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PREMIUM CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER
Jan 20 2020

Jan 20 2020

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CPSC January 16 issued a unilateral warning about a product. This was the second such announcement in eight days.


Jan 20 2020

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A House bill to more-than triple CPSC's civil penalty cap and to loosen its 6(b) procedures likely would face a difficult time if it makes it to the Republican-controlled Senate.


Jan 20 2020

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An ASTM F18.58 working group January 16 began the process of creating a standard for adult standing scooters.


Jan 20 2020

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The ASTM F15.75 subcommittee is targeting February to put final touches on its in-the works-standard on connected products.


Jan 20 2020

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An ASTM F15.66 working group January 9 began looking at crib mattresses made with memory foam.


Jan 20 2020

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Health Canada January 13 offered an overview of its surveillance policy.


Jan 20 2020

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Health Canada January 14 pointed to its recent product-safety guide covering importing, exporting, and transshipping id consumer products and cosmetics.


Jan 20 2020

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Product safety will be an element of a recent EC agreement to address drinking water.


Jan 20 2020

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Product safety procedures will be part of a pilot of a new online filing portal by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).


Jan 20 2020

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Start early and use Chrome (not Explorer) for meeting the January 31 deadline for the next round of reports under Washington State's Children's Safe Products rules.


Jan 20 2020

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California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) January 14 pointed to recent updates to its reasonable warning requirements for chemicals exposures from consumer products.


Jan 20 2020

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Briefs on 3D printing, IoT, firefighting foams, PFAS, escape plans plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


Jan 13 2020

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View the January 13, 2020 edition in pdf format


Jan 13 2020

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CPSC January 8 unilaterally warned consumers about tipover risks from dressers made by Hodedah.

Jan 13 2020

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Seven new comments were generally negative towards a possible CPSC advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) targeting carbon monoxide (CO) from gas furnaces and boilers.


Jan 13 2020

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An ASTM F15.66 task group January 6 had preliminary discussion of concerns about potential compression of foam crib mattresses.


Jan 13 2020

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A January 7 guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directs agencies to balance regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) with technology advances and innovation.


Jan 13 2020

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The United States saw an annual average of more than 1.34 million fires for 2008-2017, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).


Jan 13 2020

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Recent EU product safety developments for textiles and clothing have focused on bisphenol A (BPA) and skin sensitising substances.


Jan 13 2020

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In the EU, toys regularly top the list as the product category with the most notifications under the EU Safety Gate Rapid Alert System.


Jan 13 2020

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Briefs on Ann Marie Buerkle and data privacy plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


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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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CPSC changed its information-release procedures in early April in reaction to its problematic disclosures to 29 recipients since 2017 and affecting approximately 11,000 companies.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

How Secrecy in U.S. Courts Hobbles the Regulators Meant to Protect the Public

Reuters (New York, N.Y.)

Something wasn’t right with the Rhino.

 

You Shouldn’t Have to Wait Years to Learn That a Product You Bought Might Endanger Your Child’s Life

Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Ill.)

When an unsafe product puts children’s lives at risk, the public ought to know about it, without delay.

 

How Amazon's Counterfeit Products Threaten Safety

NPR (Washington, D.C.)

Amazon accounts for 38% of online sales in the U.S., and more than half of their sales come from third-party sellers.

 

 

RECENT CPSC RECALL NOTICES

 

Mini Strollers for Hinge Joints Collapsing

Waterproofing Spray Cans for Seams Rusting/Leaking

 

 

ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND DEVICES

 

Death By Selfie: After a British Model Plunged from a Sydney Beauty Spot, Beth Hale Examines How Hundreds of Others Have Paid with Their Lives for a Very Modern Obsession

Daily Mail (London, England)

No mountain too high, no activity too ludicrous.

 

 

SPORTS, FITNESS & RECREATION

 

Why Are Torn ACLs Happening So Frequently to Dallas-Area Girls Basketball Players?

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas)

A SportsDay survey found that 28 Dallas-area girls basketball players tore their ACL this summer or school year.

 

Sledding Injures Tens of Thousands Each Year, But Some Greater Victoria Stores Have Sold out of Sleds

Victoria News (Victoria, B.C.)

More than 20,000 children were treated in emergency rooms for tobogganing related injuries between 1997 and 2007, according to a study by the Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Should Parents Be Afraid To Let Their Kids Play Football?

FiveThirtyEight (New York, N.Y.)

Football’s concussion crisis has been part of the NFL for almost two decades.

 

 

Headlines
in the January 20
PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

 

CPSC Makes Two Unilateral Warnings Just One Week Apart

 

Bill to Triple CPSC Fines and Ease 6(b) Still Would Face Senate

 

ASTM Draft Standard Would Cover Street-Rental Scooters

 

ASTM Connected Products Panel Nears Completion of Draft

 

Memory Foam Crib Mattresses Get Initial ASTM Attention

 

Canadian Guidance Covers Product Safety Surveillance Policy

 

Canada Has New Import/Export Safety Guide

 

ECHA to Target Water-Contact Materials

 

Japan to Start Pilot of Online Filing System

 

Washington Gives Advice on Using New Reporting System

 

California Offers Details of Updates to Exposure Reporting

 

Briefs on 3D printing, IoT, firefighting foams, PFAS, escape plans plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.

 

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