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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 48 articles

Federal regulators intercepting more dangerous product imports at port

Federal regulations governing the safety of foreign-made products help keep U.S. consumers safe, but the fact remains that a number of dangerous and sub-standard products continue to find their way onto retail shelves and into consumers’ homes nationwide. In response to this continuing problem, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it has stepped up regulatory efforts and interventions at several major U.S. ports of entry. CPSC staff have been working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to screen several thousands of product shipments entering the country. For example, the combined efforts of staff trained to ... Read More

As temperatures rise, so do pool safety concerns

Swimming pools and spas are ideal for both soaking up the sun and cooling down on hot summer days, and with summer just around the corner, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission is urging parents and chaperones of young children to keep safety in the front of their minds when heading to the local pool. The reminder is more important now than ever before because this year has already been a deadly one for children in swimming pools, and the summer season hasn’t even started in most of the country. The CPSC says that there have been 75 drownings and ... Read More

U.S. issues new recommendations for dealing with toxic Chinese drywall

The U.S. government has revised its list of recommended measures to take when dealing with “problem drywall,” which it estimates to be installed in tens of thousands of homes throughout the United States. Thousands of homeowners who purchased homes built from 2005 to 2008, mostly in Florida and other parts of the Southeast, have complained of noxious fumes emitting from their walls, rendering their homes unlivable and unsellable. The problem has been linked to drywall imported from China, which contains a high percentage of sulfuric compounds harvested from industrial waste. The drywall releases hydrogen sulfide gas, which causes a range ... Read More

Snowblower injuries peak in post-blizzard Northeast

The number of snowblower injuries has soared in some hospitals after a Christmas blizzard left some parts of the Northeast buried under 2 feet of snow, a Hackensack, New Jersey, paper reported. According to The Record, a dozen North New Jersey residents were treated in hospital emergency rooms this week with hand injuries ranging from minor lacerations to finger amputation. Snow removal can be tedious work, even with the assistance of a snowblower. Removing large volumes of wet, heavy snow can cause the exit chute to become clogged on some snowblower models. The machines contain powerful blades that suck the ... Read More

CPSC mandates new crib safety standards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted unanimously to implement new mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs, effective June 2011. These new standards are mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Federal crib standards had not previously been updated in nearly 30 years. The new rules are expected to “usher in a safer generation of cribs,” according to a CPSC news release. Already, on Dec. 15, the CPSC voted unanimously to ban the manufacture and sale of drop-side cribs in the United States. These new safety standards enhance that decision. In addition ... Read More

Consumer database for reporting product safety to launch March 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that a publicly available consumer product safety information database will be officially launched in March 2011. The site will be a part of the SaferProducts.gov website. The CPSC approved by a vote of 3-2 the rules that will establish how the agency will work with consumers and manufacturers or private labelers to process and post incident reports to the database. The database was a requirement of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, and will allow consumers to go online to SaferProducts.gov and file a report about any incidents with unsafe ... Read More

government pushes pool industry to step up safety awareness

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that it formed a “strategic partnership” with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) in an effort to drive down the number of swimming pool-related deaths and injuries that occur every year, especially to children. The CPSC announced the partnership at the International Pool, Spa, & Patio Expo in Las Vegas. According to Kathleen Reilly, CPSC’s Pool Safely campaign director, the purpose of the alliance is to develop and implement a public safety campaign that it hopes will keep children away from faultily installed or defective drain covers and raise awareness of ... Read More

Like US, EU fights rising tide of dangerous Chinese-made products

RAPEX, the European Union’s rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products (excluding food, pharmaceutical, and medical devices), released its annual report of the most dangerous products flooding the European market, and Chinese-made products top the list. Although this isn’t the first time made-in-China has dominated RAPEX reports, the findings indicate the problem is growing in Europe as rapidly as it is in the United States. It’s no secret that products manufactured in China consistently pose more dangers to consumers than domestically manufactured goods. Poisonous lead paint in children’s toys, toxic cadmium in jewelry, lethal melamine in pet food and baby ... Read More

Parents fight to turn tragic losses into tougher pool safety laws

Two mothers who watched their young children die after becoming trapped in the powerful suction at the bottom of a pool are now fighting to prevent tougher pool safety regulations from being further undermined by the swimming pool industry. Karen Cohn of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Nancy Baker of Thomaston, Maine, have joined forces to fight what they say are the pool lobby’s efforts to weaken the advances in pool safety. A 2007 federal law named for Baker’s 7-year-old daughter Virginia Graeme Baker, who died in 2002 after becoming entrapped in a hot tub’s intake suction, required anti-entrapment devices in public ... Read More

CPSC names Chinese companies responsible for toxic drywall

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has identified the manufacturers of the Chinese drywall that thousands of homeowners say has ruined their homes and their health. Enough toxic drywall to build 30,000 homes entered U.S. ports from China during the post-Katrina building boom of 2006 and 2007. People in as many as 18 states claim that the drywall has sickened them with a slew of respiratory problems while corroding their homes’ electrical wiring, air conditioning units, and other household systems. The CPSC collected samples from homes affected by the toxic drywall and submitted them to the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley ... Read More