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February 6, 2009 |
A federal consumer safety agency launched an investigation Thursday into this week's accidental death of an Orange County child caught in a washing machine. Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, said investigators will examine the front-loading washer to determine if the design poses a safety risk.
February 5, 2009 |
Clothing and toy manufacturers launched a fresh effort Wednesday aimed at postponing enforcement of a law set to take effect next week that forces items that may contain dangerous amounts of lead to be pulled from shelves. The manufacturers want to delay for at least six months the effective date of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, passed by Congress last year in response to a string of toy recalls.
January 31, 2009 |
Federal regulators on Friday postponed some testing requirements that would have forced many companies to pay ten of thousands of dollars to check children's products for lead content, giving manufacturers and retailers a one-year reprieve. The Consumer Product Safety Commission deferred the deadline, originally Feb. 10, by which manufacturers and importers of children's goods needed to test every item to ensure it didn't contain more than 600 parts per million of lead.
January 7, 2009 |
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has given preliminary approval to changes in new lead-testing rules after complaints that the measures could have forced thrift stores and sellers of handmade toys to dispose of merchandise or even go out of business. If formally adopted, the changes approved on a first vote Tuesday would grant exemptions to last year's Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which seeks to ensure that products for children do not contain dangerous amounts of lead.
December 23, 2008 |
There's no sign of an economic slowdown at Larry Mestyanek's toy factory in Compton. Whirring machines cut letters from the alphabet out of red, blue and yellow slabs of wood, making long rows of the letter E. Across the room, men with air filter masks sand toddler's chairs that are lined up in rows as if expecting a convention of miniature leaders. The machines are so loud it's hard to hear the rows of tiny wooden music boxes playing a disjointed lullaby.
November 20, 2008 |
Amid recurring Chinese product safety scares, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday opened an inspection office in Beijing that officials said would help China export safer products to America and the world. The new FDA field office, one of three to be opened in China, is the first outside the U.S. and comes during a nadir in U.S. consumer confidence in Chinese-made products after reports of counterfeit drugs, melamine-laced milk and toys covered in potentially lethal lead paint.
September 1, 2008 |
China's product quality and food safety agency came under pressure last year after Chinese businesses exported tainted pet food and lead-laden toys. Now it is under fire from domestic companies. In the last month, eight Chinese firms have filed lawsuits against the agency, accusing it of stifling competition by colluding with a business in which it had a financial stake. The lawsuits could test China's new anti-monopoly law, which took effect Aug. 1. Among its provisions, the law prohibits abuse of government administrative powers that restrain competition, thus opening up for legal challenges the commercial activities of government bodies and officials.
August 18, 2008 |
Two GROUPS of drugs were under the Food and Drug Administration spotlight last month. Both have been associated with rare but serious side effects, and both were candidates for a "black box" warning, the strongest the FDA issues short of taking a drug off the market. Although one was hit with this safety advisory, the other may have escaped. We look at these drugs and their different fates. Fluoroquinolones This class of powerful antibiotics had a black box warning added to its resume.
March 16, 2008 |
About 67,000 child car seats manufactured by Combi USA Inc. are being recalled because federal tests showed that they might separate from their bases in front-end collisions, the company said. Combi USA said it would offer free retrofit kits to consumers who contacted the company. "In the meantime, Combi recommends that consumers use the Combi Centre and Shuttle without the base until the retrofit kit is installed," the recall notice said. The recall involves Centre, Centre ARB and Shuttle seats (model Nos. 8065, 8074, 8086, 8087 and 8520)
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.