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Apr 22 2019

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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.


Apr 22 2019

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Consumer Reports (CR) April 18 told PSL it saw a "duty" to consumers to publicize incidents CPSC provided outside the 6(b) process, and it confirmed the connection to the Fisher-Price Rock 'n' Play matter.

Apr 22 2019

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The April 12 Fisher-Price recall of Rock 'n' Play inclined sleepers followed about a week after CPSC and the company warned to stop use.


Apr 22 2019

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CPSC staff got pushback April 16 about an idea that warning tags on crib bumpers and liners be affixed on all four sides.


Apr 22 2019

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CPSC and other independent agencies starting May 11 must take extra steps in developing rules, guidances, policies, and similar regulatory documents.


Apr 22 2019

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The New Zealand Commerce Commission April 15 announced four enforcement actions involving toy safety.


Apr 22 2019

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The April 16 annual report from the U.K. Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is very short on product safety activities.


Apr 22 2019

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Briefs on CPSC budget, whistleblowers, chainsaws, Brexit, and harmonization plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


Apr 15 2019

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CPSC's resource challenges got bipartisan and cross-stakeholder consensus at an April 9 House hearing.


Apr 15 2019

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Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) gave CPSC an April 22 deadline to provide a wide range of documents.


Apr 15 2019

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CPSC used its power to give notices of safety threats, and it later responded to demands for a recall.


Apr 15 2019

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New input on CPSC's SaferProducts.gov database mostly focused on site usability and access to and use of the data.


Apr 15 2019

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CPSC in early April highlighted its cooperation with its Canadian and Mexican counterparts on AC and USB chargers.


Apr 15 2019

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CPSC should do better at addressing persistent hazards, Commissioner Elliot Kaye wrote in early April.


Apr 15 2019

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EC regulators April 5 made 10 recommendation for recall effectiveness.


Apr 15 2019

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The EC in 2018 processed 2,257 alerts in its Safety Gate system, formerly known as the RAPEX or Rapid Alert system.


Apr 15 2019

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The EC Justice and Consumers directorate April 5 drew attention to a batch of reports in 2018 on squeezable toys sometimes referred to as "squishies."


Apr 15 2019

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The U.K. Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) April 4 found a "low risk of harm" from lint fires in certain Whirlpool dryers.


Apr 15 2019

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The U.K. Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) recently provided access to updated product safety advice.


Apr 15 2019

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EPA in early April provided an update on its activities targeting lead.


Apr 15 2019

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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) April 10 promoted the potential product safety benefits of nanotechnology.


Apr 15 2019

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


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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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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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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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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GENERAL INTEREST

 

No, This Is the Real Story on the BOB Stroller

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

Regarding the statement by former acting Consumer Product Safety Commission chair Nancy A. Nord in her April 14 letter pertaining to the April 3 front-page story “How the BOB stroller was kept from recall”:

 

Before Fisher-Price’s Rock ’n Play Recall, Safety Fears and Dubious Marketing

New York Times (New York, N.Y.)

The thousands of images of Fisher-Price’s Rock ’n Play sleeper posted on Instagram include many of babies snuggled serenely in the cloth-covered cradle, free of its harness and surrounded by blankets and stuffed animals.

 

Toward Fire Safety Without Chemical Risk

Science Magazine (Washington, D.C.)

Halogenated flame retardants are used widely in consumer products such as carpets, textiles, and electronics to reduce the risk of fire.

 

Nanobiotechnology: Is It Safe?

The Science Times (Irvine, Calif.)

Nowadays technology and biology are beginning to become intertwined in several new and very fascinating ways, an example of which is nanobiotechnology.

 

 

BLOGS

 

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Science and Transparency: Harms to the Public Interest from Harassing Public Records Requests

Union of Concerned Scientists

In my work as a professor and researcher in the Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I investigate the basic mechanisms underlying how exposure to toxic metals contribute to cellular effects and disease.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

E.P.A. Moves to ‘Close the Door’ on Asbestos. Consumer Groups Say Loopholes Remain.

New York Times (New York, N.Y.)

The Trump administration on Wednesday issued a regulation it said would impose new restrictions on asbestos, a deadly substance once commonly found in insulation materials.

 

Critics Say New EPA Rule Could Reintroduce Asbestos Use

The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Wednesday a new rule they say will limit the use of asbestos in the U.S., but critics, including some of the agency’s own staff, describe it as a half measure that could reintroduce some asbestos products to the market.

 

EPA Announces Nearly Complete Ban on Asbestos

CNN (Atlanta, Ga.)

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced a nearly complete ban on the manufacturing and importing of asbestos.