: News

Filed Under:

Safety Commission To Finalize Database For Safer Shopping

Play associated audio

By Sara Sciammacco, Capitol News Connection

Today the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will finalize the blueprint for an interactive electronic database that aims to help consumers shop for safer toys and other products.

The public database is mandated under a 2008 federal law. It will allow consumers to share their concerns or complaints about products and file injury reports.

Parents, for example, will be able to learn about the dangers of toys and other children's products while they are still on the stores shelves, regardless of whether the federal government has taken any action to regulate them.

"That's going to make manufacturers a little bit uncomfortable, it is going to make us a little bit uncomfortable because now you all will be looking over our shoulders and saying, 'Why aren't you looking at this product?'" says CPSC Commissioner Robert Adler.

He says the commission is still working out issues regarding the database. For example, it needs to clarify whether a parent who did not witness their child's toy-related injury or death can file a report as a consumer.

Some commissioners have expressed concerns that the database will be inaccurate and full of unsubstantiated complaints.

It is set to go into effect next March.

NPR

Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
NPR

Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
NPR

Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
WAMU 88.5

Capital Bikeshare Supplier Bought, Reopening Door To Expansion

Bixi, the company that supplies bicycles and bike stations to the Capital Bikeshare program, has been rescued from bankruptcy. But does that mean the bike sharing will resume expansion in our area?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.