Children's Product Safety

One of my key achievements since coming to Congress was the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which became law in 2008.  CPSIA represents the most significant improvement in children’s product safety and support for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in decades.  The law included my provisions to require safety standards and pre-market testing for durable children’s products, including cribs, playpens and high chairs, and to ensure children's products come with a postage-paid recall registration card so consumers can be notified by the manufacturer should a problem arise. It also banned lead and dangerous phthalates in children’s toys. Through its authority under CPSIA, the CPSC banned dangerous drop-side cribs, which have been linked to more than 30 infant deaths.  After years of crib recalls, reports of deaths in unsafe cribs and heel-dragging by the industry, I worked with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Kids in Danger to get recalled cribs off store shelves and out of homes. The CPSIA is now law, and I remain committed to overseeing its strong implementation and to looking for further opportunities to improve the safety of toys and other children’s products.


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More on Children's Product Safety

May 8, 2018 Press Release

Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky announced the top three winners in the Illinois 9th Congressional District’s 2018 “An Artistic Discovery” Congressional Art Competition.  This annual competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, invites young artists from around the nation to compose and submit visual art to their member of Congress.   The winning piece from each District is then hung in a place of prominence in the Capitol complex. 

December 7, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, announced the winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge competition for the 9th Congressional District of Illinois.

“I am pleased to announce that John Dattilo, a Mount Prospect resident and Junior at John Hersey High School has been named the winner in this year’s competition. Congratulations John!

February 26, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) introduced the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, which will ensure that children and vulnerable individuals in immigration proceedings have access to counsel and receive legal orientation about their rights and responsibilities under immigration law.

July 18, 2014 Press Release

CHICAGO —  Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky held a press event with 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and others to help raise awareness about available resources that can end child hunger.

June 27, 2012 Press Release



WASHINGTON, DC (June 27, 2012) — Today Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) joined the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to celebrate tough new safety requirements for play yards or enclosed playpens for children - following the Commission's vote on a new standard that is the strongest in the world.