Courtesy of PW Children's Bookshelf:
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has outlined its enforcement policy for the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which took effect on Tuesday, February 10. While consumer products for children 12 and under cannot contain more than 600 parts per million of lead in any accessible part, the Commission said it would “not impose penalties against anyone for making, importing, distributing or selling” a list of specified products, including “an ordinary children’s book printed after 1985.”
The Commission says it will not prosecute makers or sellers of these products even if they are found to contain higher-than-permissible lead levels, as long as they did not knowingly sell unsafe products. These rules, announced last Friday, will remain in effect until the Commission takes further action—such as exempting “ordinary” books entirely.