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Aug 19 2019

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Commissioners in early August had before them a ballot to start a 60-day comment period on a draft advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on residential gas furnaces and boilers.


Aug 19 2019

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The House Committee on Oversight and Reform August 13 said it was launching and investigation into the inclined sleepers situation.


Aug 19 2019

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An ASTM F15.18 working group August 13 began the task of assessing incident data on inclined sleepers.


Aug 19 2019

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Recommendations against weighty metal swings were among numerous items discussed August 14 by an ASTM F15.09 working group.


Aug 19 2019

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Unconventional buckle attachments on infant carriers got attention August 13 by an ASTM F15.21 working group.


Aug 19 2019

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An ASTM F15.17 working group August 13 continued to refine description of draft testing of redundant suspension straps on hanging activity centers.


Aug 19 2019

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An ASTM F15.76 working group hopes to complete its work on cabinets safety locks by the end of August with an eye towards initial balloting in September.


Aug 19 2019

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Incident reporting advice took up much of the discussion at an August 9 ASTM F15.75 teleconference on connected products.


Aug 19 2019

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) oversaw 77 recalls of general consumer products in the second quarter of 2019.


Aug 19 2019

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Briefs on flooring, CSUs, connected product, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


Aug 12 2019

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Aug 12 2019

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CPSC staff August 8 offered many technical clarifications on a potential project to look at carbon monoxide (CO) mitigation efforts for portable generators.


Aug 12 2019

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EPA staffers August 6 emphasized four broad findings on a first-round exposure study on crumb rubber.


Aug 12 2019

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The ASTM F15.24 subcommittee might start a long-term project to update how its jewelry standards approach risk assessment.


Aug 12 2019

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An ASTM F15.19 panel on infant bedding August 7 rejected an idea to add a phrase to the definition of mesh so it would include "other air-permeable textile barriers."


Aug 12 2019

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One in 10 childcare facilities still were using recently recalled inclined sleepers, according to a survey made available August from Kids in Danger and U.S. PIRG.


Aug 12 2019

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CPSC's latest attention to inclined sleepers was its August 6 move to put a warning atop its homepage that millions of units were recalled and that there have been deaths.


Aug 12 2019

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An ASTM F15.16 working group August 7 looked at how the F833 scope should handle products that transition from stroller-like modes to tricycle-like modes.


Aug 12 2019

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An ASTM F15.18 task group August 5 decided, for now, simply to monitor a potential new type of crib or play yard that might not fit neatly into existing standards.


Aug 12 2019

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The furniture industry August 6 asked for six months CPSC leniency on enforcement of soon-to-be issued updates to the F2057 standard.


Aug 12 2019

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Give input by late August on four EC draft proposals on exemptions for hazardous materials in products.


Aug 12 2019

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A large majority – 94% – of U.K. home electrical fire that are linked to appliance misuse occur in kitchens, according to findings the Electrical Safety First made available in late July.


Aug 12 2019

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EPA August 1 announced updates to an online chemicals review tool.


Aug 12 2019

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A July analysis of NEISS data in the journal Brain Injury identified seven consumer product categories most often associated with non-fatal traumatic brain injury.

Aug 12 2019

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NIST is accepting comments until September 30 on its recent report on the Internet of Things (IoT) and cybersecurity.


Aug 12 2019

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CPSC staff August 8 at the agency's Rockville, Md., lab met with about four dozen stakeholders to discuss upholstered furniture fire safety.


Aug 12 2019

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Briefs on strollers, refrigerators, bounce houses, environmental policy, flooring, toys, OPSS, and mouthing, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


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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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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.


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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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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Lack Of Regulation Could Lead To Drone Weaponization

Forbes (New York, N.Y.)

Drone commercialization has skyrocketed over the past five years.

 

How to Eat Less Plastic

Consumer Reports (Yonkers, N.Y.)

For anyone living in the U.S. in 2019, plastic is nearly impossible to avoid.

 

Deadly Recalled Products Still Lurk in Many Child- Care Centers

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif.)

The history of recalled children’s products is long and tragic.

 

 

AMUSEMENT RIDES

 

The World’s Tallest Waterslide Was a Terrible, Tragic Idea

The Atlantic (Washington, Post)

At 169 feet tall, Verrückt was the tallest waterslide in the world.

 

 

BIKES, SKATES, SCOOTERS, ETC.

 

Despite High Injury Rates, 80% of E-Scooter Riders Refuse to Wear Helmets

Digital Trends (Portland, Ore.)

E-scooters provide a convenient way to move around urban centers, but the injury rate is skyrocketing.

 

 

ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND DEVICES

 

FAA Bans Some Apple Laptops from Flights over Fire Risk

The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Tuesday it is banning certain MacBook Pro laptops from flights after Apple recently said that batteries in select units posed fire risks.

 

 

FURNITURE

 

Cuomo Signs Bills to Reduce Infant Deaths, Injury from Household Items

Albany Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed three bills Tuesday designed to reduce the number of children harmed by furniture tipping over and crib bumper pads.

 

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Expanding Infant Safety Measures

WSYR (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed three pieces of legislation to protect infants in New York State.

 

New York State Is Expanding Safety Measures to Protect Infants

WKBW (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Governor Cuomo signed three measures to protect and create a safer environment for infants in New York.

 

 

LEAD

 

Lead Isn't Someone Else's Problem

News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.)

It’s not surprising to learn that St. Joseph children have elevated levels of lead in their blood, even higher than what’s found among children in Flint, Michigan.

 

New Haven Loses Lawsuit on Child Lead Poisoning Issue

New Haven Register (New Haven, Conn.)

A Superior Court judge has certified a class action suit for young children with blood lead poisoning as the most “practical, efficient and appropriate means” of dealing with the problem, a fifth court loss for the city as it failed to follow its own ordinance.