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Still Not Safe: New Recalls Underline Need For Strong Hazardous Product Legislation

In its 2007 fiscal year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a record 473 product recalls as the marketplace was besieged by unsafe toys and other products. The recalls included more than 25 million toys, tainted with hazardous lead paint, harmful, tiny magnets, toxic chemicals, and other dangers. In response, on December 19, 2007, the House of Representatives passed the CPSC Modernization Act, which gave the CPSC expanded powers and funding to improve product safety. The Senate passed its own CPSC reform legislation in early March. Members of the House and Senate are meeting now to hammer out a final agreement on a bill that can be endorsed by both houses and go to the President. It is essential that they combine the best consumer protection provisions in each bill.