Posted: Feb 17, 2010 3:35 PM
The makers of children's products are hearing a stern warning from one of the nation's top safety officials. The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission says the makers of toys, cribs and other children's products need to put safety first. If not, she says, they'll face possible fines, lawsuits or other actions.
Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum says the commission will be "creative" in using its authority. In a speech to an international consumer safety group, Tenenbaum said the commission was given new enforcement powers in 2008, and that it's "not afraid to use them."
Last month, at a hearing on crib safety, House members wanted to know why it took the commission more than six months to negotiate a recall in November of more than 2 million cribs that were linked to the suffocation deaths of four infants. At that hearing, she promised to renew efforts to speed up recalls.