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Oct 03 2016

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Full-scale upholstered furniture barrier testing by CPSCers in 2014-2015 showed some promise, according to an agency report made available September 21.


Oct 03 2016

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A four-tiered literature-review approach for certain phthalates could be useful in CPSC's work on reducing testing burdens, according to a contractor report made available September 19.


Oct 03 2016

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Data challenges and examples of relevant performance standards were the primary topics during an August 28 teleconference of a UL task group looking at child resistant features on microwave ovens.


Oct 03 2016

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Successes versus problems in CPSC's new website design boil down to presentation versus findability of information within it.


Oct 03 2016

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Some 27,000 seniors age 65 or older died due to falls in 2014, according to a September 23 report from the Centers for Disease Control.


Oct 03 2016

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CPSC September 28 again took a rare step of advising consumers about a product likely to be the subject of an upcoming recall.


Oct 03 2016

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The European Commission, until 16 December, is holding a public consultation on the Machinery Directive.


Oct 03 2016

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The European Commission published a regulation banning methylisothiazolinone (MIT) in leave-on cosmetics.

Oct 03 2016

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Briefs on changing tables, incident follow-ups, CPSC documents, bicycles, ice tools, pool alarms, and more.


Oct 03 2016

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Briefs on fire tests, treestands, vacuum cleaners, appliances, buoyant devices, clothes dryers, clothes washers, and more.

Oct 03 2016

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Briefs on REACH, toys, fireworks, sandals, ceiling lamps, lighters, and more.

Sep 26 2016

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CPSC staff September 22 briefed the commission on a draft FY2017 operating plan based on the requested $130.5 million budget.


Sep 26 2016

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CPSC's FY2015 Annual Report, made available September 15, gives an overview of its actions during the year that began in October 2014.


Sep 26 2016

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Redundancy is the primary reason behind a disapproval vote by ANSI on a potential project to create a standard at ISO on wheeled child conveyances.


Sep 26 2016

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An ASTM F15.18 task group on low standing bassinets September 20 worked on the details of a possible test as an alternate to side-height requirements.


Sep 26 2016

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Booster seat use for child passengers ages 4-7 decreased slightly in 2015 over previous figures.

Sep 26 2016

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Though most of a September 22 ASTM F15.70 task group teleconference on adult bed rails dealt with mundane details of language, concern about labeling conspicuity led to a discussion of the merits of voluntary standards versus mandatory rules.


Sep 26 2016

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Members of an ANSI task group September 22 looked at details of Z21.1 and Z21.20 standards as they apply to electronic controls on gas ranges.


Sep 26 2016

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Consumer products were 30.6% of 173 recalls handled by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) in the second quarter of calendar 2016.


Sep 26 2016

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A three-part compliance requirement is part of an Industry Code for Consumer Goods that Contain Button Batteries made available September 19 by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.

Sep 26 2016

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) September 21 said it is planning a "major national inspection program" for cribs.


Sep 26 2016

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Briefs on safety seats, battery packs, infant carriers, and more.

Sep 26 2016

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Briefs on ice makers, refrigerators, door/gate openers, waste disposer, more.

Sep 26 2016

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Briefs on defective products, bean bag covers, infant clothing, lawnmower, sweatshirts, 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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ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND DEVICES

 

60% of Defective Note7 Phones Have Been Exchanged, Samsung Says

ABC News (New York, N.Y.)

Almost two weeks after announcing an official recall of its Note7 smartphones, Samsung said on Tuesday that more than 60 percent of the phones sold in the U.S. that were affected by the battery issue have been exchanged or replaced.

 

Samsung Battery Bust Shows Pressure of Innovation

USA Today (McLean, Va.)

The Samsung Note 7 recall these past several weeks has been bad all around — for Samsung’s customers, its reputation and its bottom line.

 

 

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U.S. Warns Samsung Washing Machine Owners after Explosion Reports

CNN (Atlanta, Ga.)

Samsung, maker of the troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, has another problem on its hands.

 

First It Was Samsung Phones. Now It’s Exploding Samsung Washing Machines.

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

One Georgia mom was pulling clothes from the dryer, with her 4-year-old son nearby, when she heard the boom and saw the damage.

 

Samsung in Talks with US Regulator on Washing Machine Safety Issues

Reuters (New York, N.Y.)

Samsung Electronics, which is already reeling from a global recall of its Note 7 smartphones, said on Thursday it is in talks with a U.S. watchdog to address potential safety problems related to some of its washing machines.

 

Samsung in 'Exploding Washing Machines' Probe

BBC News (London, England)

Samsung has confirmed it is in talks with US consumer watchdogs after a lawsuit against the firm over "exploding" washing machines.

 

 

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Should Paint Companies Help Make Homes Safe from Lead Hazards in Cleveland?

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)

Just about every time City Council meets to discuss lead poisoning, the names of large area paint companies headquartered here are on their lips.