2008-06-27 / Top Stories

Child Protection Act

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has announced the passage of legislation that she introduced to enact the Children's Product Safety and Recall Effectiveness Act of 2008. The legislation will prohibit the sale of recalled toys and other children's products in New York State and require that sellers of children's products notify consumers of such recalls.

During the summer of 2007, state agencies inspected approximately 2,800 retail establishments and thrift shops and identified roughly 400 stores that carried one or more of the recalled items. Two major problems surfaced, however.

First, not all retailers received word from their supplier or manufacturer that an item has been recalled. Second, although most retail stores posted signs to inform customers of the recall, the posting of the recall notices were not conspicuous or uniform from store to store, making it difficult for consumers to be aware of important safety recall information.

The new bill attempts to address these problems in several ways: require manufacturers of such items to include a "product safety owner card," require such products have labels indicating the manufacturer's and importer's name, and authorize the CPB and attorney general to impose civil penalties if these rules are not followed.

Pheffer says, "Taken together, these provisions will help reduce the number of children in New York who are killed or injured by defective toys and other products."

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