JULY 28, 2014



Product Safety Letter will not have an August 4, 2014, edition due to its schedule of 50 issues per year. The next issue, Vol. 43, No. 31, will be dated August 11, 2014.

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CPSC’s July 24 hearing on its potential fiscal 2015-2016 priorities covered many perennial issues familiar to CPSC watchers.

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CPSC July 18 made available the long-awaited phthalates report by the chronic hazard advisory panel (CHAP).

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CPSC July 18 made available a contractor report that illustrated the challenges and possible limitations inherent to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

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CPSC staff July 22 shared their perspective on the direction of upholstered furniture flammability testing research and received a presentation on public health concerns from the National Resources Defense Council.

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A UL panel July 18 addressed comments on six items in UL 60335-2-24, Standard for Safety for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances.

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The ASTM working group on batteries in F963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, July 22 continued to address negatives related to ballot requirements.

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An ASTM F15.17 working group July 24 sought ways to harmonize warning language for strollers with F404-14, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for High Chairs.

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The ASTM task group developing new standard tests for pool drains July 24 presented a draft test program for live human wetsuit testing.

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The past twelve months – July 2013 to June 2014 – were the busiest such period for the EU’s RAPEX system.

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The lead that the tally of 2014 RAPEX reactions has over its 2013 counterpart continued to grow in June with DG Sanco’s receipt of 218 reports.

Briefs on sling carriers, bar stools, cribs, high chairs, mountain bikes, USB chargers.

Briefs on infant rockers, playground surfacing.

Briefs on toys, ethanol fireplaces, bicycles, bunk beds, thermostats, and more.


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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?

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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.

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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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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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During the shutdown I’ve often wished that we Americans treated our federal workers better. My concern is less moral or ideological and more practical. Can CPSC – or any federal agency – continue to retain and attract good workers if the present political situation continues?


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We’re on vacation. Product Safety Daily will not appear Friday August 1 or Monday August 4 to Thursday August 7. It will return Friday August 8.





Watch Out! Congress Wants to Ease Toxic-Chemical Laws

Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.)

Protecting Oregonians from harmful consumer products is one of my primary duties as Oregon's attorney general — and it is a duty I take very seriously.


It's Time to Protect Consumers from Toxic Chemicals

Huffington Post (New York, N.Y.)

Almost 80,000 chemicals are sold in the United States, and we are exposed to many of them on a daily basis.


Merkley Bill Seeks Phase-out of Chemicals in Products

KTVZ (Bend, Ore.)

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced a bill Thursday that he said would fast-track the phase-out of the most harmful chemicals identified by scientists – chemicals that don’t break down in the environment and that build up in the food chain so that even small amounts can be dangerous.




Lead-Paint Liability without Proof of Specific Maker Doesn't Violate Due Process, 7th Circuit Says

ABA Journal (Chicago, Ill.)

A federal appeals court has upheld a legal theory that holds lead-paint manufacturers liable for neurological problems in children who lived in homes with the product, even without proof of the specific maker of the paint that caused the harm.


Appeals Court Revises Lead-Paint Lawsuit

WSAU (Wausau, Wis.)

A federal appeals court has ruled against Wisconsin's governor and Legislature, by letting a Milwaukee teen sue up to six paint-makers after he got sick eating lead-based paint chips.





Cigarette Lighters Spark Concer

KTRE (Longview, Texas)

It was a sight Lucas Carrington says he's never seen or heard before.





YSU Cheerleader Battles Back-to-Back Concussions

Youngstown Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio)

Cheerleading has always been such an important part of Jeri Wethli’s life.


Concussions in Female Athelets Need More Attention

Youngstown Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio)

Female athletes are more likely than males to get a concussion — and they take longer to recover, new research suggests.


Concussions in Female Athletes Need More Attention

Youngstown Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio)

Concussions are costly.


Concussions Damage Brains, Change Personalities

Youngstown Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio)

Of all injuries athletes suffer, concussions have gotten the most attention in the past few years.


Schools Increasing Use of Athletic Trainers to Curb Concussions

Youngstown Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio)

As more parents and school officials become aware of concussion safety, more athletic trainers can be seen on the sidelines at sporting events.