Consumer Protection

Is our food safe? What about the drugs we take? The cars we drive and the products we buy? Are the banks, credit card companies and lenders dealing fairly with us? In each case, federal agencies are charged with making sure the answer is “yes.” But examples of unsafe products and unfair practices abound in the marketplace.

For years, General Motors hid from regulators evidence that an ignition switch the company used in its Cobalts, Opels, Pontiacs, and Saturns had such a hair trigger that a light brush by the driver’s hand or knee would shut down the engine, disabling air bags and power steering. The resulting loss of control caused at least 13 fatal accidents. GM's ability to avoid detection for so many years says as much about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's weak enforcement record as anything.

Other examples abound. From tainted peanut butter to toxic drywall, to lead-laden imported toys, such instances of unsafe food, drugs, automobiles and products are all too dangerous evidence of a failed system of regulation and enforcement. Often the failure is the result of neglect – a lack of political will to spend the money required to conduct meaningful research and enforcement. Sometimes the cause is ideological: a conviction that safeguards interfere unduly with industry profits. Either way, the result is that industry is spared the costs of being accountable for unsafe production practices, shifting those costs instead to consumers in the form of injuries, illness and worse.

Below, see what CPR Members Scholars and staff have had to say about it in reports, testimony, op-eds and more. Use the search box to narrow the list.

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January 26, 2012, U.S. Should Take Steps Now to Begin Protecting Public from BPA, a Ubiquitous Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical, Says New CPR Report.

January 26, 2012,
Type: News Releases (Jan. 26, 2012)
PDF: January 26, 2012, U.S. Should Take Steps Now to Begin Protecting Public from BPA, a Ubiquitous Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical, Says New CPR Report.
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Categories: Consumer Protection Consumer Protection

March 8, 2012, New CPR White Paper Takes on Myth of 'Defensive Medicine' as a Significant Driver of Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums and Health Care Costs; Authors Say Defensive Medicine's Impact on Overall Costs Is Slight.

March 8, 2012,
Type: News Releases (March 7, 2012)
PDF: March 8, 2012, New CPR White Paper Takes on Myth of 'Defensive Medicine' as a Significant Driver of Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums and Health Care Costs; Authors Say Defensive Medicine's Impact on Overall Costs Is Slight.
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Letter to EPA Nominating BPA for Fourth Contaminant Candidate List

Letter to EPA Nominating Bisphenol A (BPA) for Fourth Contaminant Candidate List, based on its known adverse health effects

Type: Letters to Agencies (June 22, 2012)
PDF: Letter to EPA Nominating Bisphenol A (BPA) for Fourth Contaminant Candidate List.
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Author(s): Noah Sachs, Amy Sinden
Tags: BPA
Categories: Consumer Protection Consumer Protection