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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WASHINGTON, DC (February 28, 2011) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) made the following statement on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's decision not to move forward with a safety rule for power windows in cars. Numerous injuries to children and also deaths have resulted from certain power windows' lack of an auto-reverse mechanism. The Congresswoman has worked for years to strengthen the safety mandate to prevent harm and tragedy.
More than 30 infant deaths since 2001; millions of recalls in recent years
WASHINGTON, DC (December 15, 2010) — Today U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), and a parent whose child died from a faulty crib announced that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved new federal rules to prohibit traditional drop-side cribs.
WASHINGTON, DC — (April 30, 2010) Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to the voluntary recall of 7 million drop side cribs announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.