CPSC Clarifies Requirements of New Children’s Product Safety Laws Taking Effect in February

January 9th, 2009 by ConsumerBob


In February 2009, new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) take effect. Manufacturers, importers and retailers are expected to comply with the new Congressionally-mandated laws. Beginning February 10, 2009, children’s products cannot be sold if they contain more than 600 parts per million (ppm) total lead. Certain children’s products manufactured on or […]

New Law Could Curb Child Consignment Businesses

January 7th, 2009 by ConsumerBob


A new law from the Consumer Product Safety Commission could stop people from selling and buying used children clothing and toys. For a Minnesota mother, the new law could put her out of business and might hurt anyone who wants to buy cheap children’s clothes.

Retailers Slash Prices In Desperate Bid For Sales

December 26th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


As stores offered rock-bottom prices and extended return policies, shoppers returned to the malls the day after Christmas. But many were on the hunt for big bargains on specific items or hoping to return unwanted gifts — not looking to splurge. Many retailers opened before 6 a.m., offering deals like 50 percent to 75 percent […]

SNL Finds a Way to Make Unsafe Toys Funny

December 24th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


Product safety is mostly not funny. So here’s a rare bit of levity to brighten your day, courtesy of Ed Mierzwinski over at U.S. PIRG. Apparently, Saturday Night Live used the advocacy group’s Annual Trouble in Toyland report to make a joke. It’s actually PIRG’s second mention on SNL, as Ed will proudly tell you. […]

The Mystery of the Missing Sentences

December 24th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


So some eagle-eyed observers of recall releases noticed a change in the boilerplate about the Consumer Product Safety Commission that runs at the end of them. This is the old version: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 […]

Small Toymakers Struggling With Safety Rules

December 24th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


The makers of handcrafted toys received some holiday hope Wednesday with support from a federal agency for proposed exemptions from strict lead-testing regulations they feared could put them out of business.

Toymakers: New Toy Testing Regulations Harmful

December 24th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


Worries over lead paint in mass-market toys made the holidays a little brighter for handcrafted toy makers last year, but now the federal government’s response to the scare has some workshops fearful that this Christmas might be their last.

Unsafe Toys From China Seized In Florida

December 20th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


Thousands of toys from China, considered unsafe and dangerous for children, will not be sold in stores in South Florida or anywhere else for that matter thanks to a large seizure at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The plastic toy airplanes and toy rattles were in violation of small parts requirements by the Consumer Product […]

Toys With Multiple Magnets Pose Bowel Hazard

December 20th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


Small toys can worry many parents for the risks they pose to curious mouths and what lies beyond.

SNL Finds a Way to Make Unsafe Toys Funny

December 18th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


Product safety is mostly not funny. So here’s a rare bit of levity to brighten your day, courtesy of Ed Mierzwinski over at U.S. PIRG. Apparently, Saturday Night Live used the advocacy group’s Annual Trouble in Toyland report to make a joke. It’s actually PIRG’s second mention on SNL, as Ed will proudly tell you. […]