"CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products" gives us hope that maybe wiser decisions are being made.
According to the report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, "a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans."
The report continues by stating, "The stay does not apply to:
* Four requirements for third-party testing and certification of certain children’s products subject to:
o The ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings effective for products made after December 21, 2008;
o The standards for full-size and non full-size cribs and pacifiers effective for products made after January 20, 2009;
o The ban on small parts effective for products made after February 15, 2009; and
o The limits on lead content of metal components of children’s jewelry effective for products made after March 23, 2009.
* Certification requirements applicable to ATV’s manufactured after April 13, 2009.
* Pre-CPSIA testing and certification requirements, including for: automatic residential garage door openers, bike helmets, candles with metal core wicks, lawnmowers, lighters, mattresses, and swimming pool slides; and
* Pool drain cover requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act."
Reading through the double-speak, we may have the hope that the one-year stay does apply to everything else, including books - which are not mentioned.
I hope; I hope; I hope we're safe, and that during the year's stay our legislators wake up completely and throw this poorly written law in the junk heap where it belongs.
Then perhaps saner heads can draft a law that really does protect where actually needed.