CPSC’s laws and regulations apply to anyone who sells or distributes consumer products. This includes thrift stores, consignment stores, charities, and individuals holding yard sales and flea markets. Used products have caused injuries and deaths and have been the subject of numerous recalls.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) changed the used marketplace significantly. For example, it is now illegal to sell
• Products that have been recalled by CPSC (unless the products have been repaired in accordance with the recall)
• Most cribs manufactured before June 2011.
• Children's metal jewelry that does not comply with the federal limit on lead of 100 parts per million.
• Products intended primarily for children age 12 or younger with lead content known to be over the specified amount.
• Durable infant and toddler products such as play yards, infant walkers, bath seats, bed rails for toddlers, and others that appear unstable, are missing parts, or contain known hazards.
• Toys and other articles intended for use by children and any furniture with paint or other surface coatings containing lead over the specified amount.
Resellers should closely examine their products in inventory prior to resale to make sure that their products are safe and compliant with federal laws.
When in doubt, throw it out! Products used in the nursery, especially cribs and bassinets, have caused deaths and have been the subject of numerous recalls of millions of units. Do not sell any broken or wobbly nursery furniture, or durable infant product that is missing parts, even if it has not been recalled. A baby's life could depend on it. The risk is too high.
We urge you to take a few extra steps when you sell your used products and to follow the advice in our Reseller's Guide to ensure that you are only selling safe products.