinks in the system.”

Translation: “the kinks” are the small businesses that can’t afford to comply with the law and that are creating such bad publicity for Congress.; “hammer out” means “drive out of business”; and “continued conversation” means “delaying, downplaying, and ignoring the issue.”

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