Will the threat of lawsuits take my toys away?
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that went into effect on February 10, 2009, continues to have a devastating effect on our economy, particularly our small business community.
Thrift shops, used book stores, libraries and motorcycle shops have been some of those hit hardest by this retroactive law, written to include any product designed or intended primarily for children 12 and under. While on its face a noble cause, its devastating effects have been felt across the country. Affected products thus far have included: any children’s book printed before 1985, youth motorcycles and ATVs, many articles of clothing, baseball bats, games, school supplies, toys, and countless other items.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website, the lead content limit implemented in February is set to be cut in half in August. That means small business owners who have paid large sums of money to have their products tested for compliance in February will have to pay again to have these very same items tested for a new standard in just a few months.
If this law is not amended, there is no telling how high the economic costs could get, especially once personal injury lawyers get involved by trolling for violations to make themselves easy money. No one will be safe, not small businesses, not sellers on eBay or Craigslist, not a citizen holding a garage sale. We must demand reform now!