I have a beautiful little boy. His health, welfare and happiness are absolutely paramount to me. I can understand the reasoning behind this law. I don't know what I would do if he became sick or -god forbid- died from a toy or clothing I gave him. However the CPSIA obviously goes far beyond what is reasonable. To deem all untested items hazardous is illogical and reactionary.
It is important that consumers take responsibility for what we bring into our homes. We can not expect anyone to do this for us. This law will severely harm the one group of manufacturers most likely to take the care and effort needed to provide parents with safe products and answer our questions honestly.
I sincerely hope that this law will be amended. I don't think small business should be exempt from safety regulations, but there must be some middle ground. I don't have the answers, but I am trying my best to spread awareness about this issue.
To learn more, please visit these sites:
There are also groups on social networking sites like facebook, myspace, etc.
I hope everyone - world wide - puts some thought into this and expresses their solidarity with the small business community.
A press release on Jan.8/09 from the CPSA has stated that re-sellers of children's items, such as thrift stores, will be exempt the from certification requirements.
You can read about it here