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Update on CPSIA and Our Vendors

by Ian on January 20, 2009

After talking to most of our vendors over the last few days we have found that we can divide them into a few categories:

1) Two vendors knew what was going on and actually have been doing testing. We should be receiving certificates shortly.

2) Most vendors were unaware of the law and are now running around frantically trying to figure out what to do.

3) Several vendors knew about the law and are resigned to taking back all existing children's inventory because they know that either they will not be able to get testing done in time or that testing will bankrupt their companies and they are better off dropping children's products from the line.

4) Some knew about the law and some didn't but have the same response: The law is crazy and unenforceable and there is no way they can get everything tested. They know that all their parts are safe so they will send us a letter saying so but aren't going to get lab certificates. These vendors don't believe that the government really means what the law says and that the law will probably be ammended before the implementation date.

I really hope that the law does get ammended. The easiest thing to fix would be to say that if all the components in a product are certified, the actual product doesn't need to be. Unfortunately, at the moment, our failure to have certificates could result in $100,000 in fines PER PRODUCT LINE. I don't think I, or any other small business, can afford to take that risk.

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