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CPSC vows to crack down on defective cribs

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Lyndsey Layton:

Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, warned crib makers today that her agency is cracking down on defective equipment and will push through tougher federal requirements for cribs.

"Now is the time to create a state-of-the-art crib standard and not let special interests hijack the process," Tenenbaum told industry executives, regulators and consumer advocates gathered in Washington for the annual meeting of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

"While we are on the subject of cribs, I have a message for manufacturers, a message that actually applies to makers of any consumer product," Tenenbaum said. "I say no more to the tired tactic of blaming parents in the press when CPSC announces a recall that involves a death. Take responsibility and show respect to the grieving family, yes, even if they are pursuing litigation. Those who tread into this arena when CPSC has found your product to be defective will be called out."

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 17, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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