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Feb 18 2019

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Three recent actions – two on artificial intelligence (AI) and one on internet privacy – all included assertions that those tackling these issues need to ensure that preventing physical harm remains a part of the work even if not the main thrust.


Feb 18 2019

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CPSC February 12 released a recall app for mobile devices. It is free.


Feb 18 2019

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Feb 18 2019

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Members of an ASTM F15.20 panel February 13 began looking at tweaking test language in the F1967 standard to account for a new type of bath seat.


Feb 18 2019

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An ASTM F15.18 group February 14 decided they simply want to monitor a potential loophole in the F1821 standard on toddler beds.


Feb 18 2019

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An ASTM F15.17 working group has begun looking at strollers with tricycle modes.


Feb 18 2019

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Flame retardants (FRs) TDCPP and TCEP likely are being phased out of children's foam sleep products, California regulators reported.


Feb 18 2019

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Companies that sell in the EU and rely on REACH registrations of U.K.-based companies need to ensure they have suppliers with valid European registrations.


Feb 18 2019

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) February 14 announced its plan to address PFAS chemicals.


Feb 18 2019

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Briefs on firearms, carbon monoxide, CPSC oversight, SaferProducts.gov, chemical reports, wearable devices, connected devices, and liquid nicotine, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


Feb 11 2019

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CPSC February 4 promoted Britax's launch of a campaign for Bob jogging strollers.


Feb 11 2019

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Commenters on a CPSC special study on 2017 table saw injuries disagreed about the accuracy of finding that units without modular blade guards have a seven-fold (7.19) higher injury rate than those with.


Feb 11 2019

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Eleven special product types got attention in a best practices framework on the Internet of Things (IoT), available January 31 from Commissioner Elliot Kaye.


Feb 11 2019

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CPSC members voted 5-0 to announce a hearing and to seek input on SaferProducts.gov, but the announcement will include an addition involving medical professionals.


Feb 11 2019

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The U.K. Office of Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) February 2 debuted a mark design if the nation leaves the EU without agreements to allow continued applicability of the CE mark.


Feb 11 2019

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There was a statistically significant drop from 3.3% to 2.9% in drivers using handheld cell phones from 2016 to 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in January.


Feb 11 2019

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Sixteen states are looking at bills to restrict flame retardants in certain consumer products while 11 might add or update chemical disclosure laws.


Feb 11 2019

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CPSC has a low to medium risk of staffers' faulty use of three types of credit cards, according to a December report by its inspector general (IG).


Feb 11 2019

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S. Res. 50, introduced February 6 by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), would limit post-cloture activity to two hours for many nominations.


Feb 11 2019

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The European Commission's January 28 guide on small, mobile pools gives advice on deciding if they fall under the Toy Safety Directive and EN 71.


Feb 11 2019

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Product safety was among the consumer protection concerns raised February 3 by a U.K. consumer group.


Feb 11 2019

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The U.K. Office of Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) made two announcements regarding improved compliance.


Feb 11 2019

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The European consumer group BEUC January 31 said upcoming eco-design changes would improve product safety.


Feb 11 2019

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Briefs on fuel containers, solo recalls, synthetic turf, tattoo ink, chemical substitution, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


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CPSC February 12 released a recall app for mobile devices.


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


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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.


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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.


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CPSC staff April 19 suggested to JPMA that potential collaboration could extend beyond traditional nursery products.


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Cooking equipment was the top product class linked to fires in buildings under construction in 2010-2014 while heating equipment was the main one during renovations.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Sex Robots Are Here, But Laws Aren’t Keeping up with the Ethical and Privacy Issues They Raise

The Conversation (Boston, Mass.)

The robots are here.

 

Single-Use Plastics Need Comprehensive Federal Legislation

The Regulatory Review (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Plastic pollution appears to be arising ever more frequently in the news.

 

My Turn: ‘Green Chemistry’ Makes Products Safer. Here’s How California Can Do Better

CALmatters (Sacramento, Calif.)

Californians’ demand for healthier products is part of a trend toward healthy living that has changed our expectations of chemistry.

 

Federal Judge Refuses to Dismiss Suit over 2-for-1 Deregulation Order

Jurist (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday refused to dismiss a suit brought by three public interest groups challenging President Donald Trump’s Executive Order and related guidance, that directed, for every new regulation, two should be repealed.

 

 

BIKES, SKATES, SCOOTERS, ETC.

 

You Can Add Sudden-Acceleration Attacks to the List of Electric Scooter Dangers

Gizmodo (New York, N.Y.)

People keep injuring themselves on electric scooters.

 

Electric Scooters Popular with Ride-Sharing Services Can Be Hacked to Suddenly Accelerate or Brake

The Verge (Washington, D.C.)

An electric scooter popular with dockless, ride-sharing services can be made to suddenly accelerate or brake mid-ride thanks to a flaw in the device’s Bluetooth module, security research firm Zimperium reported Tuesday.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

New York’s Public Housing System Is the Size of a City. It’s Failing Children.

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

The New York City Housing Authority, responsible for 176,000 apartments in 2,418 buildings, is by far the biggest public-housing system in the country.