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Sep 15 2014

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Four commissioners September 10 queried CPSC staff on the pending rule to effectively ban sets of small, strong magnets used for adult amusement.

Sep 15 2014

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Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle did not participate in the September 10 briefing on CPSC’s potential regulation on small, strong magnets.


Sep 15 2014

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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye September 9 questioned representatives of the Express Association of America (EAA) about ways to improve risk-based targeting and the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) system.

Sep 15 2014

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In a reversal of the normal focus on imports from China, Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic September 9 learned about the product safety challenges Western companies can face when trying to tap into the quickly expanding Chinese consumer market.

Sep 15 2014

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CPSC engineering sciences staff September 8 queried representatives from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) about remotely controlled portable heaters and learned of latest AHAM voluntary standards developments.

Sep 15 2014

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Representatives from Sunbeam Products September 8 updated CPSC engineering sciences staff on connected heaters technology and discussed proprietary design concepts.


Sep 15 2014

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The Z21/CSA delayed ignition task force September 9 worked to address a series of 22 delayed ignition incidents in which gas fuel buildup within fireplaces led to explosions that caused glass fronts to blow out.


Sep 15 2014

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The UL 1026 task group on rice cookers and slow cookers has finalized proposed warning labels and is prepared to submit proposed revisions in order to address incidents in which children have pulled on cords, causing the appliances to fall on them.


Sep 15 2014

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CPSC found two common scenarios in the 502 fatal all-terrain vehicle (ATV) incidents from 2005 to 2007 involving more than single riders.


Sep 15 2014

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Briefs on CPSC awards, refrigerants, safe design, generators, jackets, kiteboard controls, river tubes, shoes, and more.


Sep 15 2014

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Briefs on synthetic turf, exterior walls, vacuum cleaners, buoyant cushions, generators, hedge trimmers, baseboard heating, circuit breakers, and more.


Sep 15 2014

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EU standards, bicycles, hair stylers, crib mattresses, sleepwear, baby monitors, dehumidifiers, and more.

Sep 08 2014

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Magnets sold at per-piece prices would be covered under revisions urged by CPSC staff for the proposed rule for small, strong magnets.


Sep 08 2014

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A CPSC staff member August 29 expressed concerns about height measurements for toddler bed corner post extensions to other members of an ASTM task group for F1821, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toddler Beds.


Sep 08 2014

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The CANENA UL 61C technical committee on safety requirements for household refrigerators and freezers August 29 reviewed numerous aspects of UL 60335, Safety of Household and Similar Electrical Appliances


Sep 08 2014

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The ASTM pool drain task group developing new tests for pool drain entrapment September 3 reviewed instrumentation for proposed tests involving live human wetsuit testing.


Sep 08 2014

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Generators accounted for 657 carbon monoxide (CO) deaths in 489 incidents (of 808 deaths and 629 incidents) associated with engine driven tools from 2004 to 2013.


Sep 08 2014

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Two people pled guilty in a case involving allegations of importing toys deemed to be counterfeit or to violate CPSC safety requirements, the Justice Department announced.


Sep 08 2014

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Consumers Union (CU) called for changes to impact and stability assessments for CPSC requirements for testing bicycle helmets.


Sep 08 2014

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The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) in late August wrote CPSC that it is opening the ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2012 window covering standard for revisions and that the consideration would include three areas of CPSC concern.


Sep 08 2014

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The Power Tool Institute (PTI) in late August protested an “opaque process” and “unfounded conclusions” in a CPSC reevaluation of a 2011 data report on power saws.


Sep 08 2014

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The 207 RAPEX reports processed by DG Sanco in July keep the system near a record pace, but that outcome is not certain.

Sep 08 2014

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The 169 RAPEX reactions received by DG Sanco in July takes the year-to-date total to 1,526.


Sep 08 2014

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New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Fair Trading in late August began a retailer toy safety effort.

Sep 08 2014

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) August 29 released a guidance aimed at ensuring public pool water is safe.


Sep 08 2014

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) August 28 risk assessment for dichloromethane (DCM) found concerns about health hazards.


Sep 08 2014

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The California legislature September enrolled SB 1019, a right-to-know bill aimed at fire-retardant (FR) chemicals in upholstered furniture.


Sep 08 2014

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) September 2 offered tools for completing the 2013 Consumer and Commercial Products Survey.

Sep 08 2014

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Briefs on fire escape plans, activity trays, bicycles, bunk beds, cooking temperature probes, humidifiers, and more.


Sep 08 2014

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Briefs on child carriers, electrical components, floor covering, food-waste pulplers, and more


Sep 08 2014

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Briefs on toys, authorization list, digital monitors, hot packs, kettles, power cords, water heaters, and more.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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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.


Free Story

I sometimes forget that those of us who work around the federal government sometimes take for granted practices that may not be obvious.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Schumer Proposes Ban on 10 Flame Retardants

AP via Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.)

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban 10 flame retardants from upholstered furniture and children's products, saying the chemicals have been linked to developmental delays in children and rare cancers in firefighters when treated furniture burns.

 

Schumer Proposes Ban on 10 Flame Retardants

WNYW (New York, N.Y.)

One lawmaker wants to ban 10 flame retardants found in items such as children's toys,

 

 

BIKES, SKATES, SCOOTERS, ETC.

 

Has "Share The Road" Helped or Hurt Bicycle Safety?

Dover Post (Dover, Del.)

In North America, "Share The Road" (STR) is one of the most, if not the most popular slogan used when it comes to education and enforcement.

 

New Bicycle Law Takes Effect Tuesday in California

KION (Salinas, Calif.)

Running late to work or stuck in traffic, drivers don’t always “share the road.” But now a new bicycle safety law effective Tuesday is expected to change that.

 

The Silver Bullet for Bicycle Safety

Urban Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wis.)

Any community serious about reducing crashes, decreasing congestion and boasting the economy should consider adding protected bike lanes.

 

Protected Bike Lanes Draw More People into Cycling

Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah)

There has been some concern within the business community, the media and the general public regarding the protected bicycle lane being installed on 300 South in Salt Lake City.

 

 

FURNITURE

 

More Hospitals Shunning Furniture with Flame Retardants

Modern Healthcare (Chicago, Ill.)

A few months ago, Kaiser Permanente said it would stop buying furniture with flame retardants because the chemicals are believed to be toxic. Now several other large hospital systems are following suit.

 

 

LEAD

 

GR Neighborhoods Leading MI for Most Lead-Poisoned Kids

WOOD (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

A couple neighborhoods in Grand Rapids are leading the state for the most lead-poisoned children in 2013, according to a report by the Michigan Department of Community Health.

 

 

PLAY EQUIPMENT

 

Playground Injuries: Thousands of Children Hurt on Play Equipment

Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia)

Monkey bars, scooters and trampolines are all fun and games until someone gets hurt.