What began as a complaint against one testing laboratory has grown into a full-scale investigation of virtually every drain cover on the market.
Spearheaded by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the probe
could result in a range of measures. CPSC could merely require a
change in the drain cover standard, or choose to recall thousands
of units that have already been installed.
As part of its inquiry, CPSC held a meeting April 5 to hear from
testing labs, standards writers and other involved parties to
discuss the standard, how testing is conducted and what changes
should be implemented. A closed-door meeting with manufacturers
followed the next day, with CPSC being characterized by one source
close to the investigation as taking an aggressive stance toward