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  • Feds Will Regulate Christmas Lights

    05/05/2015 4:28:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/5/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a “substantial product hazard.”“The Consumer Product Safety Commission … is issuing a final rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection), as addressed in a voluntary standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”),” the final rule said.The ruling applies to a variety of Christmas decorations, including “stars, wreathes, candles without shades, light sculptures, blow-molded...
  • Bureaucrat Scrooge’s Seek to Wrap Christmas Season in Red Tape

    12/23/2014 7:18:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Justin Sykes
    Hide your Santa’s, hide your reindeer, and take down your wreaths …because big government is regulating everything! That’s right, the government is now turning all its nanny state hate towards the holiday season – and in a move that would make even the Grinch blush, President Obama’s bureaucracy is proposing new regulations on the use of traditional Christmas lights and other holiday decorations. This month the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) un-wrapped new proposed federal regulations that if enacted, would categorize certain Christmas lights and other “seasonal decorative lighting products” as posing a “substantial product hazard” to the public at...
  • Un-deck the halls? Regs target Christmas lights

    10/16/2014 5:40:59 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Christmas lights and other seasonal decorations are the target of new federal regulations as the holidays approach. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposed new requirements on Tuesday to prevent decorative lights from causing electrical fires and other dangers in homes around the country. The new rules would apply to everything from Christmas tree lights to the light sculptures and animated figures of Santa Claus and his reindeer that illuminate front yards across the country. Decorative lighting that does not meet new standards will be considered hazardous, the agency said. "Consumers can be seriously injured or killed by electrical shocks...
  • Government Destroys Buckyballs, Assaults the Mind

    12/14/2012 9:19:49 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 50 replies
    The Objective Standard ^ | 12/14/12 | Ari Armstrong
    It felt like Christmas had come early when I got my package of Buckyballs in the mail a few days ago. Buckyballs are small, super-strong spherical magnets made of the rare-earth metal Neodymium. A set of 216 Buckyballs fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Obviously Buckyballs are adult toys, and Maxfield and Oberton emphatically warns users not to give them to children, eat them, inhale them, or place them near objects (such as pacemakers) that are sensitive to magnets. However, for those who use Buckyballs with common sense and due care, they are reasonably safe—just like countless other...
  • Buckyballs toy company fights Nanny State: #SaveOurBalls

    07/30/2012 9:35:08 PM PDT · by RedCell · 46 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | 7/30/2012 | Twitchy Staff
    Buckyballs, the three-year-old innovative toy company that makes magnetic desk toys for adults, is in the fight of its life. The Obama administration’s Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed a lawsuit to stop the firm from selling its products and to issue a recall of its toys. Several retailers have yanked the magnets, despite the company’s clear warning that Buckyballs and Buckycubes are for adults — not children. Buckyballs executives have taken to social media and radio airwaves to save the company.
  • EDITORIAL: Leash law for lawyers--Congress takes aim at jackpot justice

    03/01/2011 4:38:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2011 | Editorial
    The Republican-led House of Representatives is fighting back against big-money plaintiffs’ attorneys who use campaign cash to control congressional Democrats. A provision in the budget continuing resolution would forbid government from spending funds to implement a new Consumer Product Safety Commission program. On March 11, the CPSC is set to launch a new online database publishing thousands of outside complaints about allegedly unsafe products. These attacks would be publicized before any investigation and without independent evidence that complaints are legitimate. It’s an open invitation for competitors or interest groups to destroy a product’s reputation - and sales - without proof....
  • EDITORIAL: The red tape stimulus--Safety bureaucrats need a lesson in economic reality

    08/16/2010 5:29:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 16, 2010 | Editorial
    The latest dictates from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will drive up the cost of manufacturing products intended for children. The agency adopted a pair of new rules in July and August implementing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, but as drafted, these regulations will force companies to waste time and money on redundant testing programs solely for the entertainment of bureaucratic busybodies. Anne Northup, one of the agency's five commissioners, has waged an often lonely fight in favor of common sense on this issue. She opposed the requirement for third-party testing of mattresses, carpets and other...
  • Move afoot in Congress to ban drop-side [baby] cribs

    05/23/2010 6:34:39 PM PDT · by upchuck · 63 replies · 1,282+ views
    Ass Press ^ | May 23, 2010 | Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer
    [Edited for excerpt] The baby crib, usually a safe haven for little ones, became a death trap for 6-month-old Bobby Cirigliano. The side rail on his drop-side crib slid off the tracks and trapped his head and neck between the mattress and the malfunctioning side rail. His face pressed against the mattress, the boy suffocated. Bobby was one of at least 32 infants and toddlers since 2000 who suffocated or were strangled in a drop-side crib, which has a side that moves up and down to allow parents to lift children from the cribs more easily than cribs with fixed...
  • Feds: Homes With Chinese Drywall Must Be Gutted

