Posts Tagged ‘Nord’

Nord To Give Up CPSC Chair

May 27, 2009

Nancy Nord plans to step down as chair of CPSC but plans to stay on the commission until her term is completed in 2012. Thomas Moore takes her spot.

President Obama has nominated two persons for commissioner posts, and a fifth commissioner could be added in August.

I’ll have more about CPSC commission makeup soon.


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Nominees Add Uncertainty at CPSC

May 5, 2009
Joe Delmont

Joe Delmont

President Obama’s recent announcement that he’s going to nominate two new commissioners for the CPSC doesn’t improve the current messy situation at the agency; it only adds to the confusion.

The announcement didn’t make clear whether the president’s nominations REPLACE Nancy Nord and Thomas Moore, both of whom were named by President Bush, or whether they are ADDED to the commission. Since there are spots for five commissioners, they could be added. One more nominee would fill the slate.

By the way, a quorum is actually THREE commissioners, but the quorum requirement was waived last year when the agency’s chairman resigned. Nord was named acting chair at that time. Since there’s no quorum, we’re seeing a lot of 2-0 votes.

I visited the White House website to see the official announcement for myself, but I didn’t get any answers. I’ll try to get more information in the next few days.

Unfortunately, this new confusion factor may give the foot-draggers in Congress one more reason to delay fixing the cluttered Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a full slate of commissioners at one of our country’s most important consumer safety regulators, a group that would be headed by an active, effective commissioner who is working with an adequate budget and who is directed by appropriate and clearly-worded legislation? Is that too much to hope for? JD

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One Small Word Ties Up ATV, Motorcycle Industry

March 12, 2009

CPSC Is Hung Up on Terminology In Child Safety Law
Battle Between Agency and Congress Continues

The Devil is in the details, they say, and that seems to be the case in the latest episode in the lingering battle between the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the rest of the world.

Yesterday (March 11, 2009) the CPSC published a final rule covering lead content in toys designed for children aged 12 and younger that virtually slams the door on industry efforts to avoid the foolish ban on kid’s quads, motorcycles and related parts, accessories and apparel items. The ban on kid’s toys was effective Feb. 10, 2009.

It all hinges on the three-letter word “any” that appears twice in the wide-ranging Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that became law last August.

The CPSIA was written to protect young children from eating small toys and jewelry that contained excessive amounts of lead, more than 600 parts per million. Good idea, but poor execution. It’s in those little detail thingees.

In its excitement and enthusiasm, Congress got carried away and extended the safety rules to everything from clothing and cribs to ATVs and motorcycles. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) was one of the leading proponents of the bill.

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My Guess: CPSC Will OK Sale of Kid’s ATVs

February 5, 2009

Dropping Kid’s Quads Doesn’t Help Anybody.

Agency Wants To Provide Relief

After closely following the growing industry frenzy over the possibility that we won’t be able to sell kid’s ATVs  after Tuesday, I’ve come to one inescapable conclusion:

The CPSC is not going to prevent the sale of kid’s ATVs next week.

There’s a whole fistful of reasons why the big agency isn’t going to shut down sales of ATVs to kids. And there are enough loopholes and exceptions in this poorly written law for the commissioners to wriggle through, if they wish to do so.

But here’s the bottom line:  It’s more dangerous for kids to ride adult size machines than to ride smaller machines containing lead that could hurt them if they eat the stuff. Like chewing on a battery terminal or a steel frame or a valve stem.

Which is more likely: A kid chomping on a battery cable, or a small child rolling an adult size ATV? Isn’t that a no-brainer?

So, even though the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) can’t change the Feb. 10, 2009, deadline— only Congress can do that— I’m betting that you see the commissioners take action that avoids halting sales next Tuesday. You might see that action as soon as tomorrow.

Last evening, a CPSC spokesman avoided making a flat out statement that sales of kid’s quads would be permitted next week, but he came pretty close. 

“The availability of youth model ATVs is critically important to CPSC,” Scott Wolfson told me. “We are an agency that has investigated numerous deaths of young riders who jumped on adult size ATVs.  We want to protect against these tragedies by having appropriately sized youth models that are available for parents to purchase for their children.”

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