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What is the REASON behind the new law to not sell childrens clothes?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:37 PM on Jan. 11, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Because of the lead. That is why. It wont affect consignment stores or thirft stores though.

    Answer by gemgem at 6:39 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Actually it will affect the stores. Read here.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:44 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • But how is there lead in the clothing? I understand the toy thing, but why the clothing?

    Answer by PROGENITOR at 6:49 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Clothing has buttons, zippers, decals, snaps, etc that could all contain lead.

    Answer by SamanthaAgain at 6:50 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • That is so stupid.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:52 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Actually it wont read here at the site itself for immediate
    The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.

    Answer by gemgem at 6:53 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Actually I wrote my congressman and senator when this was posted the other day, and he responded saying that they were ammending this to allow clothing and some natural toy products to second hand stores. (that would be the agency set up to carry out the new law cpsia or something like that.0000

    Answer by lovinangels at 6:55 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Safety. People asked for it, and they now have it for their children.

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 6:58 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • The law was a knee-jerk reaction to all the lead recalls early last year. Congress (and the American public) panicked and wrote a very badly worded law.

    As orignially written, the law would make it illegal for anyone to resale any item meant for children 12 and under that had not been certified to be lead free. On the surface it sounds great. But as usually happens, people started thinking about it and discussing it after the fact. That's when peple realized that thrift stores like used children's stores and goodwill would be affected. Ebay and garage sales may have been too. Have a fond memory of a toy from your childhood? You would no longer be able to hunt one down to share with your child.

    Because of the outrage over the un-intended aspcets, the law has been changed. Second-hand items are now exempt.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:42 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Lead. There have been so many instances of lead poisoning in children that people are doing what they can (thank goodness) to help prevent it. And pthalates in plastic can have many harmful effects including birth defects, hormonal disruptions, and yes, cancer. Clothing can have lead in any kind of decorations, pictures that are on them, buttons, zippers, anything like that. It's a good law basically and if they do amend it so that thrift stores wont be affected that would be great. I will buy my kids clothes and toys all new because I wont have to worry at all about the lead in them, but for people that need to buy from (or own) consignment shops/thrift stores it would be devastating for them to be included in the law.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 7:46 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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