I can’t believe how much attention this initial post got. I actually had a lot of people linking to it from many places and the post got many comments. I am glad we were all able to have a fair discussion of this subject.
A couple of readers shared with me this clarification made by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday. In short, “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. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and should avoid products that are likely to have lead content. Resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.”
Apparently there were a lot of people who reached out to their house representatives and other agencies and this issue was brought to the attention of the CPSC. They felt it was time to clarify things. So thank you for voicing your concerns about the possible ramifications of this law.