Bad Toy Testing Law Kinda Sorta Won't Be Enforced for Another Year

Last week the House finally held committee hearings about the badly-written 2007 toy testing law I've covered here, here, and here. In today's Wall Street Journal, Reason contributor Walter Olson reports on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) hearings. The only person permitted to testify was Inez Tenenbaum, the new chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), who offered another year of legal limbo to small toymakers who find compliance onerous or even impossible:

Yielding to a business outcry, the agency postponed until next February the law's highly onerous product-testing requirements, which many small manufacturers have said will impose costs exceeding their annual profit or even revenue. It also has postponed enforcement of the law's effective ban on kids' bikes and power vehicles, which unavoidably contain leaded brass or similar alloys in certain components....

On July 20, only three-and-a-half weeks before the rules were to take effect, the CPSC announced some lenient if vague interpretive guidelines. The agency said it didn't think individual marking was required for very small objects and items in sets, such as wooden blocks, and agreed that harm to a product's functionality or aesthetics might be a possible reason to reject marking as impracticable. So long as handcraft and small-production-run makers keep careful control of components, it seems, they might not even need to set up batch numbering systems.

Postponing enforcement of a stupid law is good. Rewriting it would be better. 

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  • Ironchef||

    Inez Tenenbaum's previous occupation: miracle worker. She actually made the South Carolina public school (already the poorest performing in the US) actually worse.

  • ||

    Bad KMW, stealing bandwidth. Bad!

    And, postponing enforcement is good. Rewriting it is better. Throwing it out the window and never speaking of it again is best.

  • ||

    If the bureaucrats try hard enough they may eventually be able to eliminate all manufacturing and industry in the entire country - and that would have to be a really good thing, right??? It would save the planet, right???

  • No Name Guy||

    "Postponing enforcement of a stupid law is good."

    Nooooo....because that will delay

    "Rewriting it..."

    Brutal enforcement of this stupid law is what is needed. Then the sheeple will possibly wake up at the power grab.

    When the Congress claims power to regulate (otherwise legal to possess items)if you can and can not resell at your garage sale, there is no such thing as a limited govt.

    Wake up sheeple.

  • ||

    Sheeple.

  • economist||

    "Then the sheeple will possibly wake up at the power grab."

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! That's a good one. I have some real estate to sell you. You know, real estate never loses value.

  • monkey on juice||

    Screw it. No more toys for the kids. I'll just have to start buying them guns a few years early.

  • ||

    I am a dull and simple lad and evem I knew the law was fucked up before it was passed. Tap dance all you want Washington politicians and bureaucrats, you know and I know you fucked this up big time.

    A responsible legislature would just repeal the ill conceived law tomorrow and replace it with not a damned thing.

  • highnumber||

    I am a dull and simple lad

    J sub D,
    Here, I bought you some really expensive champagne.

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