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Not Reporting Dangerous Products

White House Proposes Legislation to Expand CPSC's Authority to Crack Down on Firms Not Reporting Dangerous Products

May 12, 2000

WASHINGTON, D.C. - First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton joined U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Ann Brown today to announce legislation to help expand CPSC's authority to crack down on firms that are not reporting defective products to the agency. CPSC conducts 200 to 300 product recalls each year, yet half of the most serious product hazards are discovered by CPSC investigators - not reported by the companies as required by law.

The following proposals were announced today at a White House news conference:

- Eliminate the $1.65 million cap on the maximum fine that CPSC can impose on a company that fails to report a serious product hazard.

- Increase the penalty for serious criminal violations of product safety laws from misdemeanors to felonies, and eliminate the requirement that the agency give prior notice to the company that is criminally violating the law.

- Give CPSC more authority over company remedies for product recalls.

CPSC also is launching partnerships with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Women's Association, the American Nurses Association, the Emergency Nurses Association and other health care organizations to help find products that have the potential to cause death or serious injury, especially to children. This new product injury reporting network will provide even more sources of product injury data. CPSC currently collects information from a wide variety of sources, including hospital emergency rooms, fire investigators, news reports and coroners. The new network will expand its reach even further.

"Today, we're giving parents more confidence that the strollers, toys and other products they buy will help - not hurt - their children," said First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"The combination of this increased enforcement capability and higher civil and criminal penalties for not reporting would provide a strong deterrent against companies failing to notify CPSC about dangerous products," said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown.

When companies ignore the law, dangerous products can stay on store shelves, putting consumers at risk. CPSC has to do its own detective work to find out about the problem products and seek recalls. Increasing CPSC's authority and expanding its product injury reporting network will mean that dangerous products are recalled faster. This will prevent injuries and save lives.

This information came from an
CPSC online article.

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