Are toxic hazards in toys yesterday's news? A consumer advocacy group says not much has changed since last year's lead-based paint scare. Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group took a look at Consumer Product Safety Commission data for the first six months of this year, and WISPERG's Bruce Speight says they got a surprise — more kids' products recalled than in the first six months of last year, the "year of the recall."
WISPERG and other groups urge Congress to pass a strong bill to reform the Consumer Product Safety Commission before the August recess, a bill which includes whistleblower protections for agency employees. Speight claims there's a culture of "don't talk, don't publish," within the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which means plenty of recalls, but not much preventative action that would keep dangerous from getting on store shelves in the first place.