In the United States, many steps have to be taken to determine if a product is safe or not. Consumers have a right to safe products, along with warning labels and directions to help them use those products safely. A lot of this work is done by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is also known as the CPSC.
A new bill in California, known as Senate Bill 763 (SB763), is seeking to put even more labels on products, or to at least increase the amount of information that is required on those labels. It specifically targets children's products, and the labels would need to tell parents if the products used flame-retardant chemicals or not.
The bill looks at 20 different children's products. As of right now, each of these products does not have to meet the standards for flammability in California, as they are on the exempt list.
Some people are skeptical of this bill. They think it would be too much of a burden, and that it could then raise the costs of those products. On top of that, they have said that consumers could be confused by these new markings and labels.
However, it has also been noted that consumer don't usually change what they buy or how they use something based on the labels. Multiple studies have looked at consumer behavior and no correlation has been found.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of an unsafe product or improper warning labels, you may be able to seek compensation for your loss from the manufacturer, and it's wise to know how this new bills could alter those rights if it's signed into law.
Source: Fox and Hounds, "SB763 Threatens the Credibility of Product Safety Regulations & Consumer Communications," Anne M. Northup, July 14, 201