From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
November 10, 2008
Tiffany Champion, Office of Senator Van de Putte, (210) 733-6604
Celeste Villarreal, Office of Senator Zaffirini, (512) 463-0121

Senator Van de Putte Files Legislation to Prohibit the Sale and Use of Unsafe Children's Products

(AUSTIN) -- State Senators Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) and Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) filed S.B. 95 today, which will allow parents easy access to information regarding unsafe children's products. S.B. 95 requires the Department of State Health Services to maintain a list of unsafe children's products on its website, furnish a copy of the list to child care facilities, and requires child care facilities to prominently post notice of the recalled product's list in the facility. Most importantly, S.B. 95 prohibits the use of recalled products in Texas child care facilities.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2005, an estimated 60,000 children under age four were injured and 61 were killed due to dangerous children's products. Children's products are recalled an average of twice a week and constitute more than half of all products recalled by the CPSC. Research shows that recall information is not reaching consumers in an effective manner. S.B. 95 would require child care facilities to keep a list of all recalled children's products on site and notify parents of the existence of the list.

"We must do all we can to protect children from dangerous products. Simply recalling products accessible to children is not enough. We need to ensure that parents have easy access to information that will help keep their children safe," said Senator Van de Putte.

"I am delighted to co-author legislation that will protect our youngest and most vulnerable Texans. S.B. 95 will ensure that parents and caregivers are educated regarding potentially dangerous products and that children are safe, whether at home or in a licensed childcare facility," stated Senator Zaffirini.

"Given the recent influx of dangerous child products manufactured in China and elsewhere, it has never been more urgent for our legislature to help ensure our children's safety. As a mother and grandmother, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this legislation," Senator Van de Putte added.