African Americans in Consumer Product Safety: Jacqueline Jones-Smith

Jacqueline Jones-Smith
“I will devote my full energies to ensuring that the Commission enforces the product safety laws…”

Mrs. Jacqueline Jones-Smith was confirmed by the Senate in 1989 to serve as the sixth Chairman in the Commission’s history. During her tenure, she led an effort to ban infant cushions involved in the deaths of several children. Jones-Smith directed agency staff to work closely with industry on voluntary standards for chain saws and hair dryers and nearly 60 million products that were defective or violated a standard were recalled during her tenure.

Before taking over as Chairman, Jones-Smith was an attorney with the Federal Election Commission, doing litigation before the U.S. appellate courts. Jones-Smith is a disciplined leader who made it her mission to contribute her efforts to the safety of all consumers.

Thank you, Mrs. Jacqueline Jones-Smith. 

This is the sixth of seven profiles of African Americans who made significant contributions to product safety in the United States.

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