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Monday January 07, 2019

Briefs and Charts

CPSC Chairman: Ann Marie Buerkle was not among 77 nominees approved by Senate voice vote on the last day, January 2, of the 115th Congress. Her nomination to become chairman must be resubmitted for the 116th to consider. She has served as acting chairman since February 2017.

 

Asbestos: Health Canada's updated rules prohibiting most products containing more than "trace amounts" of asbestos went into effect December 30. There are exclusions, but those cover non-consumer products like certain military equipment or already in-place asbestos. See the rules at bit.ly/2VqSCj0. They override previous mandates.

 

Online Sales: A new one-page brochure covers four product safety goals for selling platforms – identifying and removing unsafe products, promoting product safety compliance, ensuring sellers' contact information is prominent, and cooperating with regulatory authorities. See it at bit.ly/2R7FZuZ. It involves the international effort begun last November (PSL, 11/19/18), spearheaded by Australia and the EU with OECD.

 

OHVs: Consumer Federation of American (CFA) in December asserted that recalls of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) increased. It wrote (bit.ly/2E7Hyz2) that from January 2010 to mid-December 2018 there were 89 recalls with 41 (46%) in the last two years (24 in 2017 and 17 in 2018). There were two in 2010. CFA also provided a chart showing that 65 (73%) were in the last four of the nine-year period. Fuel systems risks (19) were the top reason, while steering and throttle problems tied for next (11 each). It called on CPSC to look into the increase.

 

CPSC-Administered Recalls

Product

Date1

Company

Hazard

Units2

Incidents Reported

Sold

Price

Remedy

 

Due to the ongoing government shutdown, CPSC last issued a recall notice on December 20.

 

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

 

The following meetings are contingent on the end of the ongoing government shutdown.

 

Jan 10

12:00p

Scott Ayers

Carbon Monoxide Alliance

Prevention

Teleconference

Ayers

sayers@cpsc.gov

Jan 10

1:30p

Scott Ayers

ASTM F15.72

Fuel container flame mitigation devices

Teleconference

Ayers,

sayers@cpsc.gov

Jan 14

2:30-

Robert Adler and staff

PGMA

G300 standard

Bethesda, Md.

Maureen Kentoff,

mkentoff@cpsc.gov

Jan 22

10:00

Scott Ayes

ASTM F15.45

Candle incidents

Teleconference

Ayers,

sayers@cpsc.gov

Jan 23

2:00p

Hope Nesteruk and others

ASTM F15.16

F1004 updates

Teleconference

Nesteruk,

hnesteruk@cpsc.gov

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

 

ASTM Proposals

Subject

(Work Item) Standard

Related to

Contact

Amusement Rides

(WK66329) F2291-18, Standard Practice for Design of Amusement Rides and Devices

Handrails, clearances

Katerina Koperna, kkoperna@astm.org

 

(WK66347) F2291-18, Standard Practice for Design of Amusement Rides and Devices

Fall protection systems

 

 

(WK66348) F2291-18, Standard Practice for Design of Amusement Rides and Devices

Elimination of hazards

 

 

(WK66365) F2291-18, Standard Practice for Design of Amusement Rides and Devices

Load/unload areas

 

 

(WK66366) F2291-18, Standard Practice for Design of Amusement Rides and Devices

 

 

 

ASTM New, Reapproved and Revised Standards

Subject

Standard

Contact

Amusement Rides

F1193-18a, Standard Practice for Quality, Manufacture, and Construction of Amusement Rides and Devices

Katerina Koperna, kkoperna@astm.org

Bath Seats

F1967-18, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Seats

Len Morrissey, lmorriss@astm.org

Go-Karts

F2007-18, Standard Practice for Design, Manufacture, and Operation of Concession Go-Karts and Facilities

Katerina Koperna, kkoperna@astm.org

Play Surfaces

F3313-18, Standard Test Method for Determining Impact Attenuation of Playground Surfaces Within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment as Tested in the Field

Joe Koury, jkoury@astm.org

Soft Serve Freezers

F2795-18, Standard Test Method for Performance of Self-Contained Soft Serve and Shake Freezers

Kristy Straiton, kstraiton@astm.org

Toddler Beds

F1821-18, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toddler Beds

Len Morrissey, lmorriss@astm.org

Wall Padding

F2440-18, Standard Specification for Indoor Wall/Feature Padding

Joe Koury, jkoury@astm.org

 