    04/02/2010 10:37:47 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 133 replies · 6,665+ views
    Associated Press via ABC News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Associated Press
    New federal guidelines say thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall won't be safe unless they are completely gutted. The Consumer Product Safety Commission released the guidelines Friday. They say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall must be removed. About 3,000 homeowners, mostly in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, have reported problems with the Chinese-made drywall. A large quantity of the drywall was imported during the housing boom and after a string of Gulf Coast hurricanes. It has been linked to corrosion of wiring, air conditioning units,...
  • Lead Prompts Libraries to Remove Some Children's Books

    08/18/2009 8:22:53 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 18 replies · 490+ views
    FictionAddiction.net ^ | August 18, 2009 | Fiction Addiction
    A federal law banning lead and other toxic substances in products for children 12 and under has raised new concerns. Some libraries have pulled children's books that were printed before 1986 because lead was used in printer's ink before then. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the chances of those books containing lead harmful to children is low. At least two libraries didn't want to take any chances and removed the books from their shelves. The Consumer Product Safety Commission interprets the new federal law to include books but hasn't weighed in on whether older books could cause...
  • AP Interview: Product safety chief warns industry

    07/21/2009 3:30:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 1,222+ views
    breitbart ^ | 7/21/09 | JENNIFER C. KERR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the nation's top safety officials is putting manufacturers on notice: Comply with new rules aimed at keeping children's products safe, or face the potential of big fines. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said Tuesday that her agency will get new enforcement tools next month—and she plans to use them in order to protect consumers, especially children.
  • Garage sales covered under new product safety laws

    05/26/2009 8:42:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies · 1,956+ views
    kansascity.com ^ | 5/26/2009 | SARA SHEPHERD
    Selling any used cribs or playpens at your upcoming garage sale? Children’s clothes with drawstrings or zippers? Pre-1985 books? Rubber duckies or pool floaties? Better check them twice. Just like megasize toy manufacturers and stores that sell products from China, the notoriously broad and confusing federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act applies to you and your front yard
  • Makers Are Pushing Back on Toxic-Toy Law

    03/05/2009 8:09:11 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies · 682+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 5, 2009 | Joseph Pereira
    Makers of children's products and charities that run second-hand shops are stuck with more than $1 billion of inventory they can't sell because of a new federal product-safety law, according to surveys by trade groups and the charities. The goods, which have -- or are suspected of having -- illegal levels of lead or plastic-softening chemicals called phthalates, include everything from beach balls to second-hand clothes to brand-new all-terrain vehicles for children. The goods -- piled up in warehouses and storerooms -- will have to be incinerated or dumped, resulting in write-offs and disposal costs that the suppliers say they...
  • DeMint Introduces Consumer Products Safety Reform Bill

    02/05/2009 2:50:42 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 912+ views
    Legislation will protect families, charities and small businesses from regulations and lawsuits that could kill thousands of jobs. Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) announced the introduction of a bill protect small businesses, charities and families by reforming the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Senator DeMint’s legislation would stop the most overreaching and burdensome aspects of CPSIA, slated to take effect February 10. Unless reformed, the new law will demand onerous testing for anything geared towards children age 12 and under. This mandate would fall on books, toys, clothing, hair bands, board games, sporting equipment, backpacks,...
  • New consumer law could threaten used clothing stores

    01/07/2009 10:54:31 AM PST · by Question Liberal Authority · 69 replies · 4,064+ views
    Syracuse, New York (WSYR-TV) - Families who depend on thrift stores and consignment shops for kid's clothing could lose that option in a few weeks. That’s because a new federal safety law is written so broadly, it could force these stores to stop selling kids clothes entirely. The new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act takes effect February 10. It requires any store to certify that clothing sold for children 12 and under is free of dye laced with lead or other chemicals. Beth green smith owns the golden hangers consignment store in western lights: “When you're talking about consignment, it's...
  • New safety rules for children's clothes have stores in a fit (Anti Lead Law)

    01/06/2009 9:37:15 AM PST · by Question Liberal Authority · 54 replies · 1,351+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan 2, 2009 | Alana Semuels
    Barring a reprieve, regulations set to take effect next month could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunkloads of children's clothing. The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger -- including clothing -- be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable. Those that haven't been tested will be considered hazardous, regardless of whether they actually contain lead. "They'll all have to go to the landfill," said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of...
  • second hand childrens clothes illegal?

