Judy Jackson


THE MAY, 1976 issue of Trial magazine has emblazoned across its cover "The Hazardous Products Jungle". The cover shows a bicycle, chain saw, stove, vacuum cleaner, TV set, football helmet and other consumer products engulfed in Henri Rousseau-like jungle foliage. Such a cover, with its implication that many consumer products presenting unreasonable risks remain on the market over three years after passage of the Consumer Product Safety Act of 1972 (CPSA), epitomizes the general disappointment with the performance of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the independent regulatory agency created by the 1972 Act to protect the public against "unreasonable risks associated with consumer products."

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