Edith Barksdale Sloan: It Is Her Business to Protect Consumers
Mrs. Edith Barksdale Sloan was described as very sweet, articulate and frank when it came to the work that needed to be done on behalf of consumers. “We’re here in the business to protect consumers from unreasonable risk of injury,” Sloan said in her statements upon election as Vice-Chairman in 1978.
Before her appointment by President Jimmy Carter to the Commission, Sloan led the D.C. Office of Consumer Protection in its (…)Read More Feb 25
Thaddeus Garrett Jr.
(Corbis Images: Thaddeus Garrett showing Shirley Chisholm a report, 1971)
A genuine man with a love for God and public service, Reverend, Dr. Thaddeus Garrett Jr., served as a Commissioner and Vice-Chairman from 1976 to 1977. Although his time on the Commission was short, his positivity and hard work helped to keep the Commission together.
Before his appointment to CPSC, Garrett was a Special Assistant to former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and Chief Assistant (…)Read More Feb 25
Constance B. Newman: The Starting Five
Once the newly formed Consumer Product Safety Commission opened its doors in 1973, there was an immediate need for distinguished leadership, passion, and experience at the agency. Mrs. Constance B. Newman was a perfect fit for the job. She and David Pittle, Barbara Hackman Franklin, Lawrence M. Kushner, and Richard O. Simpson, were the “starting five” Commissioners.
Newman served as a Commissioner and Vice Chairman from 1973 through 1976. She is best (…)Read More Feb 24
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was created in 1972 as a result of Congress passing and President Nixon signing the Consumer Product Safety Act. From its beginning, the agency has been charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with thousands of types of consumer products. In observance of Black History Month, CPSC recognizes African American leaders in product safety and applauds their contributions.
Henry Aaron Hill: Keeping us (…)Read More Feb 24
“Crib mattresses recalled due to risk of entrapment.” “Seven million brewing systems recalled due to burn hazard.” “Millions of popular strollers recalled due to fingertip amputation hazard to children.”
Headlines like these stream across the Internet and appear on TV almost weekly. But, hearing or seeing a media headline about a product recall is different than getting a direct notice from a recalling company.
Here at CPSC, we know that direct notice—whether it be a phone call, (…)Read More Feb 4