The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has opened a new state-of-the-art product testing facility in Rockville, MD.
According to the CPSC, the new National Product Testing and Evaluation Center provides 63,000 sq. ft. of office and laboratory space, and house 75 agency scientists and engineers. The new center is equipped with a variety of testing equipment, including an ATV tilt table to measure ATV road stability, and advanced test chambers to conduct mattress flammability testing and carbon monoxide alarm testing.
The CPSC’s new testing facility replaces its former testing site in Gaithersburg, MD, which CPSC engineers had occupied since 1975. The inadequacy of the former facility was among the many deficiencies highlighted in a 2007 report by the New York Times about the CPSC’s challenges in protecting consumers from unsafe products.