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Dec 15 2014

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CPSC would get the full $123 million it sought for fiscal 2015 under a budget package passed December 11 in the House and pending Senate review as PSL went to press.


Dec 15 2014

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Commissioners December 12 voted 5-0 to approve CPSC’s fiscal 2015 operating plan with four changes from the draft plan.


Dec 15 2014

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ASTM’s F15 ad hoc wording task group December 9 received an explanation of comments submitted by CPSC on infant suffocation.


Dec 15 2014

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The ASTM 15.71 Liquid Laundry Packets task group December 5 addressed comments received on the draft standard and discussed next steps for forming focus groups to assist with developing the warning language.


Dec 15 2014

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Members of the ASTM 15.51 gravity task force December 4 reviewed and discussed the force transducer, dry force transducer assembly, and grate support portions of their proposed test apparatus.


Dec 15 2014

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Among much wordsmithing at a December 11 ASTM F15.18 task group session on changing tables was discussion about the differences between commercial and domestic units.


Dec 15 2014

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Commissioners Ann Marie Buerkle and Robert Adler December 10 heard on-going concerns over CPSC’s phthalates activity.


Dec 15 2014

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A UL 2201 task group December 9 heard a broad explanation and began initial review of a proposal aimed at oxygen sensors on portable generators.


Dec 15 2014

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The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) December 9 discussed testing burden reduction and trade/importing issues with Commissioners Joseph Mohorovic, Marietta Robinson, and Ann Marie Buerkle.


Dec 15 2014

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There was little of substance discussed at a December 11 ASTM E05.15 Furnishings and Contents subcommittee meeting though there was concern about the effects of a plan to dissolve the panel and move its standards and work items to other subcommittees.

Dec 15 2014

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) December 5 noted that there have been 15 “quad bike” (ATV) deaths in that nation so far in 2014.


Dec 15 2014

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) December 11, with the Royal Life Saving Society, offered safety education materials for portable pools.


Dec 15 2014

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Briefs on equestrian helmets, toy guns, clothing, house fires, bicycle helmets, floor lamps, play yards, power cords, and more.


Dec 15 2014

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Briefs on amusement rides, hook-on chairs, candles, electric fans, LED equipment, attic lifts, outlet boxes, waste disposers, and more.


Dec 15 2014

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Briefs on biocides, battery packs, portable spas, power cords, sweatshirts, boots, irons, and more.


Dec 08 2014

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CPSC staff will look at new data on phthalates during the comment period of an upcoming rulemaking on the substances, it became clear during a December 5 commission briefing.


Dec 08 2014

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A December 3 CPSC staff briefing on the fiscal 2015 operating plan gave insight into product-specific plans as well as broad agency approaches and philosophies.


Dec 08 2014

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The Senate December 2 voted 53-44 to confirm Commission Robert Adler for another term running to October 2021.


Dec 08 2014

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CPSC Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic December 3 queried representatives from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) about standards, harmonization, and counterfeiting.


Dec 08 2014

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A UL 1278 working group on smart-enabled portable heaters December 3 discussed the development of standard tests.


Dec 08 2014

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CPSC staffers and other members of an ASTM 15.71 subgroup on packaging of liquid laundry packets December 2 addressed comments on the draft standard.


Dec 08 2014

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CPSC staff and other members of the CANENA UL Technical Committee 61C on safety requirements for household refrigerators and freezers December 3 addressed comments from group members from Mexico and developed a list of topics for discussion at a forthcoming in-person meeting.


Dec 08 2014

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An ASTM F15.17 task group December 4 continued its attempt to deal with a narrow product category involving car seats that convert to strollers.


Dec 08 2014

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CPSC should not move forward on considering performance standards aimed at limiting passengers on ATVs, commenters told the agency.


Dec 08 2014

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) November 18 reported findings that raise questions about previous concerns with the safety of titanium dioxide nanoparticles.


Dec 08 2014

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is promoting an interagency effort, including CPSC, that will target the sale of counterfeits through the end of the year.


Dec 08 2014

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Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) December 1 made nine recommendations to CPSC in its annual Trouble in Toyland report.


Dec 08 2014

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Graco faces potential civil penalties of up to $35 million from a reporting-timeliness investigation launched December 1 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


Dec 08 2014

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Briefs on ROVs, fires, air purifiers, bicycles, electrical meters, and more.


Dec 08 2014

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Briefs on air conditioners, button batteries, dehumidifiers, fire alarms, fuses, and more.


Dec 08 2014

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Briefs on laundry pods, candle holders, sunglasses, awnings, inflatable spas, chandeliers, ski poles, and more.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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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.


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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.


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


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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.


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BKC Group and Oberle Communication on January 13 launched Product Safety On-Demand. This innovative, affordable research service provides quick turnaround on discrete questions by product safety professionals. Its goal is personalized and confidential answers for manufacturers, retailers, attorneys, testing labs, consumer groups and others.


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.


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Yes, You Really Do Need a Bike Helmet Even Mild Concussions Can Cause Lasting Brain Damage

Savannah Morning News (Savannah, Ga.)

When I learned how to ride a bike in the early 1960s, the only accessories we considered were a basket, a bell, and, if I had saved up enough money, a speedometer.

 

 

CARBON MONOXIDE

 

We Don't Need Tragedy to Expand Gas Detector Rules

Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel (Kennebec, Maine)

Most people wouldn’t think of going to bed night after night without the protection afforded by smoke detectors.

 

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

 

Crash Dummies Becoming Smarter

KTAL (Texarkana, Texas)

If you're shipping gifts to loved ones this holiday season you'll want to make sure you box, cushion, label and seal your package with care.

 

 

FIRE SAFETY

 

New Law Makes Smoke Detectors a Timely Gift

Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)

If you’ve got a Mr. Fix-It on your holiday gift-buying list, you can scratch the schlocky, bold-colored Christmas tie with a button you press that plays tinsel-toned “Jingle Bells” music.