Consumer Product Safety Commission News

Safety Inspections of Thrill Rides Vary by State

In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that hurl kids upside down, whirl them around or send them shooting down slides are checked out by state inspectors before customers climb on. But in other places, they are not …

State Regulation Limited for Kansas Water Park

The huge Kansas City, Kan., waterslide on which a 10-year-old boy died was built in a state known for its light regulation of amusement park rides, and the company lobbied legislators to help ensure that it remained responsible for its …

Are Storm Shutters Unsafe?

Esther Mibab felt nervous in her home in The Acreage in West Pam Beach, Florida. So nervous that she kept her accordion-style hurricane shutters closed, even in the off-season. Closed and locked. From the outside. Authorities say that cost her …

Identity of Secret ‘Company Doe’ in Product Liability Case Revealed

Company Doe is a secret no more. Ergobaby, a company that makes and sells baby carriers, acknowledged last Thursday it is the firm known as “Company Doe” in a lawsuit against the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The company sued over …

Obama Product Safety Chief Tenenbaum Returns to South Carolina

After four years in Washington as the nation’s products safety czar, Inez Tenenbaum is coming home to the Columbia area, her life changed in ways large and small. “Now I’m always giving advice unsolicited to my friends and nieces and …

New Safety Standards Approved for Child Play Yards

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved new federal mandatory safety standards for children’s play yards. The requirements will include latches and locks that keep the play yard from folding on a child when it’s in use and minimum height …

Kitchen Appliances Rank No. 1 in Product Safety Complaints

From dishwashers that spark and flame to ovens that turn on spontaneously, kitchen appliances are the top source of complaints in the government’s year-old product safety database. One-third of the more than 6,500 reports filed to SaferProducts.gov in the past …

Federal Product Safety Database Faces First Legal Challenge

Praised by consumer advocates and denounced by manufacturers, a new federal database for safety complaints about everything from baby gear to household appliances is facing its first legal challenge. A motion has been filed in federal district court in Maryland …

Toymaker to Pay $1.1 Million Over Recalled Toy Dart Gun

Toymaker Henry Gordy International Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1.1 million over a dart gun set linked to three deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said last Friday. Its Auto Fire Target Sets were …

Federal Agency Alters Public Pool Safety Rule

Thousands of public pools in cities and towns nationwide will be taking a fresh look at their safety systems after federal regulators changed course Wednesday on measures required to keep swimmers, especially children, from getting trapped in pool drains. The …