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Shifting CPSC Recall Landscape? Agency Announces Major “Repair Program” that is not Labeled a “Recall”

Yesterday the CPSC and major furniture company IKEA jointly announced a “repair program” to address the serious and complex hazard of furniture tip over posed by 27 million chests and dressers sold by the company. The repair...more

7/24/2015 - Corrective Actions CPSC IKEA Product Recalls Repairs Safety Precautions

Toy Safety Regulation Should Be Left To The Federal Government

On June 2, 2015, the Suffolk County Legislature became the latest county legislature in New York to pass a “toxic-free toys” act. About a week later, the New York City Council got in on the action and introduced a similar...more

6/26/2015 - Children's Toys Consumer Product Safety Commission Toxic Exposure

CPSC Files Suit for Second Time in Three Months against a Company for Alleged Failure to Timely Report Defective Product

On Wednesday of last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that a complaint has been filed in federal court against Spectrum Brands, Inc. (Spectrum). Notably, this is...more

6/23/2015 - Civil Monetary Penalty Consumer Product Safety Act Corporate Counsel CPSC Product Defects Product Recalls Reporting Requirements Spectrum

Albany County’s “Safe Toys” Legislation on Hold Pending Court Proceeding

Earlier this year, we wrote about a far-reaching product safety ordinance enacted into law in Albany County, NY (the “County”) entitled “The Toxic Free Toys Act.” At the time, we expressed our concern that numerous issues...more

6/8/2015 - Child Safety Children's Toys Consumer Product Safety Act Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act FHSA Preemption

Tenth Circuit Lifts Stay on CPSC’s Magnets Rule

As we wrote about earlier this month, on April 1, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (“Tenth Circuit”) temporarily stayed the effective date of “the enforcement and effect” of the CPSC’s safety standard for...more

5/6/2015 - CPSC Manufacturers Motion To Stay Product Recalls Zen Magnets

CPSC & DOJ Sue Michaels Stores for Failing to Report Product Safety Hazard and Filing Misleading Information

For the first time in recent memory, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) jointly announced the filing of a lawsuit in federal court for the imposition of a civil penalty and...more

4/27/2015 - Civil Monetary Penalty CPSA CPSC DOJ Enforcement Actions Michaels Retailers

Tenth Circuit Stays April 1 Effective Date of CPSC’s Magnets Safety Rule

Over the past year, we have blogged about the CPSC’s rulemaking process to regulate high-powered magnet sets via a safety standard as well as the administrative complaints brought by the agency to force multiple companies...more

4/7/2015 - Appeals CPSC Magnet Set Rule Zen Magnets

New Product Safety Bills Address Child-Resistant Packaging for E-Cigarettes and Detergent Pods

Last year, we wrote about legislative efforts on Capitol Hill to require the CPSC to implement a rule requiring childproof packaging for liquid nicotine containers. Liquid nicotine typically refills the vials for...more

2/24/2015 - CPSC E-Cigarettes FDA Product Packaging Tobacco Regulations

Nationwide Should be Applauded for Pro-Safety Super Bowl Ad

Last Sunday, during the Super Bowl, Nationwide Insurance ran a controversial commercial entitled “Make Safe Happen.” The advertisement features a young child experiencing memorable moments growing up. However, viewers are...more

2/6/2015

Albany County, NY Enacts Stringent Children’s Product Safety Law

Do local governments, such as town councils and county legislatures, have a role in regulating consumer products that is typically reserved for the federal and state governments? Apparently, the legislature and executive of...more

1/22/2015 - Children's Products Jurisdiction Local Ordinance New Legislation

New Year Brings CPSC Civil Penalty for Axe Manufacturer

On January 5, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Gerber Legendary Blades, a division of Fiskars Brands Inc., has agreed to pay a $2.6 million civil penalty to resolve charges that it...more

1/13/2015 - Civil Monetary Penalty CPSC DOJ Fiskars Manufacturers Manufacturing Defects

Cloture Filed on Adler Nomination; Burgess Named Subcommittee Chairman

Yesterday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture on the re-nomination of Robert Adler to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If cloture is invoked—meaning three-fifths...more

