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HB 1861 Product safety; flame retardants, penalty.

Introduced by: Alfonso H. Lopez | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Product safety; flame retardants; regulations; fund; civil penalty. Prohibits the manufacture or sale in the Commonwealth, beginning July 1, 2018, of upholstered furniture intended for residential use or any product that is intended to come into close contact with a person younger than 12 years of age if such upholstered furniture or product contains any flame-retardant chemical listed in the bill. The bill requires the manufacturer of any prohibited product to notify sellers of the prohibition by March 31, 2018, and requires a manufacturer to recall by that date any products that it has sold in violation of the prohibition. Casual sales of previously owned products containing the listed chemicals are exempted from the prohibition. The bill subjects any manufacturer in the Commonwealth that manufacturers a product in violation of the provisions of the bill to a civil penalty of $5,000 for a first offense or $10,000 for a second or subsequent offense, and it directs the funds collected to the Virginia Product Safety Fund, created by the bill. Finally, the bill directs the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt regulations to carry out the provisions of the chapter and to impose the chemical prohibition on certain other consumer products.


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