In the wake of multiple recalls of toys made in China, U.S. lawmakers have introduced a number of bills that could significantly affect the business relationship between Chinese toy manufacturers and their U.S. customers. Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, a law firm specializing in international trade law, outlines several of those measures. They include S. 1833, the Children's Product Safety Act of 2007, which would require that all toys be tested by an independent third party and bear a certificate of such testing prior to importation, and S. 1847, the Consumer Product Safety Act of 2007, which would increase penalties for failing to comply with a recall order while shortening the time for public disclosure of recalls. A third bill, H.R. 1699, would require manufacturers to provide postage-paid registration forms to consumers, and maintain records for six years, to facilitate recalls or safety alerts on durable infant and toddler products.
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