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May 13, 2008

Stroller rally for child product safety

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Fed up with all the recalls? You can do something about it. Consumer advocacy groups have organized a "stroller rally for toy and product safety" on Capitol Hill, this Thursday the 15th starting with a press conference at 10 a.m. at Upper Senate Park (Constitution Ave. between New Jersey and Delaware Aves.) Local parents and their children are invited to take part.

You've read the headlines that made 2007 "the year of the recall." From toxic paint on imported Thomas the Tank Engine toys to BPA in baby bottles to the injury-prone Polly Pocket magnets to pthalates in baby bath soaps. Then, in December of last year, the U.S. House of Reps responded to public demands by passing legislation to reform the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ban lead in children's products, and increase scrutiny of imported toys. In March, the Senate passed its own CPSC reform proposal, which also bans phthalates - dangerous developmental toxins - in children's products.

The next step for the House and Senate bills is a conference that brings together the two pieces of legislation. The stroller rally is intended to give Congress the message that we want to see the strongest possible combination of these bills pass.

For more info about the rally, contact Erin Wingo at U.S. PIRG: ewingo-at-pirg-dot-org or 202.546.9707.

Posted by Sarah at 12:00 PM.