Over the past decade, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has required an increasing number of manufacturers to affix warning labels to their products to warn consumers about the dangers of the product. That has resulted in a vast number of products on our shelves coming with warning labels. The result has been a widespread sense of “label fatigue” and many consumers now choose to ignore those warning labels altogether.
California product liability attorneys believe that this is dangerous, because consumers may be at risk of injury when they ignore warning labels. In response to such “label fatigue,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission has begun proposing outright bans on dangerous products.
A case in point is the recent proposal by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban tiny magnets which are posing a serious ingestion hazard for children. Last month, the federal agency proposed that these magnets be taken off the market altogether, because of the serious risk that they pose to children. At least 11 companies that manufacture such magnets have agreed to a ban.
The agency initially issued a number of warning alerts about these products, after coming across a number of reports of children being injured by the ingestion of these magnets. However, the agency quickly found that the warnings seemed to have limited effectiveness. Consumers who are constantly bombarded by warnings about all kinds of consumer products get used to these warnings, and stop paying attention to these.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission now believes it is much more effective to remove dangerous products from the market altogether and eliminate the risk. The Consumer Product Safety Commission admits that warnings are losing their effectiveness, and people who exposed to warnings again and again are less likely to pay attention.