Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Acting Chairperson Nancy Nord yesterday met with consumers in a “Town Hall Meeting” at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN. Nord answered questions from concerned consumers regarding the safety of imported products from china (specifically the recent spate of toy recalls) and discussed the CPSC’s plans to create an “early warning system” and educate foreign manufacturers on US product safety regulations.
Chairman Nord also used the opportunity to highlight the record “civil penalty” fine given to Reebok for selling shoes that came with toxic-lead charms, which has been blamed for the death of a 4-year-old in boy in Minnesota.
“Consumer products are safer today than ever before, but when you’re talking about children’s safety, those statistics are little comfort,” said Acting Chairman Nord. “I’ve heard from parents just like you. I’ve read the e-mails, and as a mother, I share your worries. So, I’m here today to say we are working to do even more to keep children safe.”