UL Proposals and Outlines

Subject

Date

Standard

Related to

Contact

Air Compressors

12/21/18

UL 1450, Standard for Motor-Operated Air Compressors, Vacuum Pumps, and Painting Equipment

Portability, flammability, grounding, batteries, more

Elizabeth.Northcott@ul.com

Circuit Breakers

12/21/18

UL 489, Molded-Case Circuit Breakers, Molded-Case Switches, and Circuit-Breaker Enclosures

Addition of UL 489G requirements

Patricia.A.Sena@ul.com

Extinguishers

12/19/18

UL 1254E, Dry Chemical Extinguishing System Units, Engineered Type

First edition outline

Nicolette.A.Weeks@ul.com

Fire Protection

1/1/19

UL 246, Hydrants for Fire-Protection Service

Barrel wall thickness

Griff.Edwards@ul.com

Heaters

12/21/18

UL 733, Oil-Fired Air Heaters and Direct-Fired Heaters

Assembly, markings, more

Marcia.M.Kawate@ul.com

Hoists

12/21/18

UL 1340, Hoists

Residential use

Griff.Edwards@ul.com

Horticulture Lights

12/28/18

UL 8800, Horticultural Lighting Equipment

First edition outline

AnneMarie.Jacobs@ul.com

Raceways/Fittings

12/21/18

UL 5B, Strut-Type Channel Raceways and Fittings

Reaffirmation of 2nd edition

Joshua.Johnson@ul.com

 

UL New Editions and Revised Standards

Subject

Date

Standard

Contact

Fire Protection

12/18/18

UL 246, Hydrants for Fire-Protection Service

Griff.Edwards@ul.com

Lamp Ballasts

12/18/18

UL 935, Fluorescent-Lamp Ballasts

Alan.T.McGrath@ul.com

Lightning Protection

12/18/18

UL 96A, Installation Requirements for Lightning Protection Systems

Mitchell.Gold@ul.com

 

Non-U.S. Recalls

Country

Product

Date

Company

Hazard

Incidents Reported

Units

Sold

Remedy

Australia

Battery Chargers: DAS63ZJE

12/23/18

iGear.com.au

Live parts can become exposed

(U)

(U)

Nov 2014-Nov 2018

Refunds or replacements

 

Lawnmowers: LC 141Li battery operated

12/23/18

Husqvarna Australia

Short circuiting

(U)

(U)

Sep 2017-Oct 2018

Repairs

 

Plush Toys: Small reindeers

12/21/18

Stockland Property Management

Noses can detach

(U)

36,000

Nov 2018-Dec 2018

(U)

"dispose of"

 

Toy Vehicles: Remote Control ATV Madness QY045

1/3/19

Kmart Australia

USB charger can overheat

(U)

(U)

Oct 2018-Dec 2018

Refunds

Canada

Candles: Scented, 2-wicked, 13.5 oz

12/31/18

Woodlot Shop

Glass jars can crack

Three but no injuries

1,581

Nov 2018-Dec 2018

Refunds

New Zealand

Toy Guitars: JF4903 Apple Style

12/21/18

Joint Future Wholesale

Small parts

(U)

(U)

(U)

Refunds

 

Toys: JF4399p lanes, JF4346 ducks, JF9350 rattle maracas

12/21/18

Joint Future Wholesale

Small parts

(U)

(U)

(U)

Refunds

(U) = Unspecified in the notice.

 

EU Safety Gate (RAPEX) Notices Issued December 21 (Report 51)

Country

Product (number of notices)

Hazard

Action

Bulgaria

Clothing Sets: Atabay Kids unknown model

Decorations can detach

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Clothing Sets: Breeze Girls 7232/11264

Decorative pearls can detach

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Clothing Sets: Breeze Girls 7236/11434

Decorative pearls can detach

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Clothing Sets: Champion various styles children's

Hood drawstrings

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Clothing Sets: JNS DJ-905/13941 children's

Rhinestones can detach

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Clothing Sets: Tongs Baby 1028 PEMBE

Rhinestones can detach

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Cribs: Baby One Sehzade

Upholstery buttons can detach

Ban

 

Decorations: Unknown brand cherries

Food-like

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Dresses: Caramell girls'

Rhinestones can detach

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Jackets: Collection FS sleeveless children's

Neck drawstrings

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Key Rings: Unknown brand 5224 cookie

