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Inside the CPSC: We Stand for Safety

Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, gives an update on her office's activities during the first year of the Obama Administration and its plans for the year ahead.

Ed. Note: You can watch video of each Cabinet member describing what his or her department or agency has accomplished this year and what to expect in the year ahead at our The President's Cabinet Reporting to You page.


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stands for safety, particularly the safety of our children. Our dedicated staff works every day to protect you and your family How do most folks know us? We’re the ones who recall unsafe products, including nearly 7 million cribs since 2007. Millions of strollers, clothing with drawstrings, window coverings, dangerous toys, jewelry and household products have been pulled from store shelves. Why? Because some of these products can harm children and cause tragic accidents for anybody, whether that’s ingesting lead or posing burn and fire hazards where we least expect them.  We also work with businesses to make products safer. We have strengthened the oversight of imported products at the ports with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and we’ve reached out to Chinese officials to strengthen product safety.

We at the CPSC want to help you; we also want you to do your part. Sign up to receive recall alerts and make sure to contact companies for repairs or replacements of unsafe products in your homes. Join us online at our On Safety blog, on Twitter and via YouTube for the latest safety information and important safety messages for your families.

Inez Tenenbaum is Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission