Can someone with legal experience regarding the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act answer this?
I am a Work-At-Home-Mom. I make custom baby carriers and sell them. Each of my carriers is one-of-a-kind. I buy my fabric from nationally trusted retailers such as JoAnn Fabrics, etc. I do not buy loads of fabric since I make them on an order-by-order basis (so I can customize for my buyer). How is the CPSIA going to affect me in particular? I am not the one importing the fabric or thread. Shouldn't my supplies be tested before I buy them? Also, even if they are tested, I usually only buy fabric remnants instead of whole reels. It would be ridiculous for me to ask for certificates for 1 yard of fabric. I feel like this whole thing is going to put me, and a whole bunch of others like me, out of business. How can I possibly afford to have each and every one of my baby carriers tested for lead?BACKGROUND INFO:Congress passed a law in August 2008 called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). This law came about because of the numerous recalls of children's toys in the past two years and specifically the issue of lead in the toys. While I applaud the attempt at making children's products safer, the law as stands, will actually remove many of the products that we have turned to in place of those made in China.As of February 10th, 2009, ALL children's products sold in the United States will need to be certified to be lead free and many products will need additional testing. To be certified, the final product sold needs to have each component on it tested for lead. This sounds wonderful when you think of all of the "Made in China" children's products that are out there and all of the children's items that are mass produced (mostly imported). HOWEVER, think of the handcrafted items sold within the US. Think of any children's item that is a ready made item that has been personalized with a child's name (it would need to be retested because it is the final sold product that needs to be certified). Think of the children's items that are sold at craft shows, garage sales, ebay, consignment shops and fundraisers. As of February 10th, it will be illegal to sell any children's products without certification, no matter when it was produced. Collectible vintage toys and trains? A "banned substance". You will not be able to donate items for charity because they are a "banned substance" since they are not certified. This applies not only to toys, but all products such as books, shoes, clothing, school supplies, sporting equipment, jewelry, etc. that are possibly intended for children 12 and under.