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Consumer Product Safety Commission

Microsoft Is Recalling 2.3 Million Power Cords Over Safety Concerns

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.02.2016 | Technology

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Microsoft Corp was recalling about 2.25 million AC power cords, less than a week after Apple Inc said...

Amazon May Refund Your Potentially Explosive Hoverboard

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business

If you purchased a “hoverboard” (read: a self-balancing scooter that isn’t really much like its namesake) on Amazon but now fear turning into a ...

Britax Issues Recalls For Strollers And Infant Car Seats

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.21.2016 | Parents

Today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced two product recalls for Britax strollers and infant car seats. Both recalls were issued...

Disney Recalls Darth Vader Baby Wear Over Choking Fear

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business

The Dark Lord of the Sith could now be a danger to babies. The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday posted a recall notice for Darth Vader in...

Amazon Tightens Rules On Hoverboards Because Of Those Pesky Fires

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 12.14.2015 | Technology

Amazon has removed many, but not all, brands of hoverboards from its website following reports of the popular Christmas present catching fire. Withou...

Lynne Peeples

Stop Playing 'Whack-A-Mole' With Toxic Flame Retardants, Health Advocates Urge | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.31.2015 | Green

As the public has learned of health risks tied to chemicals in everyday products, many companies have responded by eliminating, one by one, the suspec...

Jesse Rifkin

Alibaba Agrees To Block U.S. Sales Of Recalled Products | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce website, announced a plan this week to prevent recalled products from reaching American consum...

Ralph! Enough! A Memo to Ralph Nader

Ann Brown | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Ann Brown

Ralph, for whatever reason, your vicious, personal caricature of Hillary Clinton has trashed a great friend of the consumer movement. Don't compound the error you made in 2000.

Kate Sheppard

Feds Reach Settlement Agreement To Recall Buckyballs | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Monday evening that it reached a settlement agreement with the creator of Buckyballs to...

Officials Seize Toy Shipment With Dangerous Lead Levels

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 11.18.2013 | New York

Before they could make it into Santa's sack, shipments of children's toys from China were seized on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 by Consumer Product Safety Com...

Kate Sheppard

Toy Magnets Can Injure Kids Like 'A Gun Shot Wound To The Gut' | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission argues that small, powerfully magnetic balls contained in some toys pose "an unreasonable risk of...

Kate Sheppard

Consumer Agency 'Can't Protect People' During Shutdown, Chairwoman Says | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Among the federal agencies hit hardest by the government shutdown is the Consumer Product Safety Commission -- an office no one pays m...

Teddy Bears, Toy Guns, and Real Guns

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Many Americans heed the CPSC and its recalls of dangerous products to help keep their families safe. But thanks in large part to the work of the gun lobby, guns are specifically not under the CPSC's jurisdiction and are the only consumer product not regulated for safety.

It Didn't Have to Happen

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A law requiring Levi Reed's grandfather to store his gun safely might have saved Noah McGuire's life. Enough is enough. It is time for responsible citizens everywhere to stand up to the gun lobby and demand that politicians pass common sense gun safety and safe storage laws.

California Decides to Stop Poisoning Our Sofas

OnEarth | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green

By Justine E. Hausheer, OnEarth Two years ago, Sarah Janssen biopsied her couch. After removing the cushion covers she cut out a square-inch chunk of...

Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come

Katherine McFate | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Katherine McFate

When the American public recognizes the way sensible standards and safeguards undergird the quality of life we all take for granted, our Christmases yet-to-come will be something grand.

One Lesson From Sandy: We Can't Afford to Have a President Who Irrationally Hates Government

Mitchell Bard | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Sometimes, in the heat of an election, it is easy for voters to forget about the bigger picture. With three debates, endless soundbites, and, if you live in a swing state, a ceaseless barrage of television ads, it is hard for some to remember the context and history of the candidates' claims. It is this hectic environment that allows Mitt Romney to, suddenly, turn his back on two years of campaigning (all caught on video) on far-right positions and shake the Etch-A-Sketch and call himself a moderate. But sometimes, an event happens that shakes the electorate up and forces it to concentrate on who the candidates really are and what they stand for. It happened when the financial crisis hit in September 2008, and it is happening again in 2012 with Hurricane Sandy.

Alice Hines

Children Promised Payments For Finger-Chopping Baby Strollers | Alice Hines | Posted 07.05.2012 | Business

Tim Oakhill, a consultant and former marketing executive who played lacrosse in college, said he'll never be able to throw a ball with his son. Tha...

Amputation Hazard Prompts Stroller Recall

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 08.01.2012 | Parents

Federal officials have issued a recall for a popular stroller sold in the United States after reports of finger amputations and lacerations. So far...

Alice Hines

'You Can't Be In The Baby Business And Behave Like This' | Alice Hines | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business

Maclaren USA, the closely held stroller company that quietly declared bankruptcy in December two years after it was forced to recall defective strolle...

Alice Hines

Bankruptcy Hurls Amputated Finger Lawsuits Into Limbo | Alice Hines | Posted 03.06.2012 | Business

Kalyani Spieckerman was only 15 months old when she had the tip of her right ring finger amputated by her stroller while her parents were visiting Bos...

Nearly 2 Million Coffee Makers Recalled For Scalding Owners

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 04.10.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) -- Home-brewed coffee lovers, take note: More than a million popular coffee makers are being recalled after dozens of re...

REINS Act Means More Trouble In Toyland

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 01.17.2012 | Parents
Ed Mierzwinski

Child safety should not be a political or partisan issue. I have yet to hear any policy maker argue "caveat emptor" (let the buyer beware) as it relates to toddlers.

Test the Toys, Not Our Kids!

Ami Gadhia | Posted 12.19.2011 | Parents
Ami Gadhia

Consumers cannot afford to wait any longer to be sure that the products they're buying for their children are safe. Recalls are simply not an adequate solution to this safety problem.

Five Big Wins for Consumers, A Loss for Advocates of Delay and Distortion

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is celebrating a series of tremendous wins for product safety. This is government in action and government that serves the interests of consumers.