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Monday March 05, 2018

CPSC & Other U.S. Briefs

Britax: CPSC's Federal Register publication of its complaint (PSL, 2/19/18) against Britax to force a recall of jogging strollers is at bit.ly/2F7ew2e. The issue is detaching wheels.

 

Upholstered Furniture: CPSC March 1 posted a teaser for its "tech to tech" meeting May 16 at its Rockville, Md. lab. It said more details would be available by April 2, but Andrew Lock is the contact: alock@cpsc.gov.

 

Animal Tests: CPSC members voted 4-0 to fix omissions in rules at 16-CFR-1500 (PSL, 2/26/18). The updates will be effective April 30 absent significant negative input (due March 29), according to the Federal Register (bit.ly/2F4K1yb).

 

ATVs: CPSC's final rule incorporating updates to SVIA's voluntary standards provisions on stop lamps and reflectors is in the February 27 Federal Register (bit.ly/2oAXeEu). CPSC is accommodating industry with a January 1, 2019 effective date (PSL, 2/26/18). Commissioners approved the rule 4-0.

 

Phthalates: CPSC got no adverse comments on revisions to exemption determinations (PSL, 2/5/18) to reflect its final content rule. Thus, updates are effective April 25. The lone comment (bit.ly/2ozOrma) was laudatory.

 

BPA: Comments from FDA on a recent National Toxicology Program report that called into question toxicity concerns for food-contact products are available at bit.ly/2F5WOvY.

 

Regulatory Burdens: An OMB report getting attention in the general press for showing that benefits exceed cost is available at bit.ly/2t6BxRj.

 

CPSC-Administered Recalls

Product

Date1

Company

Hazard

Units2

Incidents Reported

Sold

Price

Remedy

Air Conditioners: Various Goodman, Amana, York International and Energy Knight models

3/1/18

Goodman

Outdoor fan motor can overheat

534,000

(C:3,400)

Nine fires, one with smoke inhalation

Jan 2010-Feb 2018

$700-$1,400

Repairs

Folding Bicycles: UltraX and Ultra1

2/26/18

Allen Sports

Frame can break

150

Two but no injuries

May 2014-Jul 2017

$500-$4,000

Refunds

Highchairs: Table2Table 6-in-1 model 1969721

3/1/18

Graco

Rear legs can piv­ot out of position

36,000

(C:3,200)

38, five with injuries

Oct 2016-Dec 2017

$100

Repairs

Multicookers: Gem 65 8-in-1

3/1/18

Double Insights

Underside can over­heat and melt

104,000

107, five with property damage but no injuries

Aug 2017-Jan 2017

$80

Replacements

Sleepwear: PL Sleep 17FT62F561 children's nightgowns

2/28/18

Lemur Group

Fail flammability requirements

1,100

(C:380)

None

Oct 2017-Feb 2018

$16-$38

Refunds

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

Mar 6

All day

Stephen Hanway and others

ASTM, ACI

Liquid Laundry Packs

Washington, D.C.

bit.ly/2t68Unp

Mar 7

All day

Commissioners

Stakeholders

Public meeting on fireworks rulemaking

Bethesda, Md.

bit.ly/2BLk2tm

Mar 7

2:00p

Scott Ayers

Hearth Patio and Barbecue Assn.

Technical update

Nashville, Tenn.

Tom Stroud

stroud@hpba.org

Mar 8

All day

Michael Taylor and others

ASTM F15.42

Clothing storage units, various task groups

Teleconferences

Taylor,

mtaylor@cpsc.gov

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