Illinois congressmen say a consumer safety law has done its job in making products safer for children. In the five years since the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, U.S. Re. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) says products for kids are now more dependable. “Our children are no longer used as test dummies, because children’s toys and products will have to be pre-tested to meet these higher standards,” said Schakowsky.
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Schakowsky and other consumer safety advocates celebrated the anniversary, touting the law’s success in reducing product recalls, as well as making previously voluntary safety standards mandatory. While that has reduced injuries and deaths attributed to unsafe or defective products, Maria Whelan of Illinois Action for Children says there’s more work to be done. “The biggest hurdle that still remains,” Whelan said, “is educating parents, educating caregivers, and educating communities.” Whelan says the latest development from the act, an online public database of consumer reports at http://www.saferproducts.gov/, should increase awareness of unsafe products to consumers and manufacturers.