ERIC Number: ED251229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Toy Safety Act. Hearings before the Subcommittee on the Consumer of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. United States Senate, Ninety-Eighth Congress, Second Session on S.2650 (June 8 and July 2, 1984).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Passage of the Toy Safety Act of 1984 (S.2650) would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to order the immediate recall of toys and children's articles that create a substantial risk of injury to children. The CPSC would no longer be required to issue a final rule banning a hazardous toy or article before it may begin a recall procedure. Nor would the CPSC be required to complete a rule-making proceeding to transfer its regulatory functions from one act to another. (Both rule-making and transfer processes require months or years to complete, thus permitting a hazardous product to remain in the marketplace.) Witnesses appearing before the subcommittee represented governmental and nongovernmental agencies, state legislatures, manufacturers and distributors of children's products and their associations, health organizations, consumer advocate groups, day care providers, and institutions of higher education. Testimony centers on (1) the rationale for the act; (2) characteristics of hazardous and safe toys and articles; (3) injuries to children resulting from hazardous toys and articles; (4) manufacturers' attempts to make toys safe; (5) problems of recalling unsafe toys; (6) potential problems created by the act and its recommended changes; (7) age labeling on toys; (8) Wisconsin state provisions for protecting children from unsafe products; (9) procedures for implementing the act; (10) broader issues of product safety; and (11) positive results and improvement of the product recall process. Texts of proposed legislation are included in this report. (RH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.