There have been gains in the safety of children’s products, but an Illinois congressman says there should be more. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) says the Consumer Product Safety Commission was lax about keeping dangerous children’s products – toys, clothing and fixtures such as cribs and strollers – out of stores, until a new law was enacted in 2008. But she says enforcement requires effort every year.
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“In 2015, I’m hoping and expecting the CPSC to be able to continue its strong oversight, and for manufacturers to build and sell the safest products yet, leading to further reduction in product safety recalls,” she said.
A goal for this year is to raise compliance with recalls, by finding more ways to make consumers aware of them. As it is now, products found to be dangerous are no longer sold, but that doesn’t mean they’re no longer in use, because they’re circulated within families or on Craig’s List or at garage sales.