11/24/2014 - Cloture Congressional Nominations Legislative Committees

CPSC Focusing on Three Areas for Reduction of CPSIA Testing Burdens

At their April Senate confirmation hearing, both incoming CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joe Mohorovic pledged to Senator John Thune (R-SD) to submit plans for reducing third party testing burdens within 60 days...more

11/20/2014 - Confirmation Proceedings CPSC Testing & Certification Rule Third-Party

CPSC Announces Largest Civil Penalty to Date for Alleged Failure to Timely Report

On October 28, 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Baja Inc., and its corporate affiliate, One World Technologies Inc., of Anderson, S.C., agreed to pay a $4.3 million civil penalty to...more

11/6/2014 - Civil Monetary Penalty Consumer Product Safety Act CPSC Importers Manufacturers Manufacturing Defects Retailers

GAO Releases Report on CPSC Response to New and Emerging Hazards

On October 14, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report entitled “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks.” The report analyzes the timeliness...more

10/22/2014 - CPSC GAO Safety Precautions

CPSC Clarifies Changes to Monthly Recall Report Form

In May, we advised readers conducting recalls that the CPSC’s new monthly “recall progress report” form may catch you by surprise. Among other changes, the form included new provisions requesting companies to report recall...more

10/14/2014 - Auction CPSC Facebook NAM Notice Requirements Product Recalls Social Media Trade Associations Twitter

Product Safety Update from Capitol Hill (Part Three)

Earlier this year, we began a series of blog entries to update our readers on legislative efforts on Capitol Hill that affect stakeholders within the product safety arena. Over the summer, we updated you on an amendment to...more

10/2/2014 - CPSC Legislative Agendas Proposed Legislation

CPSC Gets it Right: Unanimously Regulates High-Powered Magnet Sets Through New Safety Standard

We do not typically take positions on product specific issues pending before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), but the CPSC’s new safety standard for magnet sets demonstrates both why the agency exists and...more

9/26/2014 - CPSC Hazardous Substances Rare Earth Metals

CPSC Magnets Trial in December? Zen Magnets Throws Down the Gauntlet; Vows to “Fight Until the End”

Two years ago, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took the uncommon step of filing administrative complaints against multiple rare-earth magnet companies who refused to voluntarily recall magnetic adult desk...more

8/8/2014 - Children's Products Children's Toys CPSC Zen Magnets

Product Safety Update from Capitol Hill (Part Two)

Earlier this year, we began a series of blog entries to update our readers on legislative efforts on Capitol Hill that affect stakeholders within the product safety arena....more

4/16/2014 - Carbon Monixide Exposure Hazardous Substances Safety Precautions

CPSC Announces Forman Mills Civil Penalty and Compliance Program

For the first time in nearly a year, a unanimous U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that a company will pay a hefty civil penalty and enact a strict compliance program to resolve allegations regarding...more

4/10/2014 - Civil Monetary Penalty Compliance CPSC Discount Retailers

Senate Bill Would Expand Current Phthalates Prohibitions

Earlier this year, we blogged about Senator Kirstin Gillibrand’s (D-NY) announcement that she planned to introduce legislation expanding the scope of Section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”). That...more

3/26/2014 - Chemicals Children's Products CPSIA

The Fitbit Recall: Is a “One Size Fits All” Approach the Most Effective Way to Remedy Potential Hazards?

Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a voluntary recall notice for the popular wireless, activity-tracking wristband Fitbit Force. Fitbit’s wristband allows consumers to monitor and measure...more

3/21/2014 - CPSC Fitbit Product Recalls

California Names First Consumer Products for Green Chemistry “Priority Products” List

Recently, we have informed our readers of product safety legislative and regulatory initiatives, including green chemistry programs, driven at the state level. One of these important state regulatory initiatives is...more

3/18/2014 - Chemicals Children's Products Green Chemistry

Toy Companies Sued for Importing Defective Products

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed suit in federal court against four California companies and six individuals for importing products that violate the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (“FHSA”) and the...more

3/7/2014 - Chemicals Children's Toys CPSA CPSC DOJ FHSA Hazardous Substances Toy Recalls

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