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Sep 29 2014

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In voting 4-0 to pass a rule to effectively ban small, strong magnets sold as amusements, CPSC members addressed arguments opponents have leveled against the regulations.


Sep 29 2014

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ExxonMobil September 23 voiced concern about the “precedent setting” action in how the chronic hazard advisory panel (CHAP) used cumulative risk assessment (CRA).


Sep 29 2014

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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye September 23 learned BASF’s opinions on the recent report on phthalates by the chronic hazard advisory panel (CHAP).

Sep 29 2014

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An ASTM working group September 22 and 23 looked at issues related to protrusions and passive crotch restraints respectively.


Sep 29 2014

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An ASTM F15.18 working group September 24 ultimately decided to hold off on work to address a rare changing table design and instead monitor it.


Sep 29 2014

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Performance criteria for cooking fire mitigation devices should have three elements, according to findings of report made available earlier in September by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


Sep 29 2014

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) September 22 said it seized 18 shipments of imported rechargeable toys in Laredo, Texas, due to fake UL marks.


Sep 29 2014

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) September 18 signed legislation to add TDCPP (Tris (1,3-dichloro-2 propyl) phosphate) to the state’s ban of TRIS flame retardants.

Sep 29 2014

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Briefs on generators, recalled products, ATVs, bistro chairs, gas fireplaces, lawn mowers, off-road vehicles, and more.


Sep 29 2014

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Briefs on beverage dispensers, HVAC ducts, playground equipment, bicycle grips, eye protection, high heels, parasailing, sling carriers, and more.


Sep 29 2014

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Briefs on car seats, toys, biocides, bath appliques, blankets, spas, feather boas, lawn mowers, candles, and more.


Sep 22 2014

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CPSC staff September 18 hosted a workshop concerning proposed revisions to the so-called “1110 rule” on certificates of compliance, hearing feedback from industry groups.


Sep 22 2014

Free Story

Retailers Meijer in the U.S. and Woolworths in Australia both September 17 were the subjects of separate legal announcements by the nations’ respective product safety regulators.


Sep 22 2014

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The Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) September 16 urged CPSC to follow the recommendations of the phthalates Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP).


Sep 22 2014

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Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Mohorovic September 17 discussed the future of CPSC’s working relationship with new Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA) executive director Kelly Mariotti and others from the organization.


Sep 22 2014

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The UL working group on enabled smart heaters September 17 debated the definition of risk assessment and what such an endeavor would entail for such products.


Sep 22 2014

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Commissioners were slated as PSL went to press to vote on publishing a Federal Register announcement to request information on how often drivers of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) carry passengers.


Sep 22 2014

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The 166 RAPEX reports processed in August by the EU puts the system’s year-to-date number at 1,502.


Sep 22 2014

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Although EU RAPEX reactions for 2014 year-to-date are about 30% higher than in 2013 (1,717 vs. 1,320), the pace has slowed from the first four months of the year when the difference was more than 52%.


Sep 22 2014

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Briefs on liquid nicotine, flame retardants, pools, CPSC money, rulemakings, fire alarms, smoke/CO alarms, swings, utility vehicles, and more.


Sep 22 2014

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Briefs on trampolines, amusement rides, fire standards, grease ducts, power outlets, burglar alarms, electric fans, sun lamps, and more.


Sep 22 2014

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Briefs on aquarium pumps, cribs, battery packs, swings, ceiling lights, clothes dryers, and more.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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.


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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.


Free Story

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 DAILY NEWS

GENERAL INTEREST

 

How to Report and Exploding Casserole Dish

Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Casserole dishes that shatter into flying fragments. Sneakers that make people topple down stairs. Barbecue grills that set houses on fire.

 

See What Minnesota Consumers Complain About

Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Since 2011, 400 Minnesotans have filed public reports of products that they say have exploded, caught on fire, cut them or otherwise failed in an unsafe manner.

 

 

BEAUTY, COSMETICS & PERSONAL CARE

 

EC Steps up Safety Limits on More Cosmetic Preservatives

Cosmetic Design Europe (Montpellier, France)

he Commission has restricted the use of three more preservatives in cosmetic products in an effort to 'strengthen the protection of consumers'.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

Report: EPA Asbestos Experiment Threatened Public Health

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

The federal agency in charge of protecting human health and the environment caused a threat in both of those areas while experimenting with a relatively new method for asbestos control, according to a watchdog report.

 

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

 

Report: Boosters Seats Better Than Seat Belts Only

KOZL (Branson, Mo.)

Kids often want to act like grownups, but experts say having children ride in cars the way mom and dad do is something that should be put off as long as possible.

 

 

FURNITURE

 

California Law Change Sparks Nationwide Demand for Flame-Retardant-Free Furniture

The Guardian U.S. (New York, N.Y.)

As the state prepares to end its flame-retardant requirement for furniture, hospitals are using their purchasing power to make more untreated furniture available.