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Children's consumer products safety under the CPSIA

One of the most vulnerable groups when it comes to products negligence and defective products is, unfortunately, minor children, including infants. Under the category of products liability, anyone who suffers an injury due to a product that was made without the necessary care and safety measures on the part of the manufacturers may be able to initiate a case against the manufacturer. There are various rules and regulations that have been established in order to specifically monitor the products that are being made for children as toys.

Under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the rules and regulations, as described in Consumer Product Safety Act, have been enhanced and have been made more stringent. Under the new act, the manufacturers of children's products are also liable to be tested by a neutral third party in adherence with the rules in order to introduce their products into the market. Not adhering to the rules can cause civil as well as criminal charges relating to products liability against the company and the manufacturer.

The basic guidelines that the manufacturers of any children's product need to follow can be summed up as follows:

  • All children's product safety rules and guidelines that are established under the new act must be followed strictly.
  • All children's products need to be tested by a CPSC-accredited laboratory to ensure the safety of the products. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule as stated in the act itself.
  • The manufacturer must also obtain a Children's Product Certificate to ensure that the products have adhered to the rules and regulations.
  • All products manufactured and certified by the accrediting agencies must contain permanent tracking information. The packaging of the products must also be functional according to the guidelines.

Source: CPSC.gov, "The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)," Dec. 6, 2013

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