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New Child Safety Law Causes Confusion

POSTED: Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 9:40am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:22pm

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act is a new law designed to ensure the products you buy for your kids, meet new lead and chemical standards.

The law takes effect in less than a month, but we found a lot of people know nothing about it.

Walter Kim, owner of KSM Corporation, a small shop in Downtown El Paso tells us he did not know about the new rules until we told him about them.

"I just found out about this from you, but most retailers don't know about this," said Kim. "Are they going to advertise it? Are they going to tell us something more?"

Kim says he thinks it's a good idea to keep children's products safe, but he has a lot of questions about what he has to do to stay legal.

"Are there some kind of guidelines or something? Are they going to send us a letter or something, some regulations, so we can look at them," asked Kim.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tells us the burden of testing and certifying that all products for children 12 and under meet the new requirements, falls on the manufacturer and importer, not the small business. She also says it is always good practice for shop owners to know if what they are selling is safe. To do that, the CPSC recommends they ask the importers and manufacturers they buy from, to provide them with evidence that proves their items have been tested and meet regulations.

Mr. Kim says he will be sure to do that and is just hoping the wholesaler he does business with, knows what he is talking about.

To learn more about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 or to sign up for product recall alerts, visit the CPSC website at www.cpsc.gov.

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