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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

Nearing a Tipping Point on a Mandatory Furniture Tip-Over Standard?

Currently, furniture makers and retailers may opt to comply with voluntary stability and tip-over standards established by the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)...more

Marc Schoem, CPSC’s Longtime Deputy Director of Compliance, Retiring After 40 Years at CPSC; Becoming New ICPHSO Head

The consumer product safety community is a tight knit one and no one is better known or influential in the community than Marc Schoem. Marc has spent much of his 40 years at the CPSC as a key player in the Office of...more

CPSC Snapshot: CPSC Multimillion Dollar Penalty With a Twist

Earlier this month, the CPSC announced an agreement to yet another multi-million dollar settlement. However, in an unusual course of conduct, the CSPC agreed to suspend all but $200,000 of the penalty based on the company’s...more

CPSC Suspends Over 90% of $3.5 Million Civil Penalty Due to Company’s Inability to Pay; phil&teds USA to Pay $200,000

At the very beginning of this year, we wrote that we expected the CPSC to remain active in bringing enforcement actions against companies for violations of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). About one month later, CPSC...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: Should Repair Programs Be Called Recalls?

Welcome to the August edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. This past month, the CPSC announced the offering of free repair kits for children’s and adult chests and dressers. Interestingly, the CPSC did not...more

Are “Personal Flamethrowers” Under the Jurisdiction of the CPSC?

Yes. You read that correctly. Two US companies are selling personal flamethrowers to the public. Once grisly weapons of war, the flamethrowers are now being marketed for more practical purposes such as clearing brush and...more

CPSC Will Launch Electronic Filing System Pilot Program for Imported Products

Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a pilot program to test an electronic filing system that will require importers to submit data electronically for imported consumer products. The filing system...more

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls DaVinci Brand Cribs

Is your baby’s crib safe for use? Every year, products intended for children are recalled because of potential hazards. In many cases, numerous child injuries occur before a dangerous product is removed from store shelves....more

Consumer Product Safety Commission Approves Test Program: Electronic Filing of Certificates of Compliance

This week the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to approve a test program to assess the electronic filing of certificates of compliance at entry in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. With the idea...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

Does CPSC or FDA Have Jurisdiction Over Your Consumer Product?

As our readers know, we write about legal developments that affect companies involved in manufacturing, importing, distributing, and/or selling “consumer products.” In many cases, these products fall squarely within the...more

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

California Bill Would Complicate Labeling Requirements for Children’s Products

California state law bill SB 763 has stayed relatively under the radar since its introduction in February 2015. However, with recent traction in the state legislature – including passage in the Senate in June and passage in...more

CPSC Snapshot – New Safety Standard for Decorative Lights

A new safety rule for seasonal and decorative lights went into effect on June 3, 2015. Under the new rule, the CPSC is able to more readily stop shipments of nonconforming decorative lights at U.S. ports on entry and obtain...more

Swim Safety Tips: Pool Accident Prevention & Liability

School's out, temperatures are more or less climbing, and many are headed to the pool for some summer fun or just to seek relief from the heat. But did you know that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports...more

CPSC Could Be Coming Around On A Litigation Strategy

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission continues to escalate its enforcement efforts. Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the CPSC, filed suit against Spectrum Brands Inc. See United States v. Spectrum...more

What is CPSC’s Fast Track Recall Program and When Should Companies Utilize It?

So what is the CPSC’s “fast track recall” program and what is the benefit of participating in it? What is a “stop sale notice” and why does the CPSC generally request it for fast track recalls? What else is required by the...more

Product Recall Trends in 2015

What are the latest trends on product recalls in the United States? Consumer Products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has been proactive in recent years with consumer product regulations and recalls,...more

Recall, Enforce, Repeat! CPSC and DOJ Team Up for Another Enforcement Action

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) continues to escalate its enforcement efforts. Last week, the United States Department of Justice, on behalf of CPSC, filed suit against Spectrum Brands, Inc....more

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

Summertime Safety: Rollercoasters, Bounce Houses and Other Dangers

Amusement parks are supposed to be amusing – filled with family fun and a great place for older teens to meet up with friends without hovering parents. Unfortunately, they are not always what they are supposed to be, and...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

Be Careful What You Wish For!

This oft-stated warning is certainly true for those who engage in international trade. For many years, industry has complained to government about different agencies wanting different information at different times in the...more

Settlement for Late Product Defect Reporting

Black & Decker Agrees to Pay $1.6 Million Penalty - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Department of Justice recently agreed to a $1.58 million settlement from Black & Decker surrounding...more

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