CPSC Down to Three Commissioners; New Commissioner Nominated


With the retirement of Commissioner Nord last month at the end of her term...
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What is a "Serious Injury?"


The Product Safety Blog not only publishes commentary on current issues...
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Proposed Voluntary Recall Notice Guidance


The CPSC staff recently proposed to the Commissioners at an open hearing on September 25 that the CPSC adopt formal guidance on the content of voluntary recall notices.  The proposal is significant for several reasons, not the least of which is “Why?” There is no legal mandate for the new guidance, although the staff noted supporting language in the House Committee report for the CPSIA in 2008.  New Commissioner (and former congressional member) Buerkle pointed out that there are usually ...
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Save That "No Further Action" Letter


After a recall has run its course, or after a manufacturer has convinced CPSC...
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What About All Those Fires?


The CPSC recently released its 2009-2011 Residential Fire Loss Estimates in which it “presents estimate of consumer product-related fire losses that occurred in residential structure fires.”  Based on statistical databases maintained by the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association, the report estimates that there were over 350,000 unintentional structure fires, over 2,210 deaths, over 12,000 injuries and more than $6 billion damages for each year from 2009 throu...
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"Likely" to Occur: Do Numbers Matter in Sec. 15 Reports?


At times, finding the true meaning in the CPSC guidelines is like parsing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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Comments on Proposed Compliance Certificate Rulemaking


In a previous post, we discussed some of the problems with the CPSC‘s proposed changes to its existing rules on Certificates of Compliance.  Formal comments have now been filed, including materials that we led the effort in preparing for the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”).  As we explained to the Commission in NAM‘s comments, the proposed rules are excessively complex and in some cases conflict with the requirements in the Consumer Product Safety Act.  The proposed rule...
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Depreciated Value Refunds


The announcement of a recall by Sears of dehumidifiers raised a few eyebrows among CPSC-watchers due to its unusual remedy.
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Warnings: How Much is Too Much?


A recent article in the New York Times described the warning provided on some football helmets...
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Quality and Safety


I recently had the opportunity to assist the government of Abu Dhabi in planning and moderating several sessions of an international meeting on the importance of high quality standards in manufacturing to the advancement of economic development.  The Abu Dhabi Quality Forum was significant not only because an oil-rich Middle Eastern country is aggressively improving its manufacturing capability, but is also anticipating the need for a sustainable post-oil economy.  Abu Dhabi is not interested ...
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