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CPSIA Bans Kids’ Motor Sports

March 6th, 2009 No comments

Among the many repercussions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) is the banning of lead components inside of products that aren’t likely to have any health effect on children, at least not from the lead. Among them are motor sports products for kids, including ATVs and kid-sized dirt bikes and motorcycles. These products use lead in the engines, batteries, and other internal components. Therefore, they are now banned products that cannot be sold in the United States as of February 10, 2009.

The Motorcycle Industry Council estimates that the CPSIA ban on these products will cause economic losses of $1 billion in 2009 alone. The ban affects products that have lead contents above 600ppm, but that is a moving target with the goal heading down towards 100ppm limits over time. Many motorsports dealers now have substantial inventories of products intended for children they can no longer sell legally.
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CPSC Partially Exempts Kids’ Books and Clothes from CPSIA

February 7th, 2009 No comments

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With the February 10, 2009, start of enforcement of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 just 3 days away, we are relieved to see that the Consumer Product Safety Commissions has issued a press release outlining exceptions for children’s books printed using ordinary processes from 1985 onwards and for children’s clothing manufactured using natural fibers.

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American Library Association Urges CPSIA Exemption for Libraries

January 27th, 2009 No comments

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The February 10, 2009, start of enforcement of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 is just two weeks away, yet the US federal government is still irresponsibly failing to correct the interpretations of the law to avoid shutting down access children’s books in libraries and even school text books.

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CPSIA Draws Mass-Media Criticism

January 24th, 2009 No comments

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The February 10, 2009, start of enforcement of the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 continues to draw closer as the US federal government still has its head stuck in the sand regarding the mess the law is about to make.

On January 22, 2009, the book publishing industry met with the Consumer Products Safety Commission to give them evidence of 150 test results from finished children’s books to show that lead is not a reasonable concern for such items. But there is still no indication of what CPSC will do about the matter, if anything.

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More CPSIA News and Blogs

January 19th, 2009 No comments

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With the days ticking away without meaningful clarification or reform of CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008), there’s not a lot of “real news” to report. So we thought we’d feed you some links to the thoughts of others on this dysfunctional legislation.

CPSC: Letter to Association of American Publishers on December 23, 2008

Consumer Reports: Toymakers and resellers raise concerns over new safety regulations

Wall Street Journal: Pelosi’s Toy Story

Mom-Based Garment Industry May Be Hardest Hit By New Safety Regs

Book Publishers Up in Arms Over CPSIA

January 16th, 2009 No comments

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The book publishing industry is joining the American Library Association in questioning the wisdom and intent of applying CPSIA lead and phthalate standards to children’s books. The American Association of Publishers (AAP) and Children’s Book Council (CBC) are among the groups starting to lobby the Senate and House to clarify and/or revise CPSIA to exempt conventionally printed hardcover and paperback books.

Many children’s books have already moved to soy-based organic inks. There is little or no evidence of lead or phthalates being a problem in older inks or in paper, cardboard, and glues used for printing most books. While the industry agrees that specialty books that have plastic and metal parts might warrant testing according to CPSIA limits, it strongly disagrees with the necessity of such testing for conventional books books printed on paper and cardboard.

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US Baby Care Products Contain Carcinogens

March 13th, 2009 No comments

American baby care products are not as safe as consumers may expect. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a report on 48 baby care products that were tested for the carcinogens formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. The March 2009 report, entitled “No More Toxic Tub”, reveals that 67 percent of the products tested contained detectable levels of 1,4-dioxane. 82 percent of the products tested contained detectable levels of formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. And 61 percent of products tested contained both.

Of the 48 products tested, only 28 were tested for formaldehyde. So there’s a chance that if all products had been tested for both, the percentage of products contaminated with both could be higher than 61 percent.

The State of California classifies both chemicals as carcinogens under its Proposition 65 “The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986” passed in 1986. Both were listed as carcinogens on January 1, 1988. The US EPA regards both as probable carcinogens.
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Where’s the Beef? USDA Opposes Voluntary Mad Cow Disease Testing!

January 25th, 2009 No comments

In America, we’re used to growing government stupidity and arrogance. CPSIA has been looking more insane by the day. US mental health policies are causing destruction of families by making it virtually impossible for people with destructive mental illnesses such as Borderline Personality Disorder to be forced into treatment or their families to be legally protected against the harm that they cause. US family law courts reward perjury and routinely destroy children’s lives.

But who would have thought the US government would be intent on ensuring “equal opportunity death by mad cow disease” for all of us who dare to eat made-in-America beef?

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Sphere: Related Content

January 20th, 2009 No comments

Among the new features we’ve added recently to our web site is a link to Sphere’s related content for each of our blog posts. The link appears at the bottom of each post and looks like this:

Sphere: Related Content

We’ve set that link up for you to see how it would work if you were to click on it from our recent posting More CPSIA News and Blogs. Give it a click to try it out! You can grab the window that appears by the title bar and move it around the browser to make it or something underneath it easier to read.

We hope you’ll find Sphere related content searches a handy way to find more news articles and blog posts related to the information we post on our site.


No More Green Eggs and Ham for Your Kids?

January 15th, 2009 No comments

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Our previous posts on the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) have brought up the legal and financial risks faced by resellers of used and new children’s clothing, toys, and other products. These appear to extend to private sellers on eBay and Craigslist as well as to consignment stores and charity/resale organizations such as Goodwill Industries. We’ve also mentioned problem faced by libraries and home business and small business children’s product manufacturers for which testing costs may be prohibitive. They may be forced to stop loaning out existing children’s books already in their collections for years and selling safe products simply because of the risks and costs of this law.

As we continue to review information and discussion about CPSIA and the text of the law itself, it’s clear there is a lot of confusion about this law. The American Library Association admits after getting everybody alarmed that it doesn’t understand the law and how it will impact libraries in its post Children’s Books and the CPSIA – STANDBY – Situation Fluid.

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