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CPSC Requesting Direct Recall Notice Information

As we mentioned in our first blog of 2018, The Future of Recalls, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) held a workshop on how to improve recall effectiveness. In the report that followed that event, the CPSC stated that recalls with direct notifications have proven most effective.

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ICPHSO at 25: Technology and Safety

On the 25 year anniversary of ICPHSO, much of the discussion centered around technologies most could never imagine when the organization began in 1993. Multiple sessions explored emerging technologies – both the undeniable upsides and the potential downsides when it comes to product safety. Lithium-ion Batteries During a standing room only session on lithium-ion batteries, panelists discussed the ubiquitous and potentially volatile nature of the product.

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Fining Off: No CPSC Fines for First Time in Years

For the first time in four years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued no fines in Q4 2017. That may be good news to the industry and concerning news to consumer groups, but is it a fluke? Or is it the beginning of a trend?  First, it is important to note that the absence of fines occurred even as both recalls and recalled units in the consumer product space increased in Q4.

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Holiday Hazards: Toy Recalls Rise

With Thanksgiving behind us, consumers have turned their attention to holiday shopping. Americans are expected to spend more this year than last, and when you look at where they plan to spend those dollars, toys make up one of the top gift categories.

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Connected Kids: Data Privacy and the Internet of Things

This post is based on the article Children’s Products and the “Internet of Things”: Data Privacy Beyond COPPA. In this internet age, "smart" products—those that collect, transmit, or store electronic data—are everywhere, and children’s products are no exception. By some estimates, the smart toy market will reach $11.

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