The Children's Wear Coalition warns that tomorrow's February 10 deadline to comply with the new lead-testing law is going to cost 5,000 lost jobs in New York City alone. Is the CPSIA lead-test law the final death-knell for the ailing US garment industry?
Starting on February 10, 2009, products for children 12 and under cannot have more than 600 parts per million of lead or 0.1% of phtalates in any child-accessible part. These are the key rules of the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
After millions of local homecrafters and handmade toy manufacturers were granted a one-year stay from the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act on January 30, a new relief Bill is now heading for the Senate to save US handcrafters from bankruptcy.
Despite a reprieve, Handmade Toy Alliance president Dan Marshall warned that urgent action was still needed by Congress to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act requiring lead-testing of children's products. It becomes effective Feb. 10 2009.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a news release today that it had voted unanimously to issue a one year stay of enforcement for specific testing requirements for manufacturers and importers of products for children.
There are days left to object to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which requires a huge range of imported and domestic products to undergo expensive lead-testing before they are allowed on the United States market.
Citing the increased cost of doing business under the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, top German wooden toy maker Selecta Spielzeug has ended distribution of its playthings in the United States.German toys often have high educational value.
Americans' opposition to the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is growing fast, with a class-action law suit pending, and lawmakers asking for an urgent hearing in last-ditch attempts to save millions of microbusinesses from bankruptcy.
Homecrafters and handmade toy manufacturers are heading for Capitol Hill on January 14 to attend the Open Forum of the House Small Business Committee this Wednesday, and object to the new Consumer Product Safety Act for lead-tests of all child-products.
US congressman Anthony Weiner of New York's ninth district warns today that millions of dollars of safe US-made children's clothing and toys will go unsold because of the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, effective from February 20.