Consumer Product Safety Commission News

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 …

No Need to Remove Wiring in Homes with Problem Drywall: U.S. Officials

Federal safety officials have stopped recommending removal of all electrical wiring in homes with problem drywall, a change in the safety protocol that could reduce the cost of remediation for many homes. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and …

Public Database for Product Safety Complaints Goes Live

Despite a last-minute attempt to derail it, the U.S. government launched a public database Friday that allows Americans to report and search safety complaints on thousands of products — from cribs and toys to power tools and hair dryers. SaferProducts.gov, …

New Product Safety Database Under Scrutiny

It’s something Nikki Johns wishes had been around before her infant son died in a drop-side crib: a centralized federal database of people’s safety complaints about thousands of products, from baby gear to household appliances and more. “If I had …