Whew! The CPSC has some sense. They’ve issued a press release stating that second-hand shops will not be required to test children’s products for the presense of lead or phthalates.
From the press release:
The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.
The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.
I’m not sure how resellers will be able to know if their products have lead content or not without testing.
I’m just glad that we should all be able to buy used childrens’ clothing if we want to!
Hat tip to Smart Spending.