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Dec 05 2016

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Zen Magnet's ability pay means a $5.5 million penalty for settling recalled products was reduced to $10,000.


Dec 05 2016

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Terminate a rulemaking on recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), CPSC staff urged commissioners in a November briefing package.


Dec 05 2016

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Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle said her negative vote on a best practices guideline was due to CPSC not seeking public input, according to her comments made available November 22.


Dec 05 2016

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CSPC staff November 30 spoke with an ANSI/CSA working group about cost-benefit analysis of CO sensors in gas appliances.

Dec 05 2016

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An ASTM F15 task group reaching across various juvenile product classes November 30 raised topics possibly to be addressed on sleep surface breathability.


Dec 05 2016

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Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) November 28 said its work with other enforcement agencies globally has led to the seizure of some 15,000 websites that were linked to counterfeiting and other intellectual property violations.


Dec 05 2016

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Representatives of the Power Tool Institute (PTI) November 28 told commissioners that data suggest newer-model blade protection devices on power saws are working.


Dec 05 2016

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ASTM November 30 highlighted its recently-created standard on measuring certain metals that can be extracted from synthetic turf infill.


Dec 05 2016

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An ASTM F15.20 panel December 1 quickly agreed to or dismissed several items relate to their work on the F2670 infant bath tub standard.


Dec 05 2016

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) gave itself "satisfactory" to "very good" ratings on product safety.


Dec 05 2016

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The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) met in Brussels 14 to 15 November as part of the European Union's International Product Safety Week.


Dec 05 2016

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From 14 to 18 November, product safety stakeholders, including regulator representatives from the EU and the member states, the USA, Canada and Australia gathered in Brussels for the sixth International Product Safety Week (IPSW) to discuss international product safety challenges.

Dec 05 2016

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Health Canada received 437 safety reports on consumer products and cosmetics in the second quarter of 2016, according to data made available November 28.


Dec 05 2016

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The EC's Scientific Committee on Heath, Environment and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) is seeking comments until May on aluminum migration limits for toys.

Dec 05 2016

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Briefs on imports, civil penalties, holiday shopping, baby bath seats, carpet cleaning, CPR air valves, and more.

Dec 05 2016

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Briefs on crib mattresses, helmets, paintball, play equipment, coffee makers, cords/cables, miter saws, and more.


Dec 05 2016

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Briefs on sunbeds, summer safety, bicycle frames, lamps, bathrobes, and more.


Nov 28 2016

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CPSC's November 22 loss in an appeal involving magnets followed its court victory in a different case involving incident reporting.


Nov 28 2016

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CPSC rulemakings will receive "enhanced scrutiny" in coming months until a new commission chairman is in place, the leaders of its congressional oversight committees warned.

Nov 28 2016

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CPSC's abilities to manage chemicals in consumer products and oversee import surveillance were the targets of the 'Looking Ahead' section of its FY2016 financial report.


Nov 28 2016

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U.S. PIRG's November 22 Trouble in Toyland report broke with its decades-old model and listed toys it found available to buy despite being recalled.


Nov 28 2016

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There was an estimated annual average of 148 deaths in 2011-2013 due to non-fire carbon monoxide (CO) incidents, according to data CPSC made available in November.


Nov 28 2016

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There were at least 11 deaths in 2015 among children younger than 15 years and associated with toys, according to data that CPSC made available November 17.


Nov 28 2016

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A November 18 template from the European Commission provides a framework for developing market surveillance activities.


Nov 28 2016

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The addition of one new standard on self-balancing scooters (hoverboards) and the loss of none meant that CPSC ended FY2016 with 71 active voluntary standards projects.

Nov 28 2016

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Briefs on Thanksgiving, off-road vehicles, and more.


Nov 28 2016

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Briefs on athletic fields, upholstered furniture, airsoft gear, amusement rides, fire tests, and more.


Nov 28 2016

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Briefs on chemicals, online sales, beanbag chairs, finger paint, and 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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GENERAL INTEREST

 

The Absurd, Illegal Logic Behind Trump’s ‘Two for One’ Regulation Proposal

Inside Sources (Washington, D.C.)

The president-elect recently described in a YouTube video what he intends to do on his very first day in office.

 

Buckyballs Decision Highlights Regulatory Abuses

The Oklahoman (Tulsa, Okla.)

A recent court decision re-emphasizes how federal regulators have spun out of control during the Obama era.

 

The TPP’s Real Value — It’s Not Just about Trade

The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

President-elect Donald Trump recently reaffirmed his plans to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a treaty that links the United States with 11 Pacific Rim economies.

 

Ottawa Urged to Ban Asbestos Immediately Amid New Data

The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ontario)

The federal government should take immediate action to ban asbestos in Canada and establish an expert panel to review how the deadly substance is managed and disposed of in the country, a group of prominent organizations is urging.

 

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

 

Three Quarters of London Parents Do Not Understand Car Safety for Children

The Times (London, England)

London parents are the worst for making sure their children are using car seats which are important for their safety.

 

 

CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR

 

Snuggie Maker Sues Amazon.com over 'Astronomical' Number of Counterfeit Products

Daily Mail (London, England)

Makers of the Snuggie blanket and other products sold mainly on TV have sued Amazon.com Inc, accusing the internet retailer of trademark infringement for letting an 'astronomical' number of counterfeit products to be sold through its website.

 

Not 'As Seen on TV': Snuggie Maker Sues Amazon.com

CNBC (New York, N.Y.)

Makers of the Snuggie blanket and other products sold mainly on TV have sued Amazon.com Inc, accusing the internet retailer of trademark infringement for letting an "astronomical" number of counterfeit products to be sold through its website.

 

 

LEAD

 

Why Schools Won't Test for Lead

Chicago Daily Herald (Chicago, Ill.)

When Crystal Lake High School District 155 tested water in its schools, 60 percent of the samples showed some level of lead contamination, with eight high enough that the district flushed water lines and took one faucet out of use completely.