Friday, June 18, 2010

Consumer product safety commission product liability database

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has established a publicly available, searchable online database containing consumer product safety information. The database is required by Section 212 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which created a new §6A of the Consumer Product Safety Act entitled "Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database." The database can be accessed already at For an article (originally published in the New York Law Journal) expressing some concerns over the database go here. It concludes, among other things that the database "is potentially a worthwhile tool, providing both consumers and manufacturers with information that might be valuable. But it also portends significant product liability concerns for companies, including for those that are falsely accused."

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