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Jan 26 2015

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CPSC staff and other members of the ASTM 15.71 task group on liquid laundry packets January 21 reviewed draft warning statements and hazard language prior to preliminary focus group testing.


Jan 26 2015

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Those wishing to comment on CPSC’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) on recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) now have until April 8, an additional 65 days from the original February 2 cutoff.


Jan 26 2015

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Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) January 20 called for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revisit its 2009 review of crumb rubber filler used in artificial turf and playground surfacing.


Jan 26 2015

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Comment by February 17 on changes to Maine’s rulemaking to designate four phthalates as priority chemicals and trigger reporting requirements.


Jan 26 2015

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) January 14 outlined planned milestones for the May 2018 REACH deadline.


Jan 26 2015

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There are more than 1,000 substances that might merit review for carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic (CMR) properties, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) suggested January 19.


Jan 26 2015

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Briefs on counterfeits, window cords, residential elevators, ROV data, extension cords, drywall, lead paint, and more.


Jan 26 2015

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Briefs on helmets, hockey equipment, paintball, colored pencils, antitheft alarms, generators, LP gas, landscape lights, and more.


Jan 26 2015

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Briefs on BPA, Christmas lights, mugs, bike helmets, car seats, portable heaters, and more.


Jan 19 2015

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CPSC’s Compliance Office January 9 likely took a step towards a Section 15(j) rule for extension cords with an open letter informing manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers that it expects them to follow six safety requirements.

Jan 19 2015

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A UL 2201 portable generator subgroup January 8 discussed manufacturer-submitted comments to draft test procedures.


Jan 19 2015

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CPSC’s analysis of non-fire carbon-monoxide (CO) incidents, made available January 8, echoed previous years with a plurality of incidents linked to engine-driven tools, mostly generators.


Jan 19 2015

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ASTM’s F15 ad hoc wording task group January 8 continued discussion of CPSC staff comments on recommended wording for sections of standards that are common to multiple standards.


Jan 19 2015

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An ASTM F.15 task group January 13 explored stability testing methods for infant floor seats during a meeting at CPSC’s lab in Rockville, Md.


Jan 19 2015

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CPSC staff January 14 discussed potential Japanese gas industry deregulation and general safety issues with representatives of the Japan Gas Association (JGA).

Jan 19 2015

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Residential fires account for respective annual averages of 82% and 78% of U.S. fire-related deaths and injuries, according to two reports made public January 6 by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).


Jan 19 2015

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The House January 13 voted 250-175 to pass H.R. 185, which would require regulatory agencies, including CPSC, to increase analysis of pending rules and guidances for economic effects.


Jan 19 2015

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DG-Santé’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) recently endorsed the definition of endocrine disruptor used by the World Health Organization’s International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS).


Jan 19 2015

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DG Enterprise and Industry is seeking stakeholders to aid it in three projects related to product safety.


Jan 19 2015

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Earlier in January, Health Canada posted a guidance aimed at helping stakeholders understand various definitions related to products like cribs, cradles, and bassinets.


Jan 19 2015

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An ASTM 15.51 task force on swimming pool vent pipes January 8 reviewed updated schematics for test apparatus and developed supplies list.


Jan 19 2015

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CPSC would treat a recent ASTM standard on drywall emission as a consumer product safety rule rather than beginning its own rulemaking.


Jan 19 2015

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Briefs on online sales, window cords, residential elevators, liquid nicotine, firearms, TDI, and more.


Jan 19 2015

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Briefs on amusement rides, building materials, dishwashers, batteries, tables, and more.


Jan 19 2015

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Briefs on magnets, inflatable spas, crib mattresses, plush toys,power cords, and more.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

Free Story

Perhaps you've noticed a bit of a contrived controversy out in blogland over the past two months. It seems that a handful of folks are convinced – or, at least, trying to convince others – of two factoids:

  • CPSC is coming after Christmas lights and thus Christmas, those Grinches!
  • CPSC is imposing new standards despite dramatic improvements in safety, those zealots!

Both are misinformation


Free Story

It’s natural to try to understand new phenomena via comparisons, and that’s certainly been the frequent case in the past few years of the saga of small, strong magnets. I and many others have asked ourselves, “What well-understood products are the magnets like, and what does that say about the appropriateness or inappropriateness of CPSC’s various actions?”


Free Story

Recently sworn-in CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye August 13 told reporters assembled in his Bethesda, Md. office that he doesn’t like the “paradigm of winners and losers” when it comes to product safety.


Free Story

Data released by the CPSC indicates that Section 15(b) reports were substantially lower in Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2013 as compared with the previous two years. Plus, voluntary recalls also dropped in FY2013. What is going on here?


