The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has concluded their study to assess disparities in the risks and incidence of preventable injuries and deaths among certain racial minority children. The study was required by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in light of the 29,400 consumer product-related deaths in 2004 estimated by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The conclusions? GAO recommends that CPSC first collects better data in order to accurately measure real differences in incidence of consumer product-related injuries and deaths among specific populations. CPSC must also develop improved ways of assessing how well safety messages are received and implemented by intended consumer audiences. Despite the missing data, CPSC has tailored some of its safety information to reach minority groups, especially by translating its media into other languages like Spanish, and has formed relationships with other organizations to disseminate materials to specific populations.