The joys of CPSIA testing

by Walter Olson on July 6, 2010

And testing and testing and testing: “This item has been tested I don’t know how many times. Many times in many forms. Every test was a pass. This latest $4,000 test told us NOTHING we didn’t already know.” [Rick Woldenberg] Plus: “It’s raining paper… again,” and who is CPSC going to get to test the test testing testers?


1 sch 07.06.10 at 11:20 am

Could the American Association for Justice possibly have anything
to do with this?

2 Doug 07.06.10 at 1:28 pm

I doubt that they had much to do with this. Other than the state attorney generals allowing outside firms to sue, this is just an example of an a Congress run a muck. With the regulatory growing at an alarming rate, this legislation should be struck down, IMHO.

3 William Nuesslein 07.08.10 at 6:12 am

It is not regulation itself that is the problem. Requiring safety features in automobiles overcame the preference by car buyers for high performance engines. The FAA’s review of airline operations gave confidence to the public and made flying itself routine. The FAA itself had little, probably nothing to do with safety itself. And ,in my opinion, the recent coal mine disaster was actually caused by our government when they required changes to the ventilation of the mine. fans were changed to blow in to help when minors try to escape from the mine. By blowing out the fans removed methane. Miners were killed when the methane exploded.

Unfortunately politicians want to save the children and are vulnerable to the pseudo science of Narderites and lead nuts. I don’t know why CNN and other media did not properly report the lead scare. Two cans of paint on 400,000 toys is actually trivial. The Toyota reporting was just as bad.

4 Bernie S 07.10.10 at 11:36 am

@ WN
Actually, the FAA has a lot to do with safety itself (and I speak as a pilot and air traffic controller). Far to much to enumerate here. However, as for giving confidence to the public, I think that dates back far enough that the CAB deserves more credit than its successor.

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