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Mar 18 2019

Product Safety Letter will not appear March 25, 2019, due to its schedule of 48 issues per year. The next issue, Vol. 48, No. 12, will be April 1, 2019.


Mar 18 2019

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Commissioners March 13 could not agree on CPSC's FY2020 budget request to Congress.


Mar 18 2019

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Commissioners voted 5-0 to announce a May 1 hearing on CPSC's fiscal 2020 and 2021 agenda and priorities.


Mar 18 2019

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) March 14 continued its push to change that nation's consumer laws on selling unsafe products.


Mar 18 2019

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Lumber Liquidators agreed to pay $33 million to settle securities fraud allegations related to how it handled worries about the safety of its flooring.


Mar 18 2019

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An ASTM F15.42 working group March 8 did some final, pre-ballot work on nightstand exclusions from stability tests in the F2057 standard on clothing storage units (CSUs).


Mar 18 2019

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Helping retailers, especially online, to understand and follow last year's revisions to the WCMA A100 standard on window covering got much attention March 12.


Mar 18 2019

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Health Canada got 9,017 product reports in the five years of 2013-2017, according to data it made available March 8.


Mar 18 2019

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) March 13 said it will redirect enforcement of liquid nicotine to focus more on risks to youths.


Mar 18 2019

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The European Parliament March 12 came to a provisional agreement with the member states on whistleblower protections.


Mar 18 2019

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Health Canada March 11 made available reports on enforcement projects in six product areas.


Mar 18 2019

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) March 13 said an EU-wide surveillance began.


Mar 18 2019

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Briefs on CPSC data, personal care, makeup, tattoo ink, data security, CDRH, button batteries, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


Mar 11 2019

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The House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee sought answers in 15 areas from CPSC.


Mar 11 2019

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CPSC March 6 prominently promoted SaferProducts.gov as a research tool by placing a graphic and link in the scrolling highlights atop its homepage.


Mar 11 2019

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CPSC estimated there were about 61,400 injuries in 2017 among children under 5 years old and linked to nursery products.


Mar 11 2019

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More than a quarter (26%) of the estimated 93,800 ATV injuries in 2017 involved youth under 16 years old, according to CPSC data issued March 1.


Mar 11 2019

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An ASTM F15.68 task group on baby monitor cords March 5 decided to change how it is approaching accessible loops in a subclass of the products.


Mar 11 2019

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) March 4 reiterated its opposition to treating non-polymeric, additive organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs) as one product class.


Mar 11 2019

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Unneeded flammability testing of spandex in fabrics was a top concern that the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) told to Commissioner Peter Feldman March 4.


Mar 11 2019

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FDA March 5 said it is looking at cosmetics safety, especially of children's makeup.


Mar 11 2019

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Target Australia and Baby Bunting paid respective penalties of AU$37,800 and AU$25,200 related to convertible tricycle/strollers.


Mar 11 2019

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A February 26 guidance from the EC's Internal Markets division gives advice on classifying musical instruments, including consideration of the Toy Safety Directive.


Mar 11 2019

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A surrogate seatbelt retractor showed promise in evaluating vehicle booster seats, a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded.


Mar 11 2019

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Briefs on liquid nicotine, Japan, REACH, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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The House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee sought answers in 15 areas from CPSC.


Free Story

ASTM February 19 began the process of moving towards an F15 standard for high-powered, separable magnets not sold as toys.


Free Story

CPSC February 12 released a recall app for mobile devices.


Subscriber-Only Story

CPSC's absence from the recall scene meant that some companies took such actions without the agency.


Free Story

Expect a separate, early report on the Internet of Thing (IoT) prior to the one being worked on by CPSC staff.


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Owners of BOB jogging strollers will have to participate in an instructional program and then categorized their abilities before being eligible for replacement parts or other offerings under a settlement agreement between CPSC and Britax.


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Handling the Internet of Things (IoT) across a diversity of products was a main theme of discussion November 14 between CPSC staff and UL representatives.


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Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic October 18 announced his resignation effective close of business Friday, October 20.


Free Story

Companies that make and sell products, and the agencies that regulate them, are inundated with massive amounts of data received from a wide variety of sources.


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CPSC's 14-year project on table saw blade contact injuries is set to hit a milestone at an April 27 decisional meeting.


FREE DAILY NEWS

GENERAL INTEREST

 

Why Does the U.S. Tolerate So Much Risk?

New York Times (New York, N.Y.)

The United States increasingly stands apart from European nations in its approach to regulation.

 

We Shouldn't Depend on Boeing to Tell Us Whether Boeing Planes Are Safe to Fly

Boston Globe (Boston, Mass.)

Watching our government regulators publicly wrestling for days with whether the Boeing 737 Max 8 should be grounded after that airplane was involved in two eerily similar crashes raises an urgent question: Can we trust our government to tell us if this plane is safe?

 

While Campaigning, Trump Said He'd Be a Consumer Champion. Guess What's Happened

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif.)

This has been a great week for having our noses rubbed in things we knew were happening but didn’t want to believe it was this bad.

 

 

RECENT CPSC RECALL NOTICES

 

Heated Socks for Batteries Overheating

Water Skis for Binding Detaching

Plates for Microwave-Safe Mislabeling

Saute Pans for Glass Lids Cracking/Shattering

Computer Batteries for Overheating

OHVs for Oil Cooler Hoses Separating

 

 

BLOGS

 

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New Report Shows Trump’s ‘Tough on Crime’ Platform Doesn’t Extend to ‘Lawbreaking Corporations’

AlterNet

President Donald Trump has long positioned himself as “tough on crime”—but, as a new Public Citizen report revealed Wednesday, that stance doesn’t extend to “lawbreaking corporations.”

 

The Scientific Integrity Act is Good for Science and Good for Government

Union of Concerned Scientists

Today, Senator Schatz (D-HI) and Representative Tonko (D-NY) introduced the Scientific Integrity Act, legislation that would give scientists who work for government agencies the right to share their research with the public, ensure that government communication of science is accurate, and protect science in policy decisions from political interference.

 

 

ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND DEVICES

 

You Probably Missed This Major Battery Recall Because of the Government Shutdown

Gizmodo (New York, N.Y.)

Even though the government shutdown ended more than a month and a half ago, we’re still feeling its effects.

 

No, More than 200 Scientists Did Not Just Sign a Petition Warning about Cancer from Airpods. That Doesn’t Mean There’s No Risk

Quartz (Washington, D.C.)

A story began circulating on internet news platforms on Wednesday (March 13) that more than 200 scientists from 40 countries had signed a declaration warning about the dangers to human health posed by Apple Airpods and other wireless headphones.

 

 

POOLS, SPAS, ETC.

 

Tailored Guidance for Families Key to Prevention of Drowning: Updated Policy

AAP News (Itasca, Ill.)

Spending time with family and friends on vacation was an annual tradition for the Hughes family.

 

Are Compulsory Gate Alarms the Answer?

Pool+Spa (Wahroonga, NSW, Australia)

The recent drowning death of a toddler in Western Australia has led the boy's mother to speak out in favour of pool gate alarms, saying his life could have been saved if installation of the devices was compulsory.