It's a mistaken notion that the tracking labels provision of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act will improve children's product safety. The provision, intended to make recalls "more effective," is unlikely to have the desired effect except for high-value products with long life like cribs and bassinets. The costs imposed by the new law will hurt all of us by stunting innovation and slowing down small business formation.
It's time for Rep. Jim Matheson and his fellow members of Congress to stop avoiding input from businesses and address the obvious problems with the law. Changes need to be made to allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to assess the relative safety risk of products.
Salt Lake City