CPSC Law and Legal Definition

CPSC is the abbreviation for the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC is an independent agency of the U.S. government. It is responsible for protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from various types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.

The CPSC was created in 1973 pursuant to the Consumer Product Safety Act. The CPSC is ordinarily headed by three commissioners nominated by the U.S. President and confirmed by the Senate. They generally serve a term of seven years. The CPSC policies are set by these Commissioners.

The CPSC is dedicated towards protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard, or can injure children. Consequent to the CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products that include: toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals, there was 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.