Safety Commissioner OPPOSES Efforts to Reduce Child Injuries in San Diego

In March 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will go on-line with a searchable public database designed to improve the accessibility of potential product safety hazard information. Supported by a wide coalition of consumer groups, the database supports a parent’s right to know about the potential safety hazards of products already in the home or which concerned parents may be considering bringing into the home or purchasing as gifts. The goal behind the database is simple: an informed consumer is an empowered consumer!

Hardly a controversial idea.

Unless you are a commissioner with a history of antagonistic behavior toward the consumers you’re supposed to be protecting!

The new rules came up for a final vote last week. As a father, an uncle and as a child injury attorney in San Diego, my interest in the new rules drove me to watch the final debate (two-and-one-half hours!) among the 5 CPSC commissioners. It kind of reminded me of the old saying about the making of laws being like the making of sausages–not a pretty sight.

The most outspoken critic of the new safety rules was Nancy Nord, former lobbyist for big business and the former Chairman of the Commission. During her reign as Chairman, the staff was cut by half. When Congress offered the Commission more money to protect consumers, she turned it down! During the current debate, it became clear that she supports a system which makes it harder for parents to get information about dangerous defective products, opposes information being provided by independent expert witnesses, and would delay getting important information out to parents of injured children until the government had reached the moment of absolute certainty about a product’s danger.

Commissioner Robert Adler had the better view and said it simply:

“There are costs to keeping information hidden–children die.”

When child injuries and wrongful deaths can be prevented, the information needs to be available. The desire of manufacturers of dangerous children’s products to have a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard before information can get out to the public simply has no place when the lives and safety of children are at stake.

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