The House Consumer Protection Subcommittee this week adopted an amendment to a proposed consumer product safety improvement act offered by Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, to require that the chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission forward to the full commission any settlement offer over a product that a manufacturer may make in good faith.

Nielson said he was moved to suggest the amendment by an Idaho company whose product, "Worm-Gett'r," had been ruled unsafe.He said the company had a "near perfect" safety record for the product, but that the head of the commission had refused to hear the company's offer of a settlement of the charges.

Nielson said that despite the acceptance of his amendment, he would oppose the overall bill because it would put manufacturers under "trial by press" and bar cost analysis of proposed safety rules.

He also objected to a proposed 14 percent increase in the commission's budget.