China, US, EU pledge to tighten product safety in e-commerce

BEIJING (AP) — U.S., European and Chinese regulators have agreed to work together to enforce product safety in online commerce, and an American official said they are making progress on setting safety standards for hoverboards. The announcement Wednesday after a meeting of American, European...

BEIJING (AP) — U.S., European and Chinese regulators have agreed to work together to enforce product safety in online commerce, and an American official said they are making progress on setting safety standards for hoverboards.

The announcement Wednesday after a meeting of American, European Union and Chinese officials reflects the rapid growth of international e-commerce that is creating new needs for enforcement. They pledged to watch online sales more closely and require manufacturers to do more to enforce rules.

The American envoy, Elliott Kaye, said regulators are developing safety standards for hoverboards, the popular electric scooters that have suffered fires and other accidents. He said his agency plans an unspecified "major action" on them next month and an international standards group is expected to produce manufacturing guidelines in six months.

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