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Jan 22 2018

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Early CPSC findings on playground surfacing might raise enough worry to merit more investigation.


Jan 22 2018

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CPSC is asking UL to consider performance tests to protect against thermal aging of exhaust fans due to locked rotors.


Jan 22 2018

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There were about 54,300 house fires involving heating equipment from 2011-2015, according to recent data for the National Fire Prevention Association.


Jan 22 2018

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Types of mechanical components that might need locked-motion tests of inclined sleepers were among the topics discussed January 11 by an ASTM F15.18 group.


Jan 22 2018

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An ASTM F15.17 working group January 10 decided to look into provisions to address jogging stroller wheel detachments.


Jan 22 2018

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An ASTM F15.10 working group January 11 continued to give attention to the issue of consumers removing flame mitigation devices (FMD) in gasoline containers.


Jan 22 2018

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An ASTM F15.17 panel January 11 quickly reviewed potential adjustments to provisions on covers that go over protective foam on stroller tray/grab bars.


Jan 22 2018

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Hövding has petitioned CPSC related to its inflatable bicycle helmets.


Jan 22 2018

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Health Canada January 11 reported that it got 586 safety and health report during June-April last year.


Jan 22 2018

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Briefs on CPSC leadership, phthalates, clothing storage, bar stools, bassinets, and more.


Jan 22 2018

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Briefs on cribs, floor covering, strength equipment, tree stands, water slides, and more.


Jan 22 2018

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Briefs on PFDs, teethers, toys, waste disposal, comforters, jogging strollers, and more.


Jan 15 2018

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The White House January 8 resubmitted the nominations of CPSC Acting-Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle and commissioner-designee Dana Baiocco.


Jan 15 2018

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Two additional comments on CPSC's move to adopt revisions to the ASTM F963 standard were split negative/positive.


Jan 15 2018

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Members of an ASTM F15.20 task group January 9 decided they would draft updated language related to soap solutions.


Jan 15 2018

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Members of an F15.21 panel January 8 discussed how to handle infant slings that can hold more than one baby.


Jan 15 2018

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Participants in an ASTM F15.19 teleconference January 9 considered adapting an Australia-New Zealand method to testing crib bumper firmness.


Jan 15 2018

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Canyon Bicycles January 9 reached out to CPSC related to its recent entry into the U.S. market.


Jan 15 2018

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) earlier in January reported it found 14 decorative alcohol fueled products that did not meet that nation's requirements.


Jan 15 2018

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) January 8 signaled its concern about a 39% increase in 2017 of people reporting consumer guarantee issues.


Jan 15 2018

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Health Canada January 6 launched a 75-day comment period on two proposals on prohibiting most uses and exportation of asbestos.


Jan 15 2018

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Briefs on sleep deaths, carbon monoxide, makeup, highchairs, and more.

Jan 15 2018

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Briefs on amusement rides, archery, baseball bats, combination ovens, deep fat fryers, and more.


Jan 15 2018

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Briefs on sleep sacks, highchairs, mugs/bowls, rust dissolvers, batteries, and more.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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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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Battery safety is the topic of an all-day training session by CPSC staff scheduled to occur May 16 in Shenzhen, China.


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An ASTM F15.22 working group's April 20 session on toy projectiles became a review of various non-substantive editorial matters as the major target of discussion was withdrawn before the call.


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The 10 comments CPSC has received so far on its fireworks NPR were generally supportive of the agency's direction although there were some concerns and suggestions.


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CPSC would operate in very limited fashion in the event of a government shutdown later this month.


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Briefs on elevators, Viking Range, toys, flame retardants, caster boards, chairs, food dehydrators, and more.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Here's How China Is Moving Away From Animal Testing

Bloomberg (New York, N.Y.)

China is expected to have the world’s largest cosmetics market in a few years, but some companies have avoided selling beauty products there.

 

US Puts Alibaba's Taobao on Blacklist for Counterfeit Products—Again

Fortune (New York, N.Y.)

The U.S. Trade Representative put Alibaba’s Taobao on its blacklist for the second year in a row over suspected counterfeits sold on the shopping platform, a move the Chinese e-commerce giant said did not reflect its IP-protection efforts.

 

Alibaba Criticized Again by US for Selling Fakes Online

Bloomberg (New York, N.Y.)

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. was cited again as a marketplace for fakes on a U.S. blacklist, another sign of increasing tension between the U.S. and China.

 

 

BLOGS

 

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‘Tide Pod Challenge’ Highlights Danger of Colorful Laundry Packets

Environmental Working Group

An unbelievably dumb and extremely dangerous dare has gone viral on social media. It’s the “Tide Pod Challenge”: biting down on the small, colorful – and potentially poisonous – packets of liquid laundry detergent until they burst in your mouth.

 

 

HOME APPLIANCES

 

Up to One Million Fire Hazard Whirlpool-Made Tumble Dryers Still in Use in British Homes, Report Says

iTV (London, England)

Up to 1 million defective tumble dryers could still be in use in British homes due to an "inadequate" response to a defect by manufacturer Whirlpool, a parliamentary report claims.

 

Up to One Million Defective Tumble Dryers in UK Homes - MPs

Sky News (London, England)

MPs have warned there could be up to one million defective tumble dryers that have been blamed for causing hundreds of fires in UK homes.

 

 

HOME GOODS & DECOR

 

Window Covering Manufacturers to Ban Blinds with Potentially Hazardous Cords

ABC News (New York, N.Y.)

By the end of 2018, U.S. consumers shopping for window blinds will see only standard models without accessible cords.

 

Turning Point in Fight to Stop Child Deaths from Window Blinds

FairWarning (Pasadena, Calif.)

Sales of most corded window blinds and shades – products blamed for the strangulation deaths of more than 300 U.S. infants and toddlers since 1981 — will come to an end late this year.

 

 

HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS & CLEANING PRODUCTS

 

YouTube Cracks Down on Teens Eating Washing Machine Capsules in ‘Tide Pod Challenge’

Yahoo News (Sunnyvale, Calif.)

YouTube is cracking down on a dangerous – and surreal – new online craze, the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’, where teenagers eat washing machine capsules live on camera.

 

12,000 Poison Control Calls for Laundry Pods? Here's How that Compares to Other Household Products.

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Ill.)

Tide Pods are the internet's breakout meme of early 2018.

 

Here's How Common the Tide Pod Challenge Really Is

Time (New York, N.Y.)

On Friday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tweeted an earnest request to its nearly 42,000 followers: Please don’t eat laundry pods.