• President Bush Signs Sweeping New Consumer Product Safety Law
  • August 28, 2008 | Authors: Kerrie Campbell; Ivan J. Wasserman
  • Law Firm: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP - Washington Office
  • On August 14, 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law HR 4040, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“the Act”).  The sweeping reforms became Public Law, PL 110-314, 122 Stat. 3016.  According to White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto, "[t]his bill will help to ensure that products Americans find on their store shelves are safe and that the regulating agencies have the resources they need to enforce law."

    As previously reported in Manatt’s August 5, 2008 Special Bulletin, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the conference report on HR 4040.   The Act is largely the product of public alarm about numerous toy safety recalls that took place last year. It will comprehensively overhaul the way the Consumer Product Safety Commission does business and will have a dramatic impact on the products and businesses under its jurisdiction.  Key provisions are summarized in the August 5, 2008, Special Bulletin.