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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 ...

The Greatest American Heroine You've Never Heard of: Why Florence Kelley Should Be the Woman on the Next $10 Bill

Sally Greenberg | Posted 07.07.2016 | Women
Sally Greenberg

One of the National Consumers League's founders, Florence Kelley, was a champion for equal rights and consumer protections who fought her whole life for democracy and would be an ideal candidate - a true unsung female American hero.

Does 100% Natural Skincare Really Exist? Should You Care?

Hillary Peterson | Posted 05.01.2016 | Green
Hillary Peterson

Few, if any, 100% natural skincare lines exist. And surprisingly, it shouldn't bother you. What should bother you is whether the ingredients you're putting on your skin are safe.

Congress Is Facing Its Last Call to Stand Up for Fair Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

When we have complicated trade agreements that could put thousands of U.S. workers on the unemployment line and hamper this nation's economy, shouldn't our elected officials have a chance to review and make changes to them? After all, lawmakers have certainly spent significant time considering more frivolous matters in recent years.

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...

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.

Unsafe at Any Range: Treat Guns Like the Consumer Products That They Are

Norman I. Silber | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Norman I. Silber

As we prepare for the next round of struggle, we should think of guns as the most dangerous products that consumers can buy in the American marketplace, and find ways to make them safer.

My Anti-Skid Consumer Slip-Up

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.13.2013 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

I'm an irresponsible consumer. I recently bought a common household product and failed to register the item, so if something goes wrong I probably won't get a refund or replacement. I'm talking about a shower mat -- a flexible rectangle with suction cups on the bottom.

Look Out For These 6 Signs Of Danger

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.17.2013 | HuffPost Home

Here's what those hazard symbols on your cleaning products really mean.

Safe Cosmetics: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Health and to Motivate Change

Hillary Peterson | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Hillary Peterson

Every time you shop, you "vote" for safety standards. By making conscious decisions to support companies who raise the safety bar, the collective voice of consumer spending can have a tremendous influence on the industry.

10 Ways To Tell If A Product Is (Or Isn't) Really 'Natural'

Beth Greer | Posted 01.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Beth Greer

"Natural," "Nontoxic" or even "Eco-Safe" on the label of your shampoo, deodorant or makeup, makes you think it'd be made with healthy, safety-tested ingredients, right? Well, not always.

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.

Turning the Clock Back on Child Safety Protections

Ami Gadhia | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Ami Gadhia

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is preparing to consider a bill that would poke serious holes in the product safety net. Here is a breakdown of some of the ways this bill would put consumers at risk:

In The Public Interest: The House Votes to Deny Consumers Information About Dangerous Products

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Hitchcock

We've already begun to see positive effects of the 2008 product safety law on the toy safety landscape. We must not turn back the clock now.

In The Public Interest: Trouble in Toyland

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Hitchcock

Even in our hurry to fulfill the wishes on holiday lists, we have to keep safety in mind by providing examples of potential toy hazards on store shelves. U.S. PIRG's Tips for Toy Safety provide a good guide to shopping for children.

Chemical Industry Lobbyists Block Measure to Protect Infants and Toddlers

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

We should not use our kids as guinea pigs by taking chances on a chemical that can seriously harm their immediate and long-term health. No chemical should be used in food products until it is proven to be safe.

Cancer Panel Warning: Babies Born Pre-Polluted

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

According to a new report by the President's Cancer Panel, researchers have found 300 contaminants -- industrial chemicals, pesticides and pollutants -- in the umbilical cord blood of babies.

Call 'Em on Their Claims: Look up labels on Your phone

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Many products claim to be "cruelty-free" with such logos as the Leaping Bunny. But what do these logos mean, and are they any better than other animal-testing claims? Now you can find out right there in the store using your mobile phone.

Rocket Fuel & Perchlorates: The Antidote

Barbara Dehn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Dehn

Perchlorate, aka Rocket Fuel, is a component of fireworks, munitions and yes, rocket fuel. It can also be found in drinking water, milk, lettuce, and human breast milk.

Wedgwood Teacups, Child Labor, and Lead Poisoning

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Agin

There is no reason to employ pregnant women and children in occupations known to be hazardous other than to exploit the poor.

Search New NHTSA Database for Alleged Deaths, Injuries, Property Damage Records of Any Car or Truck

Steve Parker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steve Parker

The government has posted on the Web a database that allows consumers to look up the number of alleged deaths, injuries and cases of property damage involving passenger vehicles.

Consumer Safety Lawsuits May Be Blocked For Years Under Bush's Proposed Rule Changes

WSJ | ALICIA MUNDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials, in their last weeks in office, are pushing to rewrite a wide array of federal rules with changes or addit...

Lipstick Will Kill a Pig! A New Non-Smudge Campaign for Your Rights to Know

Nancy Chuda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Nancy Chuda

According to the Environmental Working Group, many of the products we use -- cosmetics, perfumes, household cleaners and detergents -- can cause cancer.