Thursday, January 8, 2009
CPSC clarifies CPSIA: thrift stores will not have to certify all their products for hazards
After weeks of swirling rumours and talk of shutting down the second-hand children's clothing market -- dumping tons of wearable clothes in landfills, CPSC has clarified their enforcement of the new CPSIA. While selling lead-tainted or other unsafe products still violates the law, CPSC clarifed that second hand sellers of used children's products -- thrift stores, church rummage sales, individuals, will not have to certify that their products meet the lead, phthalate and other toy safety requirements. KID looks to CPSC to provide additional guidance in the near future to thrift stores and others on how to avoid selling dangerous products. Here is KID's checklist for donated or second-hand sales.