    01/04/2009 6:02:37 AM PST · by Megben · 234 replies · 5,647+ views
    the simple dolloar ^ | 01/04/09 | megben
    Trent Hamm at thesimpledollar.com writes in his January 3 entry (excerpted) : "For those of you who haven’t heard the news yet, on February 10, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act comes into effect. One of the major changes that this program will bring into play is a mandate that everything sold for children 12 and younger will have to be tested for lead and phthalates, and anything that isn’t tested (or that fails) will be considered hazardous and cannot be sold. Read more about the CPSIA at the L.A. Times and some interesting blog commentary from the fashion...
  • Congress sends Bush bill banning lead in toys

    07/31/2008 9:20:24 PM PDT · by logician2u · 18 replies · 227+ views
    AP ^ | 7/31/2008 | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday passed and sent to the White House legislation that bans lead from children's toys and seeks to ensure that chemicals posing possible health problems will not end up on toys and articles that kids chew on and play with. The Senate, stymied by partisan differences over the energy crisis, put aside those differences momentarily to vote 89-3 for the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. The House passed the bill Wednesday by 424-1, a reflection of the national outcry over a rash of recalls last years of toys and children's products contaminated by lead...
  • Hobby Lobby Stores Recalls (plastic) Easter Egg ... Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

    03/24/2008 7:27:03 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 13 replies · 364+ views
    CPSC ^ | 3/21/08 | --
    March 21, 2008 In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., of Oklahoma City, Okla., is voluntarily recalling about 13,000 Camouflage Eggs and Spinning Egg Top Toys. The paint on the toys contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. Also: March 20, 2008 Toy Puzzle Vehicle Sets Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard; Sold Exclusively by QVC March 18, 2008 Galison/Mudpuppy Recalls Wire Bound Journals and Calendars Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard March 18, 2008 Reebok to Pay Record $1,000,000 Civil Penalty for Violation of Federal...
  • China exports lead poisoning

    06/12/2007 10:13:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 1,222+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 7, 2007 | WorldNetDaily
    WASHINGTON – In the wake of scandals involving tainted food and toothpaste from China comes word of a new concern from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as well as the Food and Drug Administration – toys, makeup, glazed pottery and other products that contain significant amounts of lead. While lead poisoning among children was once mainly caused by old paint, U.S. manufacturers long ago banned the ingredient. Today, a new rash of high lead levels in the bloodstreams of American kids is being caused by foreign products – mainly from China. So serious is the resurgence of lead poisoning...
  • How gov't decided lunch box lead levels

    02/18/2007 9:10:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 638+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Feb 19, 2007 | MARTHA MENDOZA
    AP National Writer In 2005, when government scientists tested 60 soft, vinyl lunch boxes, they found that one in five contained amounts of lead that medical experts consider unsafe — and several had more than 10 times hazardous levels. But that's not what they told the public. Instead, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a statement that they found "no instances of hazardous levels." And they refused to release their actual test results, citing regulations that protect manufacturers from having their information released to the public. That data was not made public until The Associated Press received a box of...
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission Moves to Ban Lead in Kids' Jewelry

    12/29/2006 11:52:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 374+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | December 28, 2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A government regulatory agency has taken steps toward banning children's jewelry containing small amounts of lead, which was responsible for more than a dozen product recalls in the past two years. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to move forward in a process that could ultimately lead to a ban on children's jewelry containing more than .06 percent lead by weight. The commission currently has two members and one vacancy. "Our goal is not to continue to do recall after recall," CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said. "We've had upwards of 14 recalls since 2004." The commission's action...
  • Sony to Initiate Global Replacement Program for Notebook Computer Battery Packs

    09/28/2006 8:15:23 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 240+ views
    Sony Press Release ^ | September 29, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan, Sept 28, 2006 - (JCN Newswire) - Sony Corporation will initiate a global replacement program for certain battery packs that utilize Sony-manufactured lithium ion cells used by notebook computer manufacturers in order to address concern related to recent over-heating incidents. Sony always strives to deliver the highest level of satisfaction to its customers and all consumers. We believe that this program is in the best interest of both our customers and all consumers. Sony is discussing this plan with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and will coordinate with other government authorities as required. We will announce...
  • With Injuries Up, Feds Eye Fireworks Laws

    07/03/2006 11:59:22 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 78 replies · 1,241+ views
    http://www.comcast.net ^ | 7 4 06 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    WASHINGTON - On the eve of the nation's noisiest holiday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission responded to growing fireworks injuries by quietly reopening the question of how it should police explosives for backyard entertainment. Without a public meeting, the three commissioners voted unanimously by ballot late Friday to begin a study of whether to tighten their regulation of fireworks, commission spokesman Scott Wolfson announced Monday. Their notice seeking public comment will appear soon in the Federal Register. The notice cited a disturbing increase in injuries and a decrease in compliance with safety regulations as reasons for the first major review...
  • Target Announces Recall of Women’s Boots

