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  • NJ A731
  • Prohibits the sale of certain children's products containing lead, mercury, or cadmium.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would prohibit the sale, distribution, import, or manufacture any children's product intended for use by a child under the age of 6 which contains, is composed of, or is made with lead, mercury, or cadmium. Under the bill, the Director of Consumer Affairs or any manufacturer, distributor, or importer of children's products, who discovers that a children's product intended for use by a child under the age of 6 contains, is composed of, or is made with lead, mercury, or cadmium, would have to issue an immediate recall for that product. Within 48 hours of receiving notice of the recall, retail mercantile establishments would be required to remove the children's product from displays and make it unavailable for purchase. Within 14 business days, retail mercantile establishments would be required to return all inventory of the children's product to the manufacturer, distributor, or importer from which it was obtained, at the cost of the manufacturer, distributor, or importer. The manufacturer, distributor, or importer would then have 60 business days to destroy the children's product in such a way that renders it useless, and to dispose of the remnants in a manner and location designed to remove them from access by the general public. The bill specifies the following penalties for violations: · knowingly selling, offering for sale, distributing, importing, or manufacturing a children's product intended for use by a child under the age of 6 which contains, is composed of, or is made with lead, mercury, or cadmium would be an unlawful practice; · failing to remove the recalled children's product from displays, make it unavailable for purchase, or return it to the manufacturer, distributor, or importer within the required timeframe would be an unlawful practice; and · a manufacturer, distributor, or importer failing to issue an immediate recall or destroy and dispose of children's products returned to them as a result of a recall, as required, would be a crime of the fourth degree for a first offense, a crime of the third degree for a second offense, and a crime of the second degree for third or subsequent offenses. An unlawful practice under the Consumer Fraud Act is punishable by a monetary penalty of not more than $10,000 for a first offense and not more than $20,000 for any subsequent offense. In addition, a violation can result in cease and desist orders issued by the Attorney General, the assessment of punitive damages and the awarding of treble damages and costs to the injured. A crime in the fourth degree is punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment, a fine of $10,000, or both. A crime in the third degree is punishable by three to five years imprisonment, a fine of $15,000, or both, and a crime in the second degree is punishable by five to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $150,000, or both.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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