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New acting chair for U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

With a new U.S. President in place, many of the residents of New Jersey have been eagerly watching the news to see who will be appointed to leadership positions with some of the country's biggest and most powerful agencies. When it comes to product safety, no agency is more important than the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC.) When legal issues involving products liability come up, the rules and regulations put forth by the CPSC are often highly relevant.

A spokesperson for the agency noted earlier this month that former U.S. Representative Ann Marie Buerkle will become the acting chair of the CPSC. Buerkle is a Republican who previously represented the area of Syracuse, New York, in Congress. Now, as the acting chair, Buerkle will be in a prime position for consideration for a permanent position overseeing the agency. Buerkle will take over from Democrat Elliot Kaye, who has led the agency since 2014.

The 65-year-old Buerkle has in the past favored reducing federal regulations. She has also come out against upping civil penalties for companies that are believed to have broken regulations preventing the selling of dangerous products. She claimed that consumers will be safer if the CPSC focuses on preventing issues instead of fining companies that break the rules.

Regardless of who leads the CPSC, consumer safety is an issue that potentially affects nearly everyone in the United States. Dangerous household products do not discriminate; anyone who has an unsafe product on their shelf can be adversely affected by design defects, manufacturing defects and more. A New Jersey products liability attorney can sort through any recent changes to the law or regulations and assist a consumer impacted by an unsafe or defective item.

Source:, "Ann Marie Buerkle set to lead Consumer Product Safety Commission," Mark Weiner, Feb. 10, 2017

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