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Rubber Ducks, Teethers and More: A Guide to Current and Proposed Regulations of Phthalates in Children's Products

Phthalates are chemicals that provide flexibility and durability to a variety of products. They have historically been used in children's toys, particularly those made of flexible plastics. Phthalates soften plastics,...more

Co-sleeping Safely: A Guide to the Current Regulations of Infant Bedside Sleepers

The bedside sleeper, also called a "co-sleeper" or "co-sleeping bassinet," provides a baby and parent their own sleeping experiences while still enabling the parent to be in close proximity to the baby. This product is most...more

The First Baby Bed: A Guide to Current and Proposed Regulations of Bassinets

Have you ever wondered which type of children's product has the longest history? As far as children's sleeping products are concerned, the bassinet is probably the most time-honored staple. Iron baby beds were developed in...more

The Modern Play Pen: A Guide to the Current and Proposed Regulations of Play Yards

On May 12, 1998, 16-month-old Danny Keysar died after his portable crib, also known as a play yard, collapsed while he was napping at his licensed childcare facility in Chicago. When the play yard collapsed, Danny's neck had...more

Children's Products: Safety Regulations Governing Rattles and Magnet Sets

Through the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and other federal statutes, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has promulgated regulations governing the manufacture and sale of children's products in...more

CPSC Makes the Right Move: Eliminates Need to Certify Compliance with Flammability Standards for “Inherently Safe” Adult Clothing

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is giving some manufacturers and importers of adult clothing a break: eliminating the requirement that they issue certificates of compliance for fabrics that have already been...more

CPSC Public Database: A 2011 Change to the Procedure for Filing Materially Inaccurate Information Claims that Can Easily be...

President Obama signed Public Law 112-28 (“PL 112-28”) into law on August 12, 2011. PL 112-28 amended numerous provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”). One such amendment made a notable change to...more

2016 Emerging Issues in the Children's Products Industry

Many emerging issues impacting children's products and the juvenile products industry are anticipated this year. We may see new regulations promulgated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission), the...more

Children's Products: A Discussion of the Regulations Governing Lead Content

Lead poisoning in children has been found to cause adverse health effects ranging from hyperactivity to developmental delays, blindness and even death. See 16 C.F.R. § 1303.5. Even minimally elevated blood lead levels in...more

Children's Products: An Analysis of Small Parts Regulation and Choking Hazards

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), through the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and other federal regulations, has established specific requirements for the manufacture and sale of all children's...more

What is a Children's Product?

Children's products are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC" or the "Commission") through the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act ("CPSIA") and other federal statutes. But what is a "children's...more

CPSC Unveils “Regulatory Robot” Designed to Offer Glimpse of Possible Regulatory and Statutory Obligations

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) introduced its “Regulatory Robot” this month. Touted as a web-based tool to help manufacturers and importers, particularly small businesses, identify the various CPSC rules and...more

How Safe Are Your Children’s Toys?

The United States has come a long way in protecting children from unsafe toys and other children’s products. The 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act has definitely has reduced the number of recalls on children’s...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot

Earlier this month, the CPSC’s Office of the General Counsel sent the CPSC a proposal for a safety standard for highchairs under the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product...more

Children's Products and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008: A Synopsis of the Rules and Regulations Governing Toy...

Children's products, including toys, are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) through the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Certain sections of CPSIA focus on children's toys....more

CPSC Major ‘Repair Program’ Is Not Labeled A ‘Recall’

On July 22, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 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...more

Office Depot Agrees to Pay $3.4 Million CPSC Civil Penalty

On May 27th, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that Office Depot agreed to pay a $3.4 million civil penalty for allegedly failing to report potential safety issues for two models of office chairs....more

CPSC Civil Penalty Trend Continues

At the end of last year, we reported that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued $12.2 million in civil penalties in 2014, more than double the amount issued in 2013. The number of companies fined increased as...more

CPSC Penalties to Increase Beyond “Cost of Doing Business”

At the end of last year, we reported that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued $12.2 million in civil penalties in 2014, more than double the amount issued in 2013. The number of companies fined increased as...more

CPSC Proposes Additional Phthalate Restrictions

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing to make more stringent a federal prohibition on phthalates in many children’s products....more

Looking to Litigate in Secret? Fourth Circuit Creates Hurdles for Product Manufacturers

In April, the Fourth Circuit ruled in Company Doe v. Public Citizen that a manufacturer could not hide behind a veil of secrecy even after successfully enjoining the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from publishing...more

CPSC Receives Full Funding Request for 2014

Although the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) authorized a budget of $136.4 million for CPSC in fiscal year 2014, Congress set the CPSC’s authorization levels years before the recent budget climate took...more

CPSC Stakeholders Recognize Five Year Anniversary of CPSIA

This month marks the five year anniversary of the enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 into law. Commonly referred to as the “CPSIA,” the law has had a dramatic impact over the past five years on...more

States Consider Legislative Proposals Regulating Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products

There is high and growing concern among the general public regarding adverse health effects from exposures to toxic chemicals in consumer products, especially from exposures to children. These concerns initially came to a...more

New Consumer Product Safety Rules for Testing and Certification of Children's Products

On February 8, 2013, new requirements pertaining to product testing and certification for children’s products go into effect. These rules include, among other things, the following requirements...more

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