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Feb 17 2020

Feb 17 2020

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CPSC experienced a large plummet in FY2019 in its performance measure involving 85-day preliminary determinations.


Feb 17 2020

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CPSC would get $135 million in FY2021 under the February 10 White House budget request.


Feb 17 2020

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CPSC February 11 alleged that refusal to recall was behind its third, previously-rare unilateral product warning in recent weeks.


Feb 17 2020

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CPSC February 11 reported that its data showed a statistically significant decrease in ATV related injures from 2017 to 2018.


Feb 17 2020

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Commissioners were slated to vote as PSL was going to press on a direct final rule on portable bed rails.


Feb 17 2020

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An ASTM F15.18 task group is struggling with what to do with a test fixture drawing in the F406 standard on non-full-size cribs and play yards.


Feb 17 2020

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Product safety is always a hot topic on the agenda in the EU and 2019 was no different with many developments affecting product manufacturers, as well as those who import and sell products in the EU.


Feb 17 2020

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The European Commission's 2020 work programme, released on 29 January, confirms further imminent product safety reforms under the Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme and the Commission's on-going key focus to make EU laws digital-age-proof.


Feb 17 2020

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The European Parliament February 12 adopted a resolution on fair and safe use of artificial intelligence (AI).


Feb 17 2020

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Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) February 7 signed New York's long-pending bill on chemicals in children products.


Feb 17 2020

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Comment by March 16 on a California proposed rule on warnings for consumer products sold via the internet and catalogs. This includes purchases via mobile apps.


Feb 17 2020

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Briefs on labeling, plastics, and washing machines plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


Feb 10 2020

Feb 10 2020

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CPSC staffers identified four unresolved issues with the new Age Determination Guidelines.


Feb 10 2020

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CPSC is asking 19 question across five topics for its burden-reduction inquiry into its crib rules.


Feb 10 2020

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CPSC should leverage its Section 29 powers to get state and local help in fireworks enforcement, visitors from the American Fireworks Standards Laboratory (AFSL) reiterated February 4.

Feb 10 2020

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Expect the first in-depth discussion at the end of March on UL's in-the-works standard on augmented, virtual, and mixed reality.


Feb 10 2020

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A January 31 executive order targets the exploitation of small shipments for importing counterfeits and other contraband.


Feb 10 2020

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Renewed attention to the EU's product safety law is an element of the EC's 2020 work program made available January 29.


Feb 10 2020

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Briefs on REACH, Brexit, cigarettes, regulatory awards plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


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Former CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle spoke to PSL about her decision to join the Washington, D.C. office of Williams & Jensen as a principal starting January 22.


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A report from the Democratic minority of the Senate Commerce Committee urged three steps to improve CPSC responses to unsafe products.


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Gib Mullan will become CPSC general counsel, Acting Chairman Bob Adler told PSL, October 1.


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Robert Adler will take over as CPSC acting chairman October 1.


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Briefs on product safety education, chemicals, PFAS, car seats, anchoring, OHVs, strollers, flooring, consumer education, hot car deaths, vinyl gloves, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


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CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle will leave the commission October 27 and will step down as agency head September 30.


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The 29 people or entities who received CPSC Information Clearinghouse data outside the 6(b) process included companies, journalists, researchers, lawyers and others.


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CPSC members May 21 voted 2-3 against a motion by Commissioner Dana Baiocco to bring in a detailee from FBI, DOJ or similar agency to investigate the large disclosure of information outside 6(b) procedures.


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Disciplinary action is not off the table in CPSC's internal investigation of information released outside 6(b) procedures, but that possibility is tempered with the phrase, "if warranted."


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A coalition of six advocacy groups May 6 sent members of Congress a letter and fact sheet seeking passage of HR 2211.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Another Child Was Crushed by a Home Elevator, Just Months after U.S. Regulators Decided against Safety Recall

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

The little boy was pinned under the elevator. His face was turning blue. His dad, fearing he was dead, began to claw at the strip of metal sitting on his son’s chest.

 

How to Identify and Eliminate Counterfeits on Amazon

Digital Commerce 360 (Chicago, Ill.)

Unauthorized or rogue sellers and counterfeiters gaming the Amazon system is well documented.

 

Can Retailers Combat Consumer Desire for Counterfeits?

Retail Dive (Washington, D.C.)

For some shoppers, buying fake goods can be about as good as the real thing.

 

Baby Reportedly in Critical Condition after Nearly Drowning in Bucket of Beans

Modesto Bee (Modesto, Calif.)

A 1-year-old was reported to be in critical condition after falling into a bucket of baked beans and being found unresponsive by family members, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reported Tuesday.

 

Our Government Shouldn't Need a Company's OK to Keep Babies Safe from Deadly Products

USA Today (McLean, Va.)

In a healthier society — perhaps one less exhausted and consumed by the daily spigot of political headlines — a recent story revealing a hidden threat to our children would have been the most important news of the month.

 

 

RECENT CPSC RECALL NOTICES

 

Golf Carts for Front Wheel Hubs Cracking

Golf Carts/Utility Vehicles for Poorly Secured Starter Generator Wires

Ceiling Fans for Blade Holder Breaking

 

 

BLOGS

 

We include some blogs because the contents may be informative or interesting to readers of Product Safety Daily. Inclusion is neither an endorsement by PSL of any products, services or positions nor an indication of any arrangement, financial or otherwise, between PSL and the writers of the blogs.

Clash of Consumer Protection Goals: Does the Text of the TCPA Frustrate the Purposes of the CPSA?

Schiff Hardin

When companies recall products, they do so to protect consumers.

 

Science Group Sounds the Alarm: Attacks on Science Put a Generation of Children at Risk

Union of Concerned Scientists

When the federal government ignores, sidelines or undermines science, it has severe consequences for children—consequences that can last a lifetime.

 

 

ATVs, ROVs, SNOWMOBILES, ETC.

 

Fire Problems Continue to Plague Popular Models of Polaris Off-Road Vehicles

FairWarning (Pasadena, Calif.)

Polaris Industries, which boasts of being a global leader in sales of off-highway vehicles, also has the dubious distinction of being the No. 1 company for recalls, according to a new report.

 

 

LEAD

 

Can NYC Ever Be Lead Free?

WNYC (New York, N.Y.)

Despite laws on the books for landlords to check apartments for lead, and respond to complaints, thousands of kids a year test positive for elevated lead levels.

 

 

Headlines
in the February 17
PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

 

Timely CPSC Preliminary Determinations Nosedived in FY2019

 

CPSC Funds Might Rise 1.9% as Commissioners Split Four Ways

 

Three's a Trend? CPSC Makes Another Unilateral Announcement

 

ATV Injuries Decreased Significantly 2017-2018, Finds CPSC

 

ASTM Update Puts Bed Rails in Line for Revised CPSC Section 104

 

Design of ASTM Test Fixture for Play Yards to Get Clarification

 

EU: Product Safety Highlights of 2019 and Looking Ahead to 2020

 

(RE)FIT for Purpose: EC Plans for Product Safety Laws

 

Product Safety Is Among EU's AI Concerns

 

New York Gets Chemicals Reporting Law

 

California Targets Warnings on Internet and Apps

 

Briefs on labeling, plastics, and washing machines plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.

 

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