Oxford, MA (PressExposure) January 26, 2009 -- The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), unless amended quickly, may end the dreams of small business owners, like Oxfordâs Rae Lynn Glispin, creator of the unique Bed Bumper for Big Kids sold online at http://www.kidzcomfort.com. Beginning February 10, 2009, all products âwith small partsâintended to be sold to children under 12, including toys, furniture, apparel, and books must be certified as meeting strict lead standards. Since many small business owners cannot afford the costs associated with the new law, they will be forced out of business.
âThis is an unfortunate circumstance for small business owners across America,â states Glispin, who started her home business in 2007. âI understand legitimate concerns of parents, who, like me, want only lead-free products around their children. The CPSIA rightly extends its reach to products which could possibly contain lead, such as painted furniture. But the law, as it currently stands, affects virtually every product, including those, like mine, which are highly unlikely to contain lead.â
The Consumer Product Safety Commission took action in proposing CPSIA in response to reports of numerous imported goods that were subsequently recalled because of high lead levels. CPSIA, unless amended, contains several target lead levels for various products to be attained over a one-year period. The February 2009 target applies to the required third party accreditation of childrenâs products with âsmall parts.â All manufacturers of childrenâs products, including those who create new products from already-certified materials, are subject to the new law.
The CPSC lists several accredited laboratories that business owners must use for the testing of their products. Glispin contacted several in the New England area for estimates of the costs involved. âI was very surprised to learn that prices varied tremendously among the labs, from $60 per component up to $400 per component,â states Glispin. âFor me, this means that I would have to stop making my smaller Kidz Heat & Cool Packs and the Toddler Travel Pillows. For my Comforter Sets and Bed Bumpers, I would have to increase my prices by at least 25% just to cover the estimated cost of testing.â
Glispin suggests that consumers who wish to learn more about CPSIA may visit [http://cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html]. For those wishing to express their concerns to their local politicians, Glispin proposes http://www.congress.org.