The Consumer Product Safety Act established an independent agency o f the federal government to investigate the causes o f product-related injuries and to develop regulations to control their occur rence
Principal personages: Warren Grant M agnuson (1905-1989),
a U.S. senator from California and a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce
John E. M oss (1915-), a U.S. senator from California and a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce
Richard M. N ixon (1913-1994), the thirty-seventh president of the United States
Charles Percy (1919-), a U.S. senator from Illinois, the sponsor of the bill
(CPSA) established the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as an independent agency of the federal government. The CPSC was given authority to identify unsafe products, establish standards for labeling and product safety, recall de fective products, and ban products that posed unrea sonable risks to consumers. In order to ensure com pliance with its directives, the CPSC was given authority to impose civil and criminal penalties, including fines and jail sentences.