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Tell CPSC What You Think

One of the very positive hallmarks of the new leadership at the CPSC is a desire to hear from all interested stakeholders on how to more effectively push forward the agency’s safety mission. The agency has offered several opportunities for input, a… Read More
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CPSC: Closing the Books on 2016

This is a time for reflection.  Looking back on the past year, it really was not a great one for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  And, sadly, many of the agency’s problems were of its own making. While many of the initiatives that… Read More
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A Course Correction at the CPSC?

Wow! Last Tuesday was quite something! Throughout Washington, folks are now trying to figure out what the new Administration will mean for our country.  But so far I have not seen anything written about what the CPSC will look like going into 2017,… Read More
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CPSC: Let’s Play Penalty Roulette

Commissioner Mohorovic has just issued a thoughtful statement discussing the black hole that the Consumer Product Safety Commission calls its civil penalty policy.  This statement follows another he filed this week discussing the $4.5 million pena… Read More
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CPSC: Navigating an Unmarked Channel

Last week, Commissioners Buerkle and Mohorovic each issued a statement on a civil penalty settlement involving glass tumblers manufactured by Teavana.  Each is a thoughtful statement and both should be read by anyone interested in how the Consumer… Read More
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CPSC Issues Record $15.45 Million Civil Penalty

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Gree Electric Appliances Inc., of Zhuhai, China; Hong Kong Gree Electric Appliances Sales Co. Ltd., of Hong Kong; and Gree USA Sales Ltd., of City of Industry, Calif., has agreed… Read More
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The Leap Year Effect at the CPSC

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord Leap year occurs every four years when an additional day is added to the calendar—February 29.  This is a corrective measure to account for a lack of precision in the earth’s orbit around the sun.  Accordi… Read More
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Killer Coffee Mugs?! Really?!

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord Did anyone else notice CPSC’s recent recall of ceramic mugs?  The agency is concerned about 4400 mugs with hairline cracks.  The hazard is not that they could break and cut the user, or that there could be… Read More
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E-Warranty Act Changes Landscape for Consumer Product Warranties

Consumer Product manufacturers that offer warranties should take note of new options available to them under the E-Warranty Act of 2015 (S. 1359, 114th Cong. § 3 (2015)), signed into law by President Obama on September 24, 2015.  The new law amends… Read More
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“Hide No Harm” Channels Public’s Safety Concerns

Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee marked up legislation reauthorizing the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Why should a food company, a company that makes medical devices or a one that sells consumer products have this on its… Read More
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