I just read this article about the new CPSIA law regarding childrens products.
Apparently cotton and wool are going to be exempt from testing. I have been buying mixed blend and acrylic yarns because they cost less, and I think they're easier to work with, but i am going to be switching to cotton and wool come Feb 10th to be able to stay in compliance with the law.
The statement made that it's not like the toy police will be at our doors on Feb. 11th makes me feel a bit like more exemptions are to come. It's kind of like the CPSA is saying, "Don't worry, don't close up shop, we're trying to fix it."
Hopefully this is a step in the right direction. What we really need is for the CPSIA to just go away. They need to get rid of it.
All the recalls from 2007 (all 43 million of them) were recalls from products that were not in compliance with previous laws! Instead of addressing the issue about non-compliance with already existing laws, Congress created the CPSIA, an all encompassing pile of poop.
Here's a great quote from an article I just read...
"How did this happen? The Emperor's new set of invisible clothes were borne of anger from "43 million toys recalled in 2007". [See http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=78263.] What exactly happened in 2007? The lead-related recalls related to LEAD-IN-PAINT, not lead in substrates. [In addition, there was one tort involving one piece of lead jewelry.] Lead-in-paint has been illegal for decades. I hate to be a killjoy, but this means that the problem in 2007 was compliance with law, not the strictness of the rules. This is a behavioral issue, not a restrictions issue, and requires a thoughtful solution tailored to the nature of the problem (lack of compliance). By extending the law well beyond the known safety issue (lead-in-paint) to a laundry list of imaginary risks not associated with actual injuries, we end up arguing about whether cloth dolls, culturally-authentic clothing, microscope bulbs and Harry Potter books present a lead danger. If we are going to pay to prevent safety "risks" of that microscopic magnitude, why stop there? If children's products up to age 12 are such a serious (and undefined) lead safety issue, why aren't dog toys? Why aren't products for adults? What about industrial products? What about products we put on spaceships?"
Here's where I found it... http://learningresourcesinc.blogspot.com/2009/01/cpsia-emperor-has-no-clothes.html