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Dec 05 2016

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Zen Magnet's ability pay means a $5.5 million penalty for settling recalled products was reduced to $10,000.


Dec 05 2016

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Terminate a rulemaking on recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), CPSC staff urged commissioners in a November briefing package.


Dec 05 2016

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Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle said her negative vote on a best practices guideline was due to CPSC not seeking public input, according to her comments made available November 22.


Dec 05 2016

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CSPC staff November 30 spoke with an ANSI/CSA working group about cost-benefit analysis of CO sensors in gas appliances.

Dec 05 2016

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An ASTM F15 task group reaching across various juvenile product classes November 30 raised topics possibly to be addressed on sleep surface breathability.


Dec 05 2016

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Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) November 28 said its work with other enforcement agencies globally has led to the seizure of some 15,000 websites that were linked to counterfeiting and other intellectual property violations.


Dec 05 2016

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Representatives of the Power Tool Institute (PTI) November 28 told commissioners that data suggest newer-model blade protection devices on power saws are working.


Dec 05 2016

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ASTM November 30 highlighted its recently-created standard on measuring certain metals that can be extracted from synthetic turf infill.


Dec 05 2016

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An ASTM F15.20 panel December 1 quickly agreed to or dismissed several items relate to their work on the F2670 infant bath tub standard.


Dec 05 2016

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) gave itself "satisfactory" to "very good" ratings on product safety.


Dec 05 2016

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The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) met in Brussels 14 to 15 November as part of the European Union's International Product Safety Week.


Dec 05 2016

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From 14 to 18 November, product safety stakeholders, including regulator representatives from the EU and the member states, the USA, Canada and Australia gathered in Brussels for the sixth International Product Safety Week (IPSW) to discuss international product safety challenges.

Dec 05 2016

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Health Canada received 437 safety reports on consumer products and cosmetics in the second quarter of 2016, according to data made available November 28.


Dec 05 2016

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The EC's Scientific Committee on Heath, Environment and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) is seeking comments until May on aluminum migration limits for toys.

Dec 05 2016

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Briefs on imports, civil penalties, holiday shopping, baby bath seats, carpet cleaning, CPR air valves, and more.

Dec 05 2016

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Briefs on crib mattresses, helmets, paintball, play equipment, coffee makers, cords/cables, miter saws, and more.


Dec 05 2016

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Briefs on sunbeds, summer safety, bicycle frames, lamps, bathrobes, and more.


Nov 28 2016

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CPSC's November 22 loss in an appeal involving magnets followed its court victory in a different case involving incident reporting.


Nov 28 2016

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CPSC rulemakings will receive "enhanced scrutiny" in coming months until a new commission chairman is in place, the leaders of its congressional oversight committees warned.

Nov 28 2016

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CPSC's abilities to manage chemicals in consumer products and oversee import surveillance were the targets of the 'Looking Ahead' section of its FY2016 financial report.


Nov 28 2016

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U.S. PIRG's November 22 Trouble in Toyland report broke with its decades-old model and listed toys it found available to buy despite being recalled.


Nov 28 2016

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There was an estimated annual average of 148 deaths in 2011-2013 due to non-fire carbon monoxide (CO) incidents, according to data CPSC made available in November.


Nov 28 2016

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There were at least 11 deaths in 2015 among children younger than 15 years and associated with toys, according to data that CPSC made available November 17.


Nov 28 2016

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A November 18 template from the European Commission provides a framework for developing market surveillance activities.


Nov 28 2016

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The addition of one new standard on self-balancing scooters (hoverboards) and the loss of none meant that CPSC ended FY2016 with 71 active voluntary standards projects.

Nov 28 2016

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Briefs on Thanksgiving, off-road vehicles, and more.


Nov 28 2016

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Briefs on athletic fields, upholstered furniture, airsoft gear, amusement rides, fire tests, and more.


Nov 28 2016

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Briefs on chemicals, online sales, beanbag chairs, finger paint, and more.

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Whether it’s a popular toy, a cutting-edge gadget, or an advanced appliance, exciting new products that hit the market frequently create a buying frenzy.


