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Mar 18 2019

Product Safety Letter will not appear March 25, 2019, due to its schedule of 48 issues per year. The next issue, Vol. 48, No. 12, will be April 1, 2019.


Mar 18 2019

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Commissioners March 13 could not agree on CPSC's FY2020 budget request to Congress.


Mar 18 2019

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Commissioners voted 5-0 to announce a May 1 hearing on CPSC's fiscal 2020 and 2021 agenda and priorities.


Mar 18 2019

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) March 14 continued its push to change that nation's consumer laws on selling unsafe products.


Mar 18 2019

Subscriber-Only Story

Lumber Liquidators agreed to pay $33 million to settle securities fraud allegations related to how it handled worries about the safety of its flooring.


Mar 18 2019

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An ASTM F15.42 working group March 8 did some final, pre-ballot work on nightstand exclusions from stability tests in the F2057 standard on clothing storage units (CSUs).


Mar 18 2019

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Helping retailers, especially online, to understand and follow last year's revisions to the WCMA A100 standard on window covering got much attention March 12.


Mar 18 2019

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Health Canada got 9,017 product reports in the five years of 2013-2017, according to data it made available March 8.


Mar 18 2019

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) March 13 said it will redirect enforcement of liquid nicotine to focus more on risks to youths.


Mar 18 2019

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The European Parliament March 12 came to a provisional agreement with the member states on whistleblower protections.


Mar 18 2019

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Health Canada March 11 made available reports on enforcement projects in six product areas.


Mar 18 2019

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) March 13 said an EU-wide surveillance began.


Mar 18 2019

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Briefs on CPSC data, personal care, makeup, tattoo ink, data security, CDRH, button batteries, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


Mar 11 2019

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The House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee sought answers in 15 areas from CPSC.


Mar 11 2019

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CPSC March 6 prominently promoted SaferProducts.gov as a research tool by placing a graphic and link in the scrolling highlights atop its homepage.


Mar 11 2019

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CPSC estimated there were about 61,400 injuries in 2017 among children under 5 years old and linked to nursery products.


Mar 11 2019

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More than a quarter (26%) of the estimated 93,800 ATV injuries in 2017 involved youth under 16 years old, according to CPSC data issued March 1.


Mar 11 2019

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An ASTM F15.68 task group on baby monitor cords March 5 decided to change how it is approaching accessible loops in a subclass of the products.


Mar 11 2019

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) March 4 reiterated its opposition to treating non-polymeric, additive organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs) as one product class.


Mar 11 2019

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Unneeded flammability testing of spandex in fabrics was a top concern that the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) told to Commissioner Peter Feldman March 4.


Mar 11 2019

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FDA March 5 said it is looking at cosmetics safety, especially of children's makeup.


Mar 11 2019

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Target Australia and Baby Bunting paid respective penalties of AU$37,800 and AU$25,200 related to convertible tricycle/strollers.


Mar 11 2019

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A February 26 guidance from the EC's Internal Markets division gives advice on classifying musical instruments, including consideration of the Toy Safety Directive.


Mar 11 2019

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A surrogate seatbelt retractor showed promise in evaluating vehicle booster seats, a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded.


Mar 11 2019

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Briefs on liquid nicotine, Japan, REACH, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


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The House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee sought answers in 15 areas from CPSC.


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ASTM February 19 began the process of moving towards an F15 standard for high-powered, separable magnets not sold as toys.


Free Story

CPSC February 12 released a recall app for mobile devices.


Subscriber-Only Story

CPSC's absence from the recall scene meant that some companies took such actions without the agency.


Free Story

Expect a separate, early report on the Internet of Thing (IoT) prior to the one being worked on by CPSC staff.


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Owners of BOB jogging strollers will have to participate in an instructional program and then categorized their abilities before being eligible for replacement parts or other offerings under a settlement agreement between CPSC and Britax.


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Handling the Internet of Things (IoT) across a diversity of products was a main theme of discussion November 14 between CPSC staff and UL representatives.


Free Story

Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic October 18 announced his resignation effective close of business Friday, October 20.


Free Story

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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Product Safety Daily will not appear March 20-25.

It will return March 26.

 

 

GENERAL INTEREST

 

Here’s How the Trade War Could Lead to a Boom in Counterfeit Goods

CNBC (New York, N.Y.)

As the trade war between the U.S. and China has continued to heat up, Chinese nationals potentially could turn to a surprising way around tariffs: increasing the number of counterfeit goods, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

Inspections of Buckyballs to Be Mandatory

Taipei Times (Taipei, Taiwan)

“Buckyballs” — magnetic balls sold as toys — are to be subject to mandatory inspections starting on Oct. 1, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said, after the introduction of warning labels in 2012 failed to prevent cases of children swallowing the magnets.

 

What a Strange Case of Scientific Déjà Vu Showed Us about the Dangers of Plastics

Massive Science (New York, N.Y.)

Plastic is everywhere: water bottles, dental sealant, the odd floating trash island.

 

 

BEAUTY, COSMETICS & PERSONAL CARE

 

J&J Takes Another Hit in Fight Against Asbestos Claims

Barron’s (New York, N.Y.)

Johnson & Johnson’s baby-powder problems continued as a California jury decided the company must pay $29 million to a woman who claimed the company’s talcum powder-based products gave her cancer.

 

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $29 Million Verdict in California Talc Cancer Case

New York Times (New York, N.Y.)

Johnson & Johnson’s shares dipped on Thursday after a jury in California ordered the company to pay more than $29 million to a woman who claimed that asbestos in its talc-based powder products had caused her cancer.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

The Stunning Truth about Asbestos Use in the U.S.

PBS Newshour (Washington, D.C.)

Asbestos is no longer ubiquitous in building materials, and since it's proven to cause cancer, many Americans likely assumed the substance had been banned entirely.

 

 

FURNITURE

 

Frightening Story Proves You Need to Anchor All Your Furniture to Your Walls

Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Conn.)

We've all heard the horror stories of furniture being recalled after it falls and injures children.

 

 

JUVENILE PRODUCTS & CHILDCARE ITEMS

 

Mum Calls for Warning Labels after Baby Breaks Collarbone When Portable Chair Breaks

Stuff (Auckland, New Zealand)

A newborn baby broke his collarbone after part of a portable chair he was being carried in snapped and he was jolted when it hit the floor.

 

How to Safely Use a High Chair

Lifefhacker (New York, N.Y.)

The high chair can seem like the perfect spot to confine your baby or toddler while you’re eating a meal or trying to get some dinner prepped in the kitchen.

 

 

SPORTS, FITNESS & RECREATION

 

Fewer Boys Are Suffering Head Injuries, But Rate Rises for Girls

HealthDay (Melville, N.Y.)

There's good news and bad news from a new study of children visiting U.S. emergency departments for head injuries: The rate of these potentially serious events has fallen among boys, but risen for girls.