Posts Tagged ‘Consumer Product Safety Commission’

Consumer agency could recall Chinese drywall

August 16, 2009

“Late this month or sometime next month, several government agencies are expected to release the results of their investigations into homeowner complaints of drywall imported from China containing corrosive elements that have damaged homes and occupant health. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, agencies could issue a recall of drywall imported from China if a significant electrical, fire, or health hazard is found to exist in homes built with the product. Some builders have stepped up to correct bad drywall installations, while class-action lawsuits are being developed to seek restitution for affected homeowners.”

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Robe recall re-announced after six deaths

June 14, 2009

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa., are re-announcing the voluntary recall by Blair of 162,000 women’s full length Chenille Robes. Since the recall was originally announced in April 2009, Blair has received reports of six deaths due to the robes catching on fire. Five of the six victims were female, and all five were cooking at the time of the incidents. Three of the victims were in their 80s.”

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Feds set up drywall information website

June 3, 2009

“The Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched a new Drywall Information Center to help homeowners keep track of the agency’s investigation into toxic drywall manufactured in China. The center also has information that can help consumers determine if their homes were built with the contaminated product and can take their complaints.

The CPSC has received 365 reports from 18 states, including Florida, of houses that may contain the drywall. The building material emits sulfur gas that many believe is making people sick, and corroding electrical fixtures and wiring.”

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Toys R US sued over Cozy Crib Tent

March 17, 2009

The retailer was sued along with manufacturer, Tot in Mind and the distributor and designer in Virginia state court because the tent product collapsed on an infant causing what the complaint claims is catastrophic brain injury.  The lawsuit also claims that there similar complaints against the product made to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Complaint courtesy Courthousenews

Dangerous book recalled

December 31, 2008

Not because of its incendiary ideas but because, “the books contain several errors in the technical diagrams that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers.”

The title of the book is: “Wiring a House, 3rd Edition and Wiring Complete, Expert Advice from Start to Finish”

Um, where were the “experts” when it came to the technical diagrams?

Recall notice

Warner Spray delayed reporting battery fire-risk

December 29, 2008

In a complaint filed in Minnesota Federal Court, the United States Government filed suit against Warner Spray Tech that manufactures a cordless power drill that overheats and causes fires in consumers’ homes.  The complaint alleges that the company received complaints from consumers for several years before reporting them to the Consumer Product Safety Commission as required by law.

The commission allows consumers to report dangerous products on their website so are we to believe that the commission never received a complaint directly from a consumer about Warner Spray’s product?  Is the commission completely reliant on a company making a defective product to initiate a recall?  While its obviously bad and wrong for a company to fail to report a serious product defect, isn’t there a back-up plan for the agency to take action on its own?

Complaint courtesy Courthousenews

Evenflo high chairs recalled for infant dangers

December 18, 2008

Evenflo recalled its Majestic High Chair because it had received more than a thousand reports from consumers about screws and caps coming loose, kids falling from the chair and even breaking bones.  Some kids had the caps and screws in their hands but so far no reports of kids having swallowed the loose objects.  The recall includes 90,000 high chairs.

Consumer Product Safety Commission release (contains photo of chair)

HealthToys.org: A better Xmas and beyond

December 9, 2008

I’ve mentioned before, here, about how the Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations will not take place until after this Christmas session is over so here is a place to go to now if you want to make sure you buy safe toys.

HealthyToys.org which is sponsored by the Ecology Center.

Not only do they allow you to search on toys for health and safety concerns but they make it easy for you to communicate with the government and manufacturers about the importance of making toys safer.

Sunday Special: Researching defective products

November 30, 2008

I have featured a few product liability lawsuits.  These are good sources for dark side of a company’s product information but its not easy to find them.   While many courts provide access to their electronic court dockets there are hundreds of them to search and many don’t allow you to search easily by company name.  The SEC filings could be useful but they often mask the true nature of the suits or don’t mention them at all.  For example, earlier I featured a lawsuit against Hewlett Packard involving a faulty video card but if you look at the SEC filings none of those kinds of suits are listed.

This is where the Consumer Product Safety Commission comes in.  Frequently, products are subject to warnings or recalls before major litigation occurs and you can find out about a company’s less successful product offerings.  In the case of Hewlett Packard, you can use the cumbersome search feature (HERE) to look for the products with major safety and health issues.  The most recent HP recalls have all involved products that have caught fire.

Note that the lawsuit involving the video card has no precedent at the commission.  This is because the commission doesn’t recall faulty products unless they cause a health and safety problem.  So if you buy a lemon and you want justice, you’ll have to go to court.  Best to find others in a like position and a class action attorney ready to take the case.  Otherwise, your damages won’t get you into superior court.

Toys not safe enough

November 26, 2008

Last year hazardous toys sent 80,000 children under five to the emergency room.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission has stronger protections in place BUT many of them do not take place until 2009 and a key provision has been suspended indefinitely.  And the biggest shopping season for children’s toys is still to come in 2008

Trouble in Toyland


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