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May 27 2019

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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.


May 27 2019

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CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle May 21 clarified the intended temporary nature of placing review of Information Clearinghouse releases under the FoIA system.

May 27 2019

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CPSC is redacting contact details of non-agency people from at least meeting logs.


May 27 2019

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Commissioners May 21 removed a single, expensive project with the aim of making many more eligible for funding under the midyear budget update.


May 27 2019

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Residential fires accounted for almost 78% of structure fires in 2013 to 2017, according to recent data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


May 27 2019

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Watch for a CPSC report on battery packing in the coming weeks. Staffers May 20 told the Button Battery Task force that they have been putting U.S. and some Japanese products through child-resistance assessment.

May 27 2019

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The New York legislature is moving towards a law that would ban sale of crib bumpers in the state and prohibit some uses.


May 27 2019

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) May 15 said its recent review finds against the feasibility of regulating organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs) as a single class but suggested such an approach might be possible for 14 subclasses.


May 27 2019

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Briefs on virtual reality, toys, car seats, sex toys, flame retardants, and food-contact material, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.

May 20 2019

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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."


May 20 2019

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Whether recurrence of injuries linked to a single component merits a recall has arisen again in a legal proceeding affecting CPSC.


May 20 2019

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The 7th circuit U.S. appeals court May 9 upheld late-reporting penalties against Spectrum Brands.


May 20 2019

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Health Canada May 15 issued two parallel announcements for Fisher-Price Rock 'n' Play sleepers, one giving only advice and one offering refunds.


May 20 2019

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Commissioners were slated to vote by ballot as PSL was going to press on incorporating updated pool drain standards into rules at 16 CFR 1450.


May 20 2019

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How to handle aftermarket devices that can allow unattended control of cooktops took up much of the discussion May 15 of a task group on connected devices.


May 20 2019

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The California Attorney General office reached settlements with five companies over allegations of selling jewelry with violative levels of lead and/or cadmium.


May 20 2019

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Amazon's must take four actions in its settlement with Washington State over allegations of violative lead and cadmium levels.


May 20 2019

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The U.K. Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) May 14 urged consumers to seek modifications for certain tumble dryers and to unplug them in the meantime.


May 20 2019

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) oversaw 79 recalls in the first quarter of 2019.


May 20 2019

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The EC is seeking additional feedback through August 6 on work towards harmonized chargers for mobile phones.


May 20 2019

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Briefs on furniture, counterfeits, liquid nicotine, and primary authorities, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

Free Story

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."


Free Story

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


Free Story

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.


Free Story

CPSC's recurring disclosures of companies' information outside 6(b) procedures happened for over a year, and at least one recipient has rejected the agency's request to return or certify destruction of the materials.


Free Story

Companies need to confirm to CPSC immediately that they received letters about unauthorized release of their information.


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The House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee told CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle to respond by April 6 to its letter suggesting she "coordinated with industry."


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The House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee sought answers in 15 areas from CPSC.


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ASTM February 19 began the process of moving towards an F15 standard for high-powered, separable magnets not sold as toys.


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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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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Flame Retardants: What to Know About Chemicals in Furniture and Cables

The Guardian U.S. (New York, N.Y.)

Exposure to flame retardants, which are found in strollers, carpets and electronics, can affect the nervous and reproductive system.

 

‘It’s Killing Us’: Why Firefighters Are Battling to Ban Flame Retardants

The Guardian U.S. (New York, N.Y.)

Massachusetts has failed to sign a bill banning flame retardants into law despite endorsement of lawmakers and pediatricians and concerns over safety

 

Phthalates: Why You Need to Know about the Chemicals in Cosmetics

The Guardian U.S. (New York, N.Y.)

Phthalates are a group of chemicals most commonly used to make plastic more flexible and harder to break.

 

 

RECENT CPSC RECALL NOTICES

 

Exercise Straps for Plastic Straps Breaking

Pineapple Corers/Slicers for Blades Detach

Bicycle Seat Bags for Straps Tangling in Wheels

Portable Speakers for Batteries Exploding

ROVs for Upper Front Suspension Arms Failing

 

 

FURNITURE

 

Falling Furniture Kills One Child Every Two Weeks, Federal Agency Says

WTVD (Raleigh, N.C.)

Every 20 minutes, tipped or falling furniture sends a child to the emergency room.

 

 

JUVENILE PRODUCTS & CHILDCARE ITEMS

 

NY Lawmakers Push to Ban Crib Bumpers Amid Aafety Concerns

Albany Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)

Lawmakers and pediatricians are working to pass a bill banning the sale of crib bumper pads in New York following recommendations from child safety groups who say they are unsafe for babies.

 

Lawmakers Push for Banning Baby Crib Bumper Pads

WNYT (Albany, N.Y.)

While they look good and dress up a baby's nursery, advocates against them say that crib bumper pads can be deadly and they want the sales banned.