Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsConsumer Product Safety Commission
IN THE NEWS

Consumer Product Safety Commission

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
April 21, 2001 | From the Washington Post
The White House announcement this week that President Bush plans to nominate Mary Sheila Gall to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission signals a radical shift in the government's oversight of consumer products--from an agency recently known for its regulatory reach to one more likely to be characterized by its regulatory restraint.
ARTICLES BY DATE
BUSINESS
December 27, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Four major national retailers - Amazon.com, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby and Diapers.com - are voluntarily recalling more than 150,000 Nap Nanny baby recliners after reports of at least five infant deaths. At the request of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the companies said they were calling back Nap Nanny Generations One and Two, as well as the Chill model of the recliner. The products, according to the government agency, "contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.
Advertisement
BUSINESS
January 21, 2010 | By Andrea Chang
About 1.5 million strollers sold at major retailers including Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Target are being recalled after several children had their fingertips cut off, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday. The strollers, manufactured by Graco Children's Products Inc., have hinges on the canopy that can pose a laceration hazard when being opened or closed. Graco said it received reports that five children had their fingertips severed and two had fingertip cuts.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2011 | David Lazarus
President Obama has a lot on his plate right now. Here's one more thing. A vacancy will soon open on the five-member Consumer Product Safety Commission, which oversees the safety of more than 15,000 types of products, from highchairs to power tools. If left unfilled, the commission could be deadlocked on important policy decisions as the remaining two Democratic and two Republican members vote along ideological lines, as has happened numerous times in the past. "We've dealt with a deadlocked commission before," said Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Congress Watch, a division of the advocacy group Public Citizen.
NEWS
December 21, 1985 | United Press International
The Senate, unable to agree on the nomination of Terrence Scanlon to direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission, voted on Friday to delay action on the appointment until next year.
BUSINESS
April 15, 1997
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Campbell-based OddzOn Products Inc. is recalling about 5,000 children's swimming vests manufactured in 1996 and sold under the "Starfish" brand name.
NEWS
July 16, 1986
The Senate voted to confirm Terrence M. Scanlon as head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, acting more than a year and a half after he was nominated by President Reagan. Action on Scanlon was delayed while the General Accounting Office and then the Justice Department investigated allegations that he had misused his office as a member of the commission.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
About 122,000 Rock N Ride plush rocker toys, manufactured in China by Tek Nek Toys International, were recalled because the rocking base can be unstable, according to the Texas-based company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. For more information, call (888) 686-2728.
BUSINESS
August 8, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Evenflo Recalls Infant Pacifiers: Evenflo Product Co. is recalling all of its infant pacifiers decorated with images of Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse because of a choking hazard, federal regulators said. In some instances, the characters can separate from the pacifier and pose the danger of choking, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2011 | David Lazarus
What is it about consumer protection that Republican lawmakers don't like? Is it that they want to see their constituents fleeced and flimflammed by businesses? Is it that they don't care? Or is it something as craven as carrying water for corporate interests simply because that's where the money is? Whatever the reason, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee has approved a spending bill that not only slashes the budget of the Consumer Product Safety Commission but also cuts off all funding for a recently launched database of product-safety complaints.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2010 | David Lazarus
The Consumer Product Safety Commission approved creation of a database for consumer complaints, ending two years of wrangling with manufacturers and business groups over the project. Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on Wednesday to get the database up and running by March on the website SaferProducts.gov. The database will allow consumers to submit reports of harm or potential harm caused by a wide variety of products. After commission officials review each report, manufacturers will be given 10 days to respond to or challenge the submission.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Beginning in March, consumers will for the first time be able to check a government database that will compile safety complaints about a wide array of products such as toys and electrical appliances. The public database, approved Wednesday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is almost unprecedented for a government agency. Companies will be given a brief period to block complaints that are untrue or involve confidential information, but the database appears likely to become the massive equivalent of the Internet bulletin boards on which consumers can post personal safety reviews of products.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2010 | By Ellen Gabler
Federal regulators said on Tuesday that they will back voluntary standards set by the private sector to determine a safe level for cadmium, a known carcinogen, in children's jewelry. Officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have said for months that the agency was working on new cadmium standards to address concerns about the heavy metal in consumer products, including children's jewelry. On Tuesday, safety commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum announced that the agency simply would provide new scientific research on cadmium to ASTM International in hopes that the standard-setting organization will use it to set limits for cadmium in children's jewelry and toys.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2010 | By Shan Li
After 153 infant deaths in the last four years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission moved Wednesday to ban drop-side cribs, jumpstarting the agency's biggest overhaul of baby bed regulations in almost three decades. "There have been improvements in voluntary standards over the years," commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said. "But this will be mandatory federal law." The commissioners voted 5 to 0 for stricter safety standards for mattress supports and a ban on drop-side cribs.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2010 | By Nirvi Shah
Hoping a public outing will force Chinese drywall manufacturers to take responsibility for their products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has published a list of brands that emit the most sulfuric gas compounds. For more than a year, the agency has been investigating problems with drywall imported from China. Hydrogen sulfide released from some brands of Chinese-made wallboard is the cause of corrosion in appliances, air conditioning coils and other metals, triggering about 3,300 complaints to the federal government.
NEWS
September 5, 1985 | Associated Press
Carol G. Dawson is being nominated as a member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the White House announced Wednesday. She was appointed to fill a vacancy on the commission in 1984, so the action amounts to a reappointment by President Reagan.
NEWS
August 30, 1986 | Associated Press
Come Play Products Co. of Worcester, Mass., is recalling about 100,000 toy brooms because of lead paint on the broom handles, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Friday. Lead can be poisonous, officials said. The wooden-handled brooms have been sold nationwide since 1960 at about $2.50 each.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2010 | By Clement Tan
The chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a stern warning Wednesday of a crackdown on defective baby cribs, promising new federal safety standards this year. "Now is the time to create a state-of-the-art crib standard and not let special interests hijack the process," said Inez Tenenbaum at the annual meeting of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization in Washington. "I say no more to the tired tactic of blaming parents in the press when CPSC announces a recall that involves a death," she said.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2010 | By Andrea Chang
About 1.5 million strollers sold at major retailers including Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Target are being recalled after several children had their fingertips cut off, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday. The strollers, manufactured by Graco Children's Products Inc., have hinges on the canopy that can pose a laceration hazard when being opened or closed. Graco said it received reports that five children had their fingertips severed and two had fingertip cuts.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|