Archive for the ‘CPSA, CPSIA, CPSEA’ Category

New Play Yard Safety Standards – What Does it Mean?

New Play Yard Safety Standards

New safety standards for play yards, also called travel yards or playpens, go into effect today, February 28, 2013. We have received a number of questions about what these new standards mean for consumers and for those who intended to give away or sell their used play yards. In this post, we summarize the new [...]

Key Events Leading the CPSC to Sue the Makers of Nap Nanny: UPDATE

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UPDATE 06/14/2013: Official Recall Announced.  ALL Nap Nanny products have been officially recalled. It is now illegal under federal law for any person to sell, offer for sale, manufacture, distribute in commerce, or import into the United States any model of the Nap Nanny or Chill recliner or the covers. UPDATE 12/27/2012:  At the CPSC’s [...]

Joint Statement: The First North America Product Safety Summit

This statement is currently being read and discussed live here: http://www.cpsc.gov/webcast/ The PDF can be found here: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11333.pdf Because some consumers have trouble opening PDFs in their browsers, we have reprinted the statement below. Joint Statement:  The First North America Product Safety Summit September 27, 2011 Bethesda, Maryland The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health [...]

Crib Recalls FAQs, Crib Recall List

crib recalls

New safety standards for cribs went into effect on June 28, 2011. In addition to a ban on the traditional drop-side, there are new requirements for stronger slats, hardware and mattress supports, as well as new rules for more rigorous testing.  We previously wrote about what to do if you own a drop-side crib that [...]

My drop-side crib has NOT been recalled. Is it safe?

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07/11/2011 Editor’s Note: This post was written in response to questions specifically regarding drop-sides. However, the CPSC has asked that we add a note to emphasize that the new standards, which went into effect on June 28, 2011, cover several improved safety features, beyond just the ban on traditional drop-sides. The new standards also include [...]

Getting Closer to Finalized Crib Standards – Start Getting Ready Now

Getting Closer to Finalized Crib Standards – Start Getting Ready Now

After nearly two years of discussion and research, today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published notice of proposed rule-making to officially adopt American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for cribs. Once the standards are in effect, it will be unlawful to sell, lease or otherwise provide a crib for use that does not meet the standards. In other words, the new standards will apply not only to manufactures, importers, distributors and retailers of cribs, but also to businesses that use cribs such as childcare facilities and hotels. Both new and used cribs are included, so secondhand stores, and garage salers for that matter, are also unable to sell non-compliant cribs, whether or not they have been recalled.

Laws, Regulations and Standards – What’s the Difference?

Laws, Regulations and Standards – What’s the Difference?

The difference between laws and regulations are sometimes misunderstood, and for good reason. It is not exactly intuitive. In this post we will do our best to break down the legal layers and show how they apply to consumer product safety.

Another Consumer Product Safety Act – Better or Worse?

Another Consumer Product Safety Act – Better or Worse?

What is the CPSEA and how is it different from the CPSIA? This summary explains the main points of the new bill.

CPSC Postpones Testing and Certification Requirements for Some

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently voted to extend the stay of enforcement of certification and testing requirements for certain children’s products.  The stay is extended differently depending upon how the CPSC viewed the ability to comply and whether the CPSC is still in the process of issuing requirements and rules.  For some children’s [...]

CPSC Approved Interim Enforcement Policy for Component Testing

According to Chairman Inez Tenenbaum’s December 17 statement, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) “voted unanimously to approve an interim enforcement policy that allows component testing as a basis to demonstrate compliance with the new lead paint and lead content limits” to help solve the certification issues around the new lead limits, especially for small [...]

CPSC Civil Penalties on the Rise Again

CPSC Civil Penalties on the Rise Again

In a recent Inform Me: News and Recent Recalls newsletter, we reported that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) entered civil penalty settlement agreements with 38 corporations for a total of $9.8 million in fiscal year 2009 (October 2008 – September 2009). The number of companies fined was higher than it has been in at [...]

To Prevent More Deaths, CPSC Will Create Rules for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles

To Prevent More Deaths, CPSC Will Create Rules for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles

In October, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to address safety hazards associated with recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).  Comments are due by December 28, 2009. What, exactly, is an ROV?  The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), a not-for-profit organization sponsored by ROV makers, including [...]

WeMakeItSafer is Prepared for New Tracking Label Laws

WeMakeItSafer is Prepared for New Tracking Label Laws

By the end of August, consumers should start to see some changes on the children’s products they buy.   Products intended for children aged twelve and under that are manufactured on or after August 14, 2009 will be required to include permanent markings on both the packaging and the item itself.  The markings will include information [...]

A Summary of Requirements and Exceptions for Tracking Labels, CPSIA Section 103a

Earlier this week, the CPSC published policy guidance that sides with Moore. Permanent tracking labels will be required on all products primarily intended for children aged 12 and under, as well as the products’ packaging, beginning August 14, 2009.
Here is a summary of the requirements and exceptions as the law is interpreted by the CPSC:

Does the CPSC Intend to Enforce the CPSIA Lead Limits on Children’s Products or Not?

Those who read this blog regularly, know that I generally post the facts with little added commentary.  However, a few of the Commissioners’ statements with regard to their votes on whether to exclude crystal and glass beads from lead limits left me quite confused over the stand the CPSC is taking, and will take, with [...]