ANA Writes to U.S. Senate on Consumer Product Safety Commission Reauthorization Bill

ANA has sent a letter up to the United States Senate detailing our concerns with provisions in S. 2663, The CPSC Reform Act.  Our concerns are with provisions requiring manufacturers of children's toys or other products containing small parts to carry a warning in advertisements, including on internet and catalogue ads, about the product's hazards. 

Our letter makes two arguments:  that requiring warnings everywhere a product is discussed, rather than focusing on disclosure at the point of sale, is excessive and add nothing to consumer safety, and that the provisions pose serious First Amendment issues.  We are urging the Senate to consider the expanding the provisions of the House version of the bill, which would allow CPSC to conduct a rulemaking to determine the types of warnings that should be required.  We are also working with a coalition of groups, led by the National Association of Manufacturers, to make the Senate aware of our concerns.

It is our understanding that the bill will be brought to the floor either later today or early tomorrow.  You may want to consider weighing in on this legislation. 

If you have any questions, you can reach Dan Jaffe in ANA's Washington office at 202-296-2359 or at