Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

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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 Product Recalls: Identifying Reportable Defects

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC" or the "Commission") is the regulatory agency responsible for protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. Pursuant...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: Year in Review

Welcome to the Alston & Bird 2015 CPSC Recall Snapshot Year in Review. 2015 saw a significant increase in activity at the CPSC. Although the number and product-type for recalls in 2015 were substantially similar to...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 Launches “Regulatory Robot”

Businesses face a daunting task when attempting to comply with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) reporting requirements. In an effort to simplify and streamline the process for consumer products providers,...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

CPSC Launches New Portal to Guide Companies through Regulatory Maze

Has your business experienced difficulty identifying on the CPSC’s website which product safety regulations are potentially applicable to your products? In an effort to better guide industry, particularly new product makers...more

Hoverboards Under Attack

Multiple UK retailers have asked customers to throw out their hoverboards, the self-balancing scooters that have clambered onto holiday wish lists this season, due to suspected safety issues with the devices. The retailers...more

Congress Erects Hurdle for CPSC’s Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Rulemaking in 2016 Omnibus Bill

The $1.1 trillion 2016 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last week includes many legislative provisions, often called policy “riders,” that will affect a wide array of issues...more

Review of the “Watchdogs” Most Dangerous Toys of 2015

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) is constantly testing and analyzing consumer products, including toys, to ensure safety standards are met. Although not armed with the CPSC’s power to recall products, other...more

The Future of Hoverboards: Federal Safety Standards or Voluntary Safety Standards?

Over recent weeks, national media outlets have reported extensively on multiple claims from consumers that hoverboards—self-balancing scooters growing immensely in popularity, particularly over the holiday period—have caught...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: CPSC Goes International

Welcome to the December edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. In November, the CPSC, Health Canada and Mexico’s Consumer Protection Federal Agency (PROFECO) held their Third North America Consumer Product...more

Selling Hoverboards This Holiday Season? Tips To Stay Off The CPSC’s Naughty List

Hoverboards have skyrocketed as a top gift this holiday season, dominating retail shelves and website banners. Many manufacturers make the products, at a range of price points. If your company is selling these Segway-esque...more

Must Playground Equipment & Surfaces Comply with CPSC Lead Limits for Children’s Products?

Over the past few months, numerous national media outlets have published stories about the potential health risks of a material commonly used on playground surfaces—crumb rubber. Crumb rubber is a granule material typically...more

Over 1 Million Bicycles Recalled Over Safety Defect

Personal injury attorneys discuss recent recall of more than one million bicycles nationwide. It is important for consumers to heed recalls to prevent accidents and injuries....more

Laminate Flooring and Chinese Drywall: Where Are We Now?

On March 1, 2015, television news magazine “60 Minutes” aired a report concluding that Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators contained and “off-gassed” formaldehyde at levels exceeding health and...more

Be Halloween-Safe This Year by Avoiding Fire Hazards

Halloween is in the air, and for all the fun it brings – candy, costumes, parties and pumpkins – it also brings a bit of danger, the kind of which is not found in haunted houses or horror movies. The danger is found in...more

How safe is your child’s Halloween costume?

Halloween is a time for fun and frivolity. It’s a time when parents and children let their hair down and live out their fantasies for a night. While it can be a truly enjoyable holiday, few people realize that their worst...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

Wrapping Paper Series Updates

2015 - The Price of Customer Loyalty: Rewards Programs and Sales and Use Tax Issues - 09.21.2015 - Retailers and other businesses use loyalty and rewards programs to draw in customers throughout the year. However,...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

CPSC & DOJ Stop Two Companies from Future Importation of Children’s Products with Far-Reaching Consent Decrees

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”)—at the behest of the CPSC—filed suit in California federal court against two companies and three individuals for importing products that violate the Federal Hazardous...more

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