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U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION 18 articles

Kawasaki penalized for alleged failure to report defective ROVs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a $5.2 million civil penalty imposed on the motorcycle manufacturer, Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA of Foothill Ranch, California, its parent company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., of Japan and its manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, for failing to report defective products immediately to the agency, which heightened the potential danger for other consumers. After receiving more than 400 reports between April 2012 and July 2014 that Kawasaki’s Teryx4 750 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) floorboards cracked or broke “during normal operation due to impact with, or penetration by, debris from outside the vehicle,” the company ... Read More

Federal court holds Chinese drywall companies in contempt for ignoring U.S. litigation

China’s state-owned drywall manufacturers have abandoned litigation in the U.S. involving thousands of American homeowners who sued the companies over allegedly toxic and corrosive drywall they claim has damaged their homes and their health. In addition to not responding to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a Louisiana federal court, Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. and other gypsum manufacturers owned by the Chinese government’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission ignored a $2.7 million default judgment against them in 2010. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon held Taishan in civil and criminal contempt on July 17 for its refusal to appear in court to ... Read More

Safety regulators announce two children’s product recalls for risk of injury and death

Two products manufactured for babies and toddlers are being recalled because they pose a potential risk of injury and death, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced. Federal safety regulators advise consumers to stop using Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers with serial number 90564 made by Kids II. The stationary seat is attached to the middle of a raised platform on which a number of toys are attached. According to the CPSC, the yellow sun toy attached to the seat frame on a flexible frame can snap backward and injure the child sitting in the jumper or anyone ... Read More

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission gains two new commissioners

Two new commissioners have been appointed to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the agency reported. The additional commissioners bring the total number of CPSC commissioners to five, including Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum. “I extend a very warm welcome to Marietta Robinson and Ann Marie Buerkle to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,” said Chairman Tenenbaum. “Both Ms. Robinson and Ms. Buerkle have extensive legal and public policy experience and will be an asset to the Commission. I look forward to working with them.” Ms. Robinson has 35 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants ad handling complex litigation as a ... Read More

Texas roller coaster death rekindles debate on amusement ride safety regulations

ARLINGTON, Texas — Officials from a German roller coaster manufacturing company are traveling to Arlington, Texas, to inspect the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas amusement park after a woman was killed when she was tossed off the ride Friday evening. Tobias Lindnar, a project manager at Gerstlauer Amusement Rides in Munsterhausen, Germany, told the Dallas Morning News by phone that he is certain the death is not the result of a defective safety bar, which some witnesses said failed to restrain the passenger, identified as Rosa Ayala-Goana, 52. Mr. Lindnar said the Texas Giant is one ... Read More

Safety regulators try to force recall of small, powerful magnets

Federal safety regulators have filed an administrative complaint against Colorado-based Zen Magnets in an effort to force the company to cease making and selling its signature product — small, powerful magnets that regulators say can injure and kill children who use them improperly. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which usually works cooperatively with companies in pulling potentially dangerous products from the market, took the rare, aggressive measure after discussions with Zen Magnets to voluntarily withdraw the product from the market failed. The company makes powerful little magnets that can be formed into shapes. Although Zen Magnets markets the ... Read More

Hamilton Beach toasters recalled for fire hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Hamilton Beach Brands Inc., is recalling about 14,000 Hamiton Beach classic chrome 2-slice toasters. The manufacturer reports the toaster heating element may become energized when the toaster is plugged in, despite the toast lifter being in an up, or off, position. This could potentially pose a fire hazard. ... Read More

Infants continue to suffer serious head injuries connected to Bumbo baby seats

Despite a voluntary recall of baby seats manufactured by Bumbo International, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission continues to receive reports of babies suffering serious head injuries in connection to the product. The initial recall, issued October 25, 2007, was related to at least 45 incidents in which infants fell out of a Bumbo seat while it was being used on an elevated surface. However, the CPSC continues to receive injury reports even for Bumbo seats used on the floor and at unknown elevations. ... Read More

Big Lots recalls glider recliners after two children are trapped by moving parts

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Big Lots of Columbus, Ohio, has announced a voluntary recall of the Microfiber Glider Recliners with Ottomans and Leather Glider Recliners with Ottomans. An exposed gap between the moving parts of the chair and the base framework can allow access to toddlers an infants, allowing them to become trapped in the chair. ... Read More