Free Story

Over the past 11 months, publications like The ABA Journal, National Review, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, The Weekly Standard, Portland Press Herald, The American Conservative, Huffington Post, Touchstone Magazine, and others have repeated the bogus claim that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has its own Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.


Free Story

Describing the settlement of CPSC’s administrative lawsuit on the recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes as “unacceptable” and “bad precedent,” Acting Chairman Robert Adler dissented in the 2-1 commission vote that approved the deal.


Free Story

Elliot Kaye and Joe Mohorovic April 11, at the PSL deadline, awaited Senate votes on their nominations to join CPSC.


Free Story

President Barack Obama’s March 27 nomination of CPSC Executive Director Elliot Kaye to be the commission’s chairman means that three of five commissioners would be former commission staffers.


Free Story

If you read NBC News’ website, you might think that CPSC staffers are suddenly focused on gasoline containers and flame arrestors or even that CPSC is reversing course on the matter and issuing proclamations to industry.


Don Mays

Recent civil penalty agreements between the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and two separate companies included provisions that will require the companies to implement robust improvements to their internal controls and compliance systems. But now it appears that those requirements may also apply to companies embroiled in voluntary recall actions, not just civil penalties.


FREE DAILY NEWS

GENERAL INTEREST

 

Why You Should Let Your Kids Learn to Walk without You

The Federalist (Alexandria, Va.)

Do you ask why there is mayonnaise on the floor, approximately eight feet from the counter on which your five-year-old is making a turkey sandwich—for breakfast—or do you just let it go?

 

China Criticizes Alibaba in Report Withheld Until after IPO

AP (New York, N.Y.)

Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut.

 

China Regulator Blasts Alibaba for Illegal Business on Its Websites

Reuters (London, England)

A China regulator has accused Alibaba Group Holding Ltd of failing to clean up what it called illegal business deals on the e-commerce titan's platforms, in an unusually strong government criticism of one of the country's biggest private firms.

 

China Accuses Alibaba of Lax Oversight of Merchants

Bloomberg (New York, N.Y.)

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has a “credibility crisis” fueled by a failure to crack down on shady merchants, counterfeit goods, bribery and misleading promotions using its online malls, the Chinese government said.

 

China Calls Alibaba Pompous, Accusing It Of Lax Oversight

Barron’s (New York, N.Y.)

Ahead of Alibaba Group‘s (BABA) earnings tomorrow, China’s commerce watchdog State Administration for Industry and Commerce, or SAIC, released a “closed-door” document drafted last July, in which the regulator accused Alibaba of lax oversight over fake products on its e-commerce sites.

 

China Accuses Alibaba Of Lax Merchant Control, Tells It To Stop Being Arrogant

Forbes (New York, N.Y.)

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding will file a formal complaint against the director of a Chinese government agency, after it accused the company of lax internal control and not paying enough attention to removing fake goods.

 

China's SAIC Criticizes Alibaba over Fake Goods

Wall Street Journal (New York, N.Y.)

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is embroiled in an escalating public dispute with a Chinese government agency over sales of fake goods on its e-commerce platforms, highlighting one of the risks for a company that last year raised $25 billion from global investors in the world’s largest IPO.

 

 

ATVs, SNOWMOBILES, ETC.

 

Quad Bikes Not for Kids - Safety Advocates

Radio New Zealand (Wellington, New Zealand)

Young children should not be using quad bikes and motorcycles, safety advocates say.

 

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

 

New Florida Child-Restraint Law Stronger under Recent Revision, But Some Say It Doesn't Go Far Enough

Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)

The overhead signs on Florida’s interstate highways had a new message come the New Year, but it may be one that thousands of motoring moms and dads are unaware of until they look up.

 

 

FIRE SAFETY

 

Sprinkler Mandate Now In Effect: Controversy Moving Forward

KSTP (St. Paul, Minn.)

A new state law is now in effect.

 

 

SPORTS, FITNESS & RECREATION

 

Despite Injury Risks, Sledding Thrives in Central Ohio

Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)

Scores of kids celebrated a day off of school yesterday by racing down snowy slopes on sleds and saucers.

 

Indiana City Moves to Reduce Liability at Popular Sledding Spot

Insurance Journal (San Diego, Calif.)

A central Indiana city is taking steps to reduce its liability from a popular winter activity.

 

 

TOOLS

 

People Keep Sticking Their Hands in Snowblowers without Turning Them off First, Data Show

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

Since 2003, roughly 9,000 Americans have lost a finger (or two, or three) to a snowblower-related injury, according to estimates derived from Consumer Product Safety Commission data.