July 30, 2008

The House passes ban on lead in children's products

Just a drive by blog post today. I am in the middle of a remodel project that has consumed nearly all of my energy. Soon, it will be done.

Anyway, the House passed a ban on lead in children's products and created THE toughest standard in the world. There is a phthalate ban too. They are expanding the CPSC's budget to enforce the standards.

I have grave concerns about the reach of this bill. It has to pass the Senate first.

Before I post my opinions. What do you think?


  1. It was mentioned in one of the comments on that link, but the sample that is sent to be tested may be free and clear; but that doesn't mean the maker won't pull a switch-a-roo when they make the finally product. And it isn't feasible to retest everything.

    It's a SUPER idea, but how they can affordably and effectively execute it puzzles me.

  2. This is one of the biggest problems with overseas manufacturing. If at all possible there should be pre-production testing and a randomized post production testing. Certain products require in-line testing. One problem with Chinese manufacturing is the contractor will send stuff out to sub-contractors and they pull a switch-a-roo like you said. The use of sub-contractors makes it difficult to control quality.