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AUGUST 13, 2012
VOLUME 41   ISSUE 33

 

PREMIUM CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER
Product Safety Letter will not have an August 20, 2012 edition due to its schedule of 50 issues per year. The next issue, Vol. 41, No. 34, will be dated August 27, 2012.


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CPSC staff August 9 briefed commissioners on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to require individual magnets to have a flux index of less than 50 if they are in sets with magnets that fit in the small-parts cylinder.


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CPSC members voted 3-1 August 6 to file a second administrative complaint seeking a recall of loose, rare earth magnets, this one against Zen Magnets.


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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should reevaluate limits for radio frequency (RF) energy exposure from mobile phones, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) urged August 7.


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Fires associated with clothes dryers are linked annually to five deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss, according to August 7 data from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).


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CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum August 9 unveiled the agency’s new logo, which can include a QR Code.


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DG Sanco’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) is searching for experts in electromagnetic fields (EMF) to allow for a comprehensive reassessment of the health and safety risks posed by this technology.


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CPSC staff members August 28 provided the inventor of a child-resistant power receptacle cover with education on getting safety product accepted by the marketplace.


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CPSC staff will be visiting trampoline parks to assess how they operate, according to a log of a July meeting between the agency and the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP).


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The California Bureau of Electronic & Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings & Thermal Insulation in late July released draft Technical Bulletin 117-2012 proposing an updated standard designed to “produce upholstered furniture which is safer from the hazards associated with smoldering ignition” and includes three test methods.


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Briefs on CPSIA, regulatory reform, flame retardants, electronic devices, football helmets, juvenile products, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, pajamas, patio furniture, batteries, infant swings, phthalates.


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Briefs on baby baths, bath seats, home playground equipment, ducted heat recovery ventilation, electric valves, gas heating equipment, generator assemblies, key locks, lighting products, optical isolators, refrigerant recovery, wiring systems, air conditioners, converters/inverters.


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Briefs on baby walkers, recalls, hair dyes, fragrances, teeth whiteners, social responsibility, mobile phones, toys, bunk beds, mattress foundations, ovens, heaters, DVD players.