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In 2007, news reports that consumer products, particularly those used by children, were unsafe, defective, and not meeting industry voluntary standards sent shock waves throughout the consumer product global marketplace. The intense news coverage on these products galvanized parents, consumer and child advocates, and state and federal officials to examine the regulatory system for consumer product protection in the United States.


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CPSC’s Marc Schoem October 2 will leave the agency to become executive director of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPSHO).


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I first met Mike Lemov 42 years ago when I arrived in Washington, D.C. to serve as a special assistant to David Pittle, one of the original five CPSC Commissioners. Mike was then Chief Counsel to a subcommittee on the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, and one of the legislative architects of the Consumer Product Safety Act.


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Anne Mulcahy, the former chairperson of the Xerox Corporation once said about succession planning in business: ‘one of the things we often miss in succession planning is that it should be gradual and thoughtful, with lots of sharing of information and knowledge and perspective, so that it's almost a non-event when it happens’.


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While CPSC’s 2008 report and press release on lead exposure from synthetic turf do not reflect Chairman Elliot Kaye’s position or thinking on the question, reports suggesting this means the agency is reversing or backtracking on the matter are inaccurate.


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Much of CPSC’s April 21 Section 15 suit against Michaels Stores hinges on whether the retail chain was an importer and thus bore higher reporting duties than as a distributor or retailer.


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Possible preemption of an Albany County, N.Y., law on ingredients in children’s products will involve the debate over mere presence versus accessibility and harmful effect.


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CPSC has a deadline of April 14 to respond to a temporary stay of its magnets rule. The April 1 order came the day the rule went into effect. It was at the request of Zen Magnets in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before Judges Paul Kelly and Harris Hartz.


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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye March 25 told an on-phone gathering of reporters from national outlets that 6(b) is an “anti-consumer safety, anti-transparency” requirement.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Consumer Warning Labels Aren’t Working

Harvard Business Review (Cambridge, Mass.)

Warning labels are everywhere.

 

Warning: That Warning Label May be Useless in Conveying Danger

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Chances are, you encounter so many warning labels on a daily basis that you no longer bother reading them.

 

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

 

Child Car Seats: Will You Be Affected by Rule Changes?

BBC News (London, England)

New rules on child car seats are set to come into force after March next year and have left many parents confused about what they need to use.

 

 

ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND DEVICES

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note7's Extreme Thinness May Be behind Battery Explosions

PCWorld (San Francisco, Calif.)

It’s been awhile since Samsung has been in the news for its exploding Galaxy Note7 batteries—and we sincerely hope any of our readers who bought one has returned it to the company for a refund—but a team of enterprising engineers and developers who solve problems for a living may have discovered the root cause of the disaster.

 

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Phones Caught Fire Because of the ‘Aggressive’ Battery Design: Report

CNBC (New York, N.Y.)

Samsung was too "aggressive" in the design of its now-recalled fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 devices, particularly when it came to installing its battery, a new report claims.

 

Samsung Cut It Too Close with Safety Margins on the Note7's Design, Report Says

Mashable (New York, N.Y.)

More than two months after the launch of ill-fated Note7, we still don't know what caused the batteries in some of the devices to overheat and, in some cases, explode.

 

Report: Design Flaws, Not Battery, Caused Note 7 Explosions

PC Magazine (New York, N.Y.)

Samsung has apologized and offered refunds to customers of its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, but a new report comes the closest to doing something that the Korean tech giant hasn't so far: explaining why the Note 7s began overheating and exploding in the first place.

 

 

HOME APPLIANCES

 

Millions of 'Death Trap' Tumble Dryers Still Not Fixed a Year after being Identified as a Fire Risk after 750 Blazes Were Linked to the Machines

Daily Mail (London, England)

Millions of ‘death trap’ tumble dryers have not been fixed a year after a fire risk problem was identified.

 

Faulty Tumble Dryers that Caused Huge Tower Block Fire Still 'Putting Lives at Risk'

Daily Telegraph (London, England)

Whirlpool is still forcing delays on customers with potentially deadly tumble dryers, a year after it announced a safety alert, a consumer group has found.