CPSC Clarifies Requirements of New Children’s Product Safety Laws Taking Effect in FebruaryThe article is short, so you can go read it for yourself.
Guidance Intended for Resellers of Children’s Products, Thrift and Consignment Stores
Here is what concerns me about this:
"The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties."
They are clarifying that the resellers do not need to have the certificates of conformity. They do not need to conduct tests of the products. That's cool.
However, it is still illegal to sell any of these items that exceed the limits--to the point that criminal charges and penalties are involved. How are stores supposed to know? Huh..."should avoid products that are likely to have lead content"...indeed! Avoid it or get a $100,000 fine and a felony charge!
Can't miss the last line though: "The agency has underway a number of rulemaking proposals intended to provide guidance on the new lead limit requirements."
I can't wait to see what they propose. Officially they have no authority to actually *change* the law...only the congress can do that.