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Monday January 15, 2018

CPSC & Other U.S. Briefs

Sleep Deaths: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention January 9 reported that roughly 3,500 infants die due to SIDS and similar causes. Despite declines since the 1990s, CDC voiced concern about some findings about maternal behaviors: 21.6% said they place babies to sleep on sides and back; 61.4% report bed sharing; and 38.5% use soft bedding. The Vital Signs report (bit.ly/2CYR1dX) also noted race and age differences. For example, soft bedding was most prevalent among Asian/Pacific Island respondents (55%), closely followed by Hispanics (53%). Youngest mothers ranked worst for all behaviors.

 

Carbon Monoxide: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention January 6 circulated tips (bit.ly/2DhKEjR) on avoiding poisoning that included detector installation, equipment maintenance, and misuse of products like ovens or generators.

 

Makeup: U.S. PIRG called (bit.ly/2AOaB7y) for greater oversight following allegations of asbestos in children's products sold by Claire's. The company has raised doubts about the claims, citing 3rd-party testing (PSL, 1/8/18). Cosmetics fall under FDA jurisdiction.

 

CPSC-Administered Recalls

Product

Date1

Company

Hazard

Units2

Incidents Reported

Sold

Price

Remedy

Highchairs: Tuo Convertible 304200 and 304200CN

1/9/18

Skip Hop

Front legs can detach

7,900

(C:2,000)

13, two with bruises

Dec 2016-Dec 2017

$160

Replacements

1 Dates in parentheses are original dates for reannouncements. 2Numbers in parentheses are units in joint recalls with Health Canada (C) and/or Mexico’s Profeco (M). (U)=unspecified

CPSC Calendar *

When

CPSCers

With

Topic

Where

To Learn More

Jan 15

All day

Andrew Trotta

NEC Panel 17

Revision first draft

Hilton Head, S.C.

Trotta,

Atrotta@cpsc.gov

Jan 16

10:00a

Scott Ayers

ASTM F15.45

Candle incidents

Teleconference

Ayers,

sayers@cpsc.gov

Jan 16

2:00p

Hope Nesteruk

ASTM F15.18

Play yard mattress breathability

Teleconference

Nesteruk,

hnesteruk@cpsc.gov

Jan 16

4:00p

Rick McCallion

ASTM F24

Amusement rides

Teleconference

McCallion,

rmccallion@cpsc.gov

Jan 17

2:00p

Yeon Seok Kim

ANSI Z21/CSA

Decorative gas appliances

Teleconference

Kim,

ykim@cpsc.gov

Jan 17

3:0op

Scott Ayers and others

ASTM F15.72

Disposable fuel containers

Teleconference

Ayers,

sayers@cpsc.gov

Jan 18

1:00p

Scott Ayers and others

ASTM

Flame jetting awareness

Teleconference

Ayers,

sayers@cpsc.gov

Jan 18

2:00p

Susan Bathalon and others

ANSI/APSP/ICC-4

Aboveground/on-ground residential pools

Teleconference

Bathalon,

sbathalon@cpsc.gov

Jan 18

2:30p

Hope Nesteruk and others

ASTM F15.21

Infant carriers and nursing

Teleconference

Nesteruk,

hnesteruk@cpsc.gov

Jan 21-22

All day

Scott Ayers

ASHRAE

Various committee meetings

Rockville, Md.

Ayers,

sayers@cpsc.gov

Jan 23

All day

Celestine Kish and Hope Nesteruk

ASTM F15

Booster seats, gates, folding chairs, more

New Orleans, La.

Nesteruk,

hnesteruk@cpsc.gov

* (w) = webcast will be available on CPSC website; underscored names are commissioners; times are local; teleconferences are EST/EDT.