As some of you may know, the Consumer Product Improvement Act of 2008 went into affect this month. It basically says that I am going to sell or even give away a product that is intended for children under 12 I have to demonstrate (with expense testing by an approved lab) that my product is safe. The burden of proof is on me to demonstrate that it is safe. It is not on the government to prove that it is unsafe. This feels like I am being presumed guilty until I can prove that I am innocent.
One of the greatest joys in my life is to give something that I made to a loved one, including nieces and nephews who are under 12. Recently, I made a beautiful cradle for a nephew and a music box for a niece. There is absolutely no question in my mind that these items are safe for children. Yet, this law, effectively says that I can’t do that anymore.
The target of this law was imported goods and products produced by large manufactures. However, the law is too sweeping and I and many others may be unintended victims of this law.
Are other LJs aware of this and what, if anything, are you doing about it?
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.