    02/21/2005 10:48:09 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 36 replies · 899+ views
    Name of product: Merona Women’s Sidezip “ENA” Style Boots Units: About 135,000 Importer: Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn. Hazard: The heel on the boot can detach from the sole while in use, causing the consumer to fall. Incidents/Injuries: Target has received 19 complaints of the heels breaking off, including one report of a sprained ankle. Description: The Merona Women’s sidezip boot comes in black or brown with a three-inch heel in sizes 5 1/2 through 11. The style numbers included in this recall are 096-10-1180 through 1190 for the black boots and 096- 10-1200 through 1210 for the brown boots....
  • Paintball injuries triple from '97 to '00

    01/05/2004 9:43:39 PM PST · by freedom44 · 13 replies · 266+ views
    Az Central ^ | 1/5/04 | Az Central
    <p>Injuries to adults and children playing paintball have tripled in recent years, including eye damage causing lasting vision loss, a study found.</p> <p>From 1997 to 2000, paintball-related injuries nationwide climbed from 926 to 2,780, with up to a third occurring in children younger than 15, according to the study, which analyzed injury data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.</p>
  • Government warns paintball gun users while it investigates two deaths

    03/26/2004 8:08:35 AM PST · by archy · 33 replies · 973+ views
    the Union-Tribune [San Diego] ^ | March 24, 2004 | Associated Press
    Government warns paintball gun users while it investigates two deaths ASSOCIATED PRESS 11:14 a.m. March 24, 2004 WASHINGTON – The government issued sharp warnings on Wednesday to paintball gun users, announcing new safety measures while investigations continue into two deaths caused by canisters flying off the guns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said both deaths occurred after brass valves unscrewed from the pressurized carbon dioxide canisters on the guns, which turned the canisters into projectiles. In June 2003, a 15-year-old boy from Washington state died after the canister he was removing struck him in the head, the commission said. In...
  • Guns vs. Teddy Bears

    01/13/2004 8:44:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 296+ views
    NRO ^ | January 13, 2004 | Tim Wheeler & Dave Kopel
    There's no competition when it comes to regulation. Should unelected officials be allowed to order the confiscation of some or all guns and ammunition in the United States? This is the question posed by Sen. Jon Corzine (D., N.J.) and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D., R.I.), in their proposed Firearms Safety and Consumer Protection Act. As one might suspect, the bill is about neither firearm safety nor consumer protection, but is an especially clever stratagem by the gun-prohibition lobby. The Kennedy-Corzine bill would give the Treasury Department and the courts nearly unlimited powers to restrict firearms manufacture and sales, and to...
  • A Red Ryder Christmas

    12/01/2003 7:33:21 AM PST · by presidio9 · 69 replies · 2,678+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, November 28, 2003 | REVIEW & OUTLOOK
    <p>We bear glad tidings for the Ralphie Parkers of America on this, the official opening day of the Christmas shopping season: Santa may yet come through with that genuine Red Ryder BB-gun. Even if it will come covered in warning labels instead of wrapping paper.</p>
  • CPSC, Segway LLC Announce Voluntary Recall to Upgrade Software on Segway™ Human Transporters

    09/26/2003 11:40:09 AM PDT · by justlurking · 4 replies · 450+ views
    CPSC ^ | 9/26/2003
    Recall Alert U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207 September 26, 2003 CPSC, Segway LLC Announce Voluntary Recall to Upgrade Software on Segway™ Human Transporters The following product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Name of Product: Segway Human Transporter (HT) Units: Approximately 6,000 Manufacturer: Segway LLC of Manchester, New Hampshire Hazard: Under certain operating conditions, particularly when the batteries are near the end of charge, some Segway HTs may not deliver enough power, allowing the rider to fall. This can happen if the rider speeds up...
  • Gov't Recalls All Segway Scooters

    09/26/2003 11:38:14 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 12 replies · 344+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/26/03 | Jonathan D. Salant
    Gov't Recalls All Segway ScootersThe one-person, battery-powered Segway scooter was first unveiled in December 2001. (Courtesy Segway) By Jonathan D. Salant Associated Press Writer Friday, September 26, 2003; 1:14 PM The maker of the Segway Human Transporter has agreed to recall the motorized scooters because riders have been injured falling off when its batteries are low. The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall Friday, saying that three people had been injured. One suffered a head wound and needed stitches. The recall involves about 6,000 of the single-rider, two-wheeled scooters that can travel up to 12 mph. The scooter uses...