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Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks
GAO-15-17: Published: Oct 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2014.
According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) officials, industry representatives, consumer groups, and subject-matter experts GAO interviewed, the timeliness of CPSC's responses may be affected by several factors, including (1) compliance actions that can involve litigation, (2) reliance on voluntary standards, (3) rulemaking procedures, (4) restrictions on sharing information with the p...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Awareness, Use, and Usefulness of SaferProducts.gov
GAO-13-306: Published: Mar 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2013.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has used various approaches to inform the public about SaferProducts.gov, including using social media, public service announcements, and printed materials, and promoting the site during speeches and events. CPSC's efforts to inform the public about SaferProducts.gov have been part of a larger effort to raise awareness about the agency as a whole. Whil...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Agency Faces Challenges in Responding to New Product Risks
GAO-13-150: Published: Dec 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2012.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has broad authority to identify, assess, and address product risks, but faces some challenges in identifying and responding to new risks in a timely manner. CPSC uses various means to stay informed about risks that may be associated with new or existing products. These methods include (1) market surveillance activities for imported products, retail sto...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Action Needed to Strengthen Identification of Potentially Unsafe Products
GAO-12-30: Published: Oct 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.
In the wake of increased product recalls in 2007-2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Among other things, CPSIA requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish a database on the safety of consumer products that is publicly available, searchable, and accessible through the CPSC Web site. In response, CPSC launched SaferProducts.gov i...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Better Data Collection and Assessment of Consumer Information Efforts Could Help Protect Minority Children
GAO-09-731: Published: Aug 5, 2009. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 2009.
In 2004, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that 29,400 deaths in the United States were related to consumer products. As required under Section 107 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, this study reviews what is known about the relative incidence of preventable injuries and deaths among minority children associated with products intended for children's...
Feasibility of Requiring Financial Assurances for the Recall or Destruction of Unsafe Consumer Products
GAO-09-512R: Published: Apr 22, 2009. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2009.
In 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it had obtained the voluntary recall of 563 unsafe or potentially unsafe products by the companies that manufactured, imported, distributed, or sold the products--the largest number for the agency in the past 10 years. In the prior year, CPSC announced 472 recalls--which was also an increase from the previous year and included s...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Injury Data Insufficient to Assess the Effect of the Changes to the Children's Sleepwear Safety Standard
HEHS-99-64: Published: Apr 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the data available on burn injuries to children and the implications of these data for the effect of the recent amendments to the children's sleepwear standard, focusing on: (1) how many burn injuries involving children's sleepwear occurred annually before and after the amendments; and (2) what conclusions, if any, can be drawn from these data ab...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Better Data Needed to Help Identify and Analyze Potential Hazards
T-HEHS-98-23: Published: Oct 23, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 1997.
GAO discussed the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) procedures to protect consumers from unreasonable risk of injuries, focusing on CPSC's project selection, use of cost-benefit analysis and risk assessment, and information release procedures.GAO noted that: (1) although CPSC has established criteria to help select new projects, with the agency's current data, these criteria can be measu...
Information on CPSC
HRD-92-37R: Published: Jul 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), focusing on the CPSC mission, organizational structure, budget, general performance, changes in focus, and activities. GAO noted that: (1) the CPSC mission involves identification and analysis, hazard assessment and reduction, compliance and enforcement, consumer information, and agency...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Personnel Resources and Other Matters
HRD-88-57FS: Published: Apr 7, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) ability to enforce its regulations, focusing on such personnel resource issues as staffing and the extent and duration of employee details and reassignments.GAO found that: (1) CPSC has had two commissioner positions vacant since March 1, 1987; (2) the number of full-time employees decl...