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President Trump Nominates Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle as Permanent Chairman of the CPSC

Today, President Donald Trump officially announced his intent to nominate Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle to be the permanent Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Her new seven year term will begin on...more

Popular ATVs Going Up in Flames

by Howard Ankin on

Popular all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) manufactured by Polaris Industries are putting riders at risk for serious injuries and even death. Although the company has recently issued a...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot - Annual Report

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Welcome to the July edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Last month, the CPSC released its 2016 Annual Report. The Annual Report was divided among five key strategies: (1) hazard identification and...more

The Fiery Risks of Fourth of July Fireworks

by Howard Ankin on

When Fourth of July fireworks don’t explode where and when they are supposed to, they can cause serious injuries, property damage, and even death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2015 was one of the most...more

CPSC Requests Feedback to Reduce Compliance Burdens

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Have ideas to lighten the load for complying with consumer product safety regulations? The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC” or “Commission”) wants to hear about them. The Commission has asked for comments and...more

Significant Changes to Consumer Product Safety Commission Expected Under New Administration

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) is an independent federal agency that administers the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 2051-2089, and has authority to seek civil penalties for alleged...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: The New Norm in Civil Penalties and Fidget Spinners in the Crosshairs

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Welcome to the June edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Earlier this month, the CPSC announced a $5.2 million civil penalty against a recreational vehicle manufacturer for alleged “failure to report...more

CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle Emphasizes Collaboration, Balance, and Education

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Acting Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) Ann Marie Buerkle highlighted her priorities and recent noteworthy developments in a recent newsletter. She emphasized her desire to collaborate with...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot - Tensions Rise on Mandatory Standards

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Welcome to the May edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. In late April, the CPSC voted 3-2 to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) “to address the risk of blade-contact injuries on table saws.”...more

What Parents Need to Know About the Spike in Child Product Safety Recalls

A recent report published by Kids in Danger (KID), a non-profit group dedicated to protecting child safety through recalls, indicates that child product safety recalls rose in 2016 over the previous year, peaking to its...more

Crib Bumpers: The Current Regulatory Picture

by Stinson Leonard Street on

When it comes to a baby's room, many parents find that matching is a must. One type of "matching" item that many consumers purchase is a pad that lines the interior of a crib, known as a crib bumper. Indeed, crib bumpers are...more

Hoverboard Fire - A Tragedy that Should Not Have Happened

Tragedy recently struck a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania family when a fire caused by a recharging hoverboard consumed their home, killing a 3-year-old girl, injuring several others and almost bringing the structure to the ground....more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: April 2017

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Welcome to the April edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. In March, the CPSC approved a new federal standard for infant bathtubs. The CPSC stated that the new standard, which incorporates the most ...more

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Hoverboard Suspected in Fatal Fire

by Wilson Elser on

Since our last blog post on lithium-ion batteries, there has been a report that a self-balancing scooter, known as a hoverboard, is the suspected cause for a March 10, 2017, fatal fire that occurred in Harrisburg,...more

Recalls: What Information Should Be On Your Social Media Forums?

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

With the increased number of recalls, there is a hot button issue facing manufacturers and retailers: going forward, should your company implement a practice that includes announcing all recalls on its Facebook, Twitter, and...more

CPSC to Consider New Magnet Set Safety Standards Following 10th Circuit Decision in Zen Magnets

We have entered the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (“CPSC”) regulation of high-powered, small, rare earth magnet sets (“SREMS”). On March 1, 2017, CPSC met and unanimously...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: March 2017

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Welcome to the March edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. This past month, Republican Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle was named acting chairman of the CPSC. Buerkle was confirmed as a...more

[Webinar] Keeping Up with the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Update on Recent CPSC Developments - March 29th, 12:00pm EST

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

With the complexity of today’s product safety regulatory environment and the civil penalty amounts for failure to report safety hazards, it is more important than ever for manufacturers and retailers to identify and resolve...more

A Changing of the Guard: Same Enforcement Trend under New CPSC Leadership?

Republican Ann Marie Buerkle was named Acting Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on February 9, 2017, replacing former Chairman and Democrat Elliott Kaye. This transition has many wondering whether the...more

Lithium-Ion Battery Failures: Suggestions For Product Manufacturers to Mitigate Liability Risk

by K&L Gates LLP on

Originally published in Bloomberg Law, vol. 45, no. 10 - March 6th, 2017. Highly publicized incidents involving lithium-ion battery fires have necessitated large-scale and costly recalls, or highly publicized...more

Keurig Settlement An Expensive Reminder About Product Defect Reporting Obligations

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced a $5.8 million agreement with Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. settling claims that Keurig failed to report a product defect that posed an unreasonable...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: February 2017

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Welcome to the February edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. This month, CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye announced that the CPSC will not follow President Trump’s Executive Order requiring two regulations be ...more

Chairman Kaye Steps Down as CPSC Chair; Republican Buerkle Assumes Role of Acting Chair

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Late Wednesday evening, Democrat Elliot Kaye resigned as chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Republican Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle has assumed the position of Acting Chair until a new chair is appointed by...more

CPSC Begins Transition: Ann Marie Buerkle is Now the Acting Chairman of the Agency

February 9th, 2017, it was announced internally at the CPSC that Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle has become the Acting Chairman of the agency. The CPSC has not yet released a statement concerning the transition of the...more

Weathering the Freeze: The CPSC's Response to the White House's New Regulatory Restrictions

by Stinson Leonard Street on

We have heard much over the last few weeks about the new executive orders issued by the White House at the outset of the Trump Administration. One order that is not garnering as much attention as others, but could have a...more

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