Oversight of the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Product Safety in the Holiday Season, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, December 2, 2010 [open pdf - 1MB]
From the opening statement of Mark Pryor: "Each year, billions of toys are purchased by consumers and end up in the hands of children. Unfortunately, not all these toys are safe. Last year, 12 children died as a result of injuries related to toys, and thousands ended up in emergency rooms. While it's difficult to prevent all such injuries, it is the mission of the Consumer Product Safety Commission to protect the general public against unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with toys and other consumer products, and to assist consumers in evaluating the comparative safety of those products. Each year, on average, over 28,000 deaths related to consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction occur. Researchers estimate the cost of deaths, injuries, and property damage associated with consumer products totals more than $800 billion annually in the United States. Consequently, the importance of this agency and the efforts to reduce these statistics while building safer communities and a safer marketplace cannot be overstated." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark Pryor, Roger F. Wicker, Tom Udall, Amy Klobuchar, Inez M. Tenenbaum, Anne M. Northup, Rachel Weintraub, Stephen Lamar, H. Garry Gardner, Jill Chuckas, Maria Cantwell, Frank R. Lautenberg, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Johnny Isakson.
S. Hrg. 111-1106; Senate Hearing 111-1106
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