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Yo-yo water ball issue could ignite petition

Yo-yo water ball issue could ignite petition CPSC, not normally known for shrinking back from recalling a potentially dangerous toy, surprised some last month when it issued a mild statement alerting consumers to the possible hazards of the yo-yo water ball toy. Some 11-15 million of the toys were distributed, selling for between $1 and […]

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No consensus on upholstered furniture flammability standard

No consensus on upholstered furniture flammability standard Earlier predictions that the furniture industry and CPSC were about to agree on a draft upholstered furniture standard may have been premature. At a meeting between the two groups at CPSC Headquarters in Bethesda, MD on March 1, industry representatives sought to persuade CPSC staff to amend testing […]

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Product safety circle stirs debate

Product safety circle stirs debate – Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Ann Brown’s initiative The Product Safety Circle will host its first Expo and Conference Carol Dawson CPSC Chairman Ann Brown’s initiative, The Product Safety Circle (PSC), will host its first Expo and Conference on June 26, 2001. Brown hailed the effort last October as […]

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BIC lighters loses lawsuit in Texas case

BIC lighters loses lawsuit in Texas case Unsupervised child fire play resulted in severe burns to a six-year-old girl in 1998. A jury recently awarded the child $5 million in damages in a lawsuit against BIC, the alleged maker of the lighter involved. (18) In the incident, Brittany Carter, then six, was playing with her […]

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CPSC Staff Proposes ANPR on Portable Bed Rails

CPSC Staff Proposes ANPR on Portable Bed Rails – Consumer Product Safety Commission Having regulated cribs and bunk beds, CPSC has recently mined its attention to devices known as Portable Bed Rails. These products are sold for installation on an adult bed to keep children sleeping on that bed from falling out. CPSC staff has […]

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Bush to nominate Mary Gall as CPSC Chair; Hillary Clinton attacks Gall’s record

Bush to nominate Mary Gall as CPSC Chair; Hillary Clinton attacks Gall’s record Carol Dawson As expected, President Bush has announced his “intent to nominate” Commissioner Mary Sheila Gall as the next chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Commissioner Gall has served at the Commission since 1991, receiving her first appointment from […]

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Senate Committee postpones Gall’s confirmation hearing; new date not set

Senate Committee postpones Gall’s confirmation hearing; new date not set – nomination of Commissioner Mary Gall to be chair of Consumer Product Safety Commission Carol Dawson The Senate Commerce Committee has postponed the confirmation hearing on the President’s nomination of Commissioner Mary Gall to be chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The […]

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Becky Bailey, a career staffer at CPSC, has been named Acting Director of Public Affairs

Becky Bailey, a career staffer at CPSC, has been named Acting Director of Public Affairs – Briefly Noted … Becky Bailey, a career staffer at CPSC, has been named Acting Director of Public Affairs. Chairman Stratton says he is still looking for a new non-career director. COPYRIGHT 2002 Consumer Alert COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group

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Baby bath seats on the docket again

Baby bath seats on the docket again A CPSC staff briefing package released May 8 recommends that the Commission issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) on baby bath seats. This time the issue is NOT a ban. The commission dealt with that issue earlier and decided the products were not so hazardous as to […]

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Finally, CPSC denies petition to ban phthalates

Finally, CPSC denies petition to ban phthalates – United States. Consumer Product Safety Commission Nearly five years of research by CPSC, countless studies, convening of a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel and the conduct of a mouthing behavior study have finally been concluded. The Commission voted by ballot on Feb. 21 to deny a petition by […]