Hope for Consumers


On Monday, June 13, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) held the grand opening of its brand new National Product Testing and Evaluation Center in Rockville, Maryland. The CPSC’s job is to test thousands of products for safety hazards and protect consumers from death or injury associated with using defective consumer products.

Previously, the CPSC conducted its tests in an old Nike missile radar site that was inexpensive and badly in need of repair. The old facility had antiquated equipment and leaked when it rained, making it a difficult place to fulfill the new testing requirements Congress imposed on the CPSC in 2008.

The new facility cost $20.4 million to get started, but it is well worth it. There are 75 scientists and engineers working together at the center, and they have more than double the lab space to work with. The consolidation of staff and resources will lead to faster testing that improves consumer protection, according to CSPC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

Among the Center’s accolades is a new, larger room with better ventilation for testing children’s clothing and mattress flammability. The CSPC reported 11,900 fires, 380 deaths, and 1,170 injuries related to mattress and bedding fires which resulted in $269.2 million in damages in 2002 alone. With its new resources, the CSPC will be able to weed out dangerous mattresses and thousands of other products so consumers can sleep a little more peacefully at night.

If you have been injured during the use of a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation through a product liability claim. It is important to seek the legal representation of an experienced lawyer who can guide you through the complexities of the litigation process and get you the compensation you deserve.