Child appealing

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Novelty Lighters: Jinming Pepsi bottle

Child appealing

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Novelty Lighters: Kuzey ice cream cones

Child appealing

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Novelty Lighters: Lighter Classic car

Child appealing

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Novelty Lighters: OTK-202 Miller beer bottle

Child appealing

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Pants: Fu You RQ871 children's

Waist drawstrings

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Pants:Jiaozilong Always Original children's

Waist drawstrings

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Pants: Mighty Wrapps unknown models

Waist drawstrings

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Shorts: Huaxing 8803 children's

Waist drawstrings

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Sports Tops: Cikoby CE 1301 children's

Hood drawstrings

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Tracksuits: Mackays 2350-043 children's

Waist and neck drawstrings

Mandatory withdrawal

 

T-Shirts: Hope Star BK298 children's

Small parts detach

Mandatory withdrawal

Croatia

Dolls: Modern Pretty Girl 2610

DEHP

Import rejection

Cyprus

Sweatshirts: Fox KGW19-95601 children's

Hood drawstrings

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Toy Tanks: Hongxinda Land Tiger

Accessible batteries

Mandatory withdrawal

Denmark

Light Chains: Unknown brand/model/name

Cord can detach

Voluntary withdrawal

Estonia

Bath Toys: Foxter Bathing Fun BLS85-20

Small parts detach

Voluntary withdrawal

Finland

Pacifiers: Mumlov Top Quality Silicone

Small parts can break off

Voluntary withdrawal

France

Bunk Beds: Adeko Lit Cabane DMPB

Large gaps, short barrier

Voluntary withdrawal

 

Slime: Forest Toys Super Gadgets 12876

Boron

Voluntary withdrawal/recall

Italy

Aerosol String: Party String

Inadequate flammability warnings

Ban

 

E-Cigarettes: Eleaf iJust 3

No CR fastener

Mandatory withdrawal

 

E-Cigarettes: Smok The Cloud Beast TFV8

No CR fastener

Mandatory withdrawal

Malta

Light Chains: LLIN-IT 100 LED

Poor mechanical strength

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Power Inverters: Unknown brand 1500W

Accessible live parts

Mandatory withdrawal

 

Travel Adaptors: Unknown brand/model

No shutters

Ban

Poland

Strollers: Lorelli Fiesta

Instability

Voluntary withdrawal

 

Toy Guitar: Unknown brand TG219216-675-219

No quick release on strap

Voluntary withdrawal

Romania

Bicycle Helmets: Lazer Magma, Blade, Elle, Jade

Poorly anchored straps

Voluntary withdrawal

 

Immersion Heaters: HEJ K???

Inadequate insulation

Ban

Slovakia

Dolls: Beauty Fashion Doll 003/656752

DEHP

Mandatory withdrawal/recall

 

Dolls: Beauty Fashionable Joker 8800

DEHP

Mandatory withdrawal/recall

 

Dolls: Beauty Model 5533/115952

DEHP

Mandatory withdrawal/recall

 

Dolls: Beauty Sea Journey 506/122172

DBP, DEHP, DINP

Mandatory withdrawal/recall

 

Dolls: Doc McStuffins 978/P04944 counterfeit

DEHP

Mandatory withdrawal/recall

 

Dolls: Moana K003-A, K003-B counterfeit

DEHP

Mandatory withdrawal/recall

 

Dolls: Unknown brand Bábika DY01040

Accessible batteries

Mandatory withdrawal/recall

 

Plush Toys: Gazelo Maskotka rabbit

Eyes can detach

Mandatory withdrawal/recall

Sweden

Bouncing Balls: Unknown brand Hoppboll

Short chain chlorinated paraffins

Voluntary withdrawal

 

Decorative Lamps: ByRydéns Angel

Short chain chlorinated paraffins

Voluntary withdrawal

 

Decorative Lamps: Star Trading Churchill

Short chain chlorinated paraffins

Voluntary withdrawal

 

Dolls: Sweet Friens Baddocka 698

Cadmium

Voluntary withdrawal

 

Light Chains: Konstsmide 2316-550

Short chain chlorinated paraffins

Voluntary withdrawal

 

Necklaces: Fashion Jewelry Anatomic Heart

Cadmium

Voluntary withdrawal

 

Necklaces: Fashion ND E21033*3

Cadmium

Voluntary withdrawal