Product Liability

New CPSIA requirements for children’s products go into effect today

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) would go into effect today. The new regulations are aimed at making children’s products safer and increasing consumer confidence in the marketplace. The new requirements will affect product manufacturing standards, toughen regulations about advertising children’s products, and increase fines for violations of these standards.

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said, “I will ensure that these requirements are enforced vigorously and fairly.” She urged businesses to comply.

New standards include:

  • The limit for Lead Content in children’s products will be reduced from 600 parts per million to 300 parts per million.
  • The limit for Lead in Paint and Similar Surface Coating Materials in children’s products also will be lowered significantly, from 600 parts per million to 90 parts per million.
  • The Civil Penalties for violation of CPSC standards involving children’s products will be substantially increased.
  • Manufacturers will be required to place Tracking Labels on consumer products intended primarily for children.
  • Catalog Advertising for certain toys and games intended for use by young children (ages 3-6) must have stricter warnings of potential dangers.

Tenenbaum says, “By ensuring that toys and other children’s products meet strict lead limits and can be tracked in the event of a recall, I believe children will be better protected in their homes.”

For more information, visit the CPSC web site.