CR endorses new bicameral bill to end deadly secrecy law that protects companies at the expense of consumer safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumer Reports today endorsed a new bill in Congress sponsored by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) to make sure that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) can promptly alert the public about hazardous products on the market and in people’s homes.
The Sunshine in Product Safety Act would repeal section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act, a notorious provision of law that has been shown to prevent or delay the CPSC from warning consumers about serious safety hazards, including those associated with Peloton Tread+ treadmills, Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, and other products linked to children’s deaths. Section 6(b) generally blocks the CPSC from telling the public about a specific product’s dangers without manufacturer permission.
William Wallace, manager of safety policy at Consumer Reports, said, “It’s appalling. When the CPSC wants to tell people about a product that could hurt or kill them, they usually have to get the company’s permission first. Section 6(b) fundamentally protects manufacturers and their bottom line while leaving consumers and children at risk. Every member of Congress should support the Sunshine in Product Safety Act because it would put people’s safety first.”
CR says section 6(b) is an untenable policy that delays needed recalls and leaves parents, caregivers, and all consumers in the dark. The Sunshine in Product Safety Act would allow the CPSC to publicly share critical information about unsafe products without risking a lawsuit by the product’s manufacturer.
Oriene Shin, policy counsel at Consumer Reports, said, “People should be able to learn about hazardous products immediately. The Sunshine in Product Safety Act would help people, especially parents, have the information they need to keep their loved ones safe. Companies would be held accountable for doing the right thing, instead of hiding behind the law and letting deadly secrets harm people for months or years.”
In addition to Consumer Reports, the Sunshine in Product Safety Act is endorsed by the Consumer Federation of America, Kids In Danger, and Public Citizen.
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