(WVLT/CBS) - The acting head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission says the number of recalls of toys has NOT skyrocketed.
Speaking to a House subcommittee, Nancy Nord says of the sixty-one recalls the CPSC has issued this year, 19 have been for problems with lead paint.
Last year, of the commissions 40 recalls, three were due to issues with lead in paint.
Another CPSC official, Thomas Moore, says they need additional resources, more staff and greater authority to protect customers from potential product hazards.
But he says the downsizing and dismantling of the agency has been "going on for a while."
He's asking for patience to let the agency rebuild its staff expertise and refocus its efforts to enhance product safety.
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