At the midpoint of 2017, we look back on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s activity under the new administration, including how recalls and penalties stack up against previous years, new focal points for safety initiatives and enforcement and an interesting development from the White House that could affect the CPSC’s regulatory approach in the future.
The most significant developments we expect in the coming months are a reversal in the trend of enforcement and steep penalties. Consumer products providers are increasingly willing to voluntarily recall products rather than wait for the CPSC to initiate an investigation. It would not be surprising if this pattern of self-regulation resulted in more cooperation between the CPSC and consumer products providers and, ultimately, an overall reduction in civil penalties.
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