CPSC Impotence

Republicans love neutering regulatory agencies charged with looking after public safety. So it is with the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission.

I just found out about this delightful study from Public Citizen titled Hazardous Waits: CPSC Lets Crucial Time Pass Before Warning Public About Dangerous Products. Public Citizen examined 46 cases from 2002 forward in which the agency fined manufacturers for noncompliance with product danger reporting requirements. Manufacturers in those cases took an average of 993 days to report known product-related hazards to CPSC despite a statutory requirement that such hazards be reported “immediately.”

Even more delightful is the fact that the agency took an average of 209 days following receipt of a report to disclose the information publicly.

The full study and Public Citizen’s recommendations are available via the above link. One of the recommendations is to increase CPSC’s budget and staff. However, as we saw here, the Bushie currently running the agency actually opposes additional staffing and funding.

H/T — Tort Burger

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