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Parents Urged To Anchor Furniture After 3rd Child Killed By IKEA Dresser

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.23.2016 | Parents

A tragic accident that occurred in Minnesota earlier this year is reigniting conversation about furniture safety in households with young children. O...

Remember Chinese Drywall?

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 03.28.2016 | Science
Michael D. Shaw

A few years ago, I wrote several stories on the matter of tainted and corrosive Chinese Drywall, including this one. Basically, thousands of people in several states were victimized by the effects of certain drywall products, which emitted a variety of sulfur compounds (mostly sulfides).

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...

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...

Guns as Dangerous and Privileged Products

Tom Harvey | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Tom Harvey

There are many special laws that give firearms special privileges compared to anything else in our society. One of the worst is the exemption from ordinary safety regulation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Saying Goodbye to CPSC With the Wind in Its Sails, Set On The Right Course

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

We even overcame a last minute attempt to delay the vote by Republican members of the Commission. We persevered, got the job done, and children can sleep safer in the cribs used in childcare center centers and for sale today.

The Law That Put Consumers First at the CPSC

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

Congress recognized that consumer confidence would increase if certain key safety standards were made mandatory, instead of being voluntary. The result: all of the nation's toy standards are mandatory.

2 Million Baby Bathers Recalled

Posted 08.30.2012 | Parents

Summer Infant is recalling over 2 million of their Deluxe/Mother's Touch Baby Bathers due to fall and head injury hazards. The baby bathers, which ...

Thousands Of Children's Scooters Recalled

Posted 08.22.2012 | Parents

Thousands of children's scooters are being recalled due to a laceration hazard. The Kickboard USA "Mini Micro" scooter, sold on, Kickboa...

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.

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.

Marcus Baram

U.S. Nuke Plant Workers Protected By Whistleblower Ruling | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Welcome to our blog, "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday Americans. ...

In The Public Interest: A Sneak Preview for Supporters of U.S.PIRG of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's New Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Hitchcock

For the last two years, the CPSC has chosen to prioritize making the agency more open to the public and to families. In just a few weeks, the CPSC will launch its biggest open-government project.

A Sneak Preview of CPSC's Publically Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

We are grateful for the interest in our new consumer database, and we look forward to our continued partnership to keep children and families safe.

Parents, Strong CPSC and Civil Justice System Needed to Protect Children from Dangerous Toys

Gibson Vance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gibson Vance

Penny Sweet bought a Magnetix set for her son's 10th birthday. The toy was made of building blocks and rods that connect together though small magnet...

Indoors or Out, Keep Pool Safety in Mind

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

While the summer swimming season is behind us, many communities across the country still have their doors open to those looking to cool off in water p...

A Teachable Moment: Take Simple Steps Now to Prevent Child Drownings

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

While summer should be a time of fun and relaxation, it has sadly brought tragedy to far too many families. Within the past three weeks, a number of tragic and avoidable drownings have occurred.

Safe Sleep Starts With a Safe Crib

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

In an effort to rid the marketplace, homes and day care centers of dangerous cribs, we're announcing today the recall of numerous cribs that pose a risk of death or serious injury to young children.

385 Dead, 4,200 Injured. From What? Pools and Spas.

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

The splash starts Memorial Day weekend, when pool season kicks into high gear. Pools and spas are great sources of family fun and relaxation. They are also sources of too many preventable family tragedies.

The Human Costs of Pander: What a Budget Freeze Would Mean for Protecting Our Health and Safety

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

President Obama's expected State of the Union announcement that he plans to seek a freeze on non-security discretionary spending is an early warning s...

Blind Recall 2009: MILLIONS Of Roman Shades Recalled

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some 50 million Roman blinds are being recalled in a blind recall of "historic proportions," involving "virtually every Roman blind and roller shade o...

StorkCraft Cribs Recall: StorkCraft Website OVERLOADED After November 2009 Recall

Huffington Post/Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Stork Craft Web site ( is suffering outages, its Twitter account ( is being sent numerous message...

The Libertarian Gotcha

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act is generating quite a bit of controversy for a measure designed to protect children from lead and other unsafe consumer products.

5 Secrets Conventional Cleaning Product Manufacturers Don't Want You to Know

Christopher Gavigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christopher Gavigan

These products were meant for use all over the house. If they were as toxic as their labels implied, why were we using them where we ate, bathed, slept and played?

Court Agrees: Phthalates are Banned From Toys Effective Next Week!

Sarah Janssen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sarah Janssen

Phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) are chemicals used in many common consumer products, including as softeners of plastic children's toys -- like a rubber ducky.