April 21, 2001 |
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.
March 7, 2008 |
Moving to reverse decades of limited federal oversight, the Senate voted Thursday to make sweeping changes to the government's system of regulating toys, appliances and thousands of other household products. The 79-13 vote could lead to a major expansion of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and stiffer penalties for companies that manufacture or distribute hazardous products.
May 13, 2000 |
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled the president's plan Friday to toughen civil and criminal penalties for companies that fail to notify the government or consumers about potentially dangerous products. The legislation would upgrade willful criminal violations of product safety laws from misdemeanors to felonies and eliminate the $1.6-million cap on civil penalties. "With this legislation, the punishment will finally start to fit the crime," said Mrs.
January 7, 1992 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday called for a temporary halt to the sale and use of silicone gel breast implants while the agency evaluates recently obtained information that has raised new concerns about the safety of the controversial devices. "Physicians should cease using them and manufacturers should stop distributing them," FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler said at a press conference, adding: "The FDA cannot assure women of their safety at this time."
August 3, 1996 |
An Orange County Superior Court jury Friday denied a claim by a former Allergan Inc. employee that she was forced out after allegedly being pressured to hide concerns involving product safety from regulators.
February 2, 1990 |
A state appellate court has ruled that persons implanted with certain heart valves made by Shiley Inc.--a type with a history of life-threatening failures--may sue the manufacturer for fraud even though their valves have not malfunctioned. The 4th District Court of Appeal on Wednesday reversed the opinion of an Orange County Superior Court judge that Judy Khan of Roanoke, Va., had filed her grievances prematurely because the heart valve which she received in 1983 has not malfunctioned.
June 13, 2000 |
The nation's top three crayon manufacturers have agreed to reformulate their product to eliminate an ingredient that may contain asbestos or asbestos-like fibers, after Consumer Product Safety Commission tests found small amounts of the cancer-causing material in some crayons. The findings, to be announced formally today, were not considered serious enough to warrant a recall, commission officials said.
October 7, 1991 |
Concerned about gum disease, Gerald Dageford decided to try an anti-tartar toothpaste. Within days, his gums bled and his teeth ached. When he stopped using the toothpaste, his painful symptoms disappeared. Dentists say Dageford's problem isn't unusual. His dentist sees one patient a week with similar ailments. "We used to see more cases," said Torrance dentist Alan Jones. "But we've taken most of our patients off the toothpaste."
November 11, 1988 |
Two models of "Bultina" and "Redi-Match" disposable cigarette lighters are being recalled because they may flare up or could fail to extinguish, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday. The recall covers about 400,000 lighters, models 700LT and 701LT, sold since 1987.