It was just a few years ago that a rash of Mattel toy recalls prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC) to enact the Consumer Porduct Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) legislation that has come under scrutiny from small business who fear they may not be able to meet CPSIA's intense testing and safety checks.

Under CPSIA, the makers of children's products must perform independent third-party tests for lead, lead paint, and other potential dangers.   Last week, however, the CPSC voted unanimously to approve Mattel's request to use two more of its own company laboratories for the third-party checks on its toys.  CPSC said Mattel was able to show that its in-house testing would provide equal or greater consumer safety protection than an outside lab.

But weren't these the same testing facilities that allowed contaminated toys onto store shelves in the first place?

What am I missing here?      

Mattel gets OK on independent toy testing
CPSC grants Mattel another exemption on federal safety rules even as smaller companies struggle with testing costs.