All Fiscal Year 1999 News Releases

A complete list of all news releases from fiscal year 1999.
  • September 29, 1999

    CPSC Warns Against Placing Babies in Adult Beds; Study finds 64 deaths each year from suffocation and strangulation

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning parents and caregivers about the dangers of placing babies to sleep in adult beds. A CPSC study published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that placing babies to sleep in adult beds puts them at risk of suffocation or strangulation. This is a danger of which many parents and caregivers are unaware. The study revealed an average 64 deaths per year to babies under the age of 2 years placed to sleep in adult beds, including waterbeds and daybeds.

  • September 29, 1999

    Ohio Company Sentenced for Selling Recalled Toys

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that The Mazel Company, of Solon, Ohio, was sentenced to pay a criminal penalty of $40,000 after pleading guilty to four counts of selling banned children's toys. The toys had been recalled by their New Jersey importer in 1996 because they contained small parts, which posed a choking hazard to young children. However, following the recall, the importer resold the toys to Mazel. Between August 1996 and February 1997, Mazel sold approximately 800 Teddy Precious Collectible Bears to small retail stores throughout the United States.

  • September 23, 1999

    CPSC Urges Seasonal Furnace Inspection, Replacement of Recalled Vent Pipes to Prevent CO Poisonings

    As the home heating season approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to have a professional inspection of all fuel-burning appliances -- including furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, clothes dryers and space heaters -- to detect deadly carbon monoxide (CO) leaks.

  • August 23, 1999

    CPSC Issues Warning to Hurricane Victims to Prevent CO Poisonings, Electrocutions, Explosions and Fires

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning hurricane victims that gasoline-powered generators should not be used indoors, because of the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Also, all gas control valves, electric circuit breakers, ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), and fuses that have been under water must be replaced to avoid electrocutions, explosions and fires.

  • August 12, 1999

    CPSC Chairman Awards Safety Commendation to the American Water Heater Company

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Chairman Ann Brown has awarded the Chairman's Commendation to the American Water Heater Company, headquartered in Johnson City, Tenn., a subsidiary of Southcorp Limited of Australia. The company is being recognized for introducing a technology that prevents gas water heaters from igniting flammable vapors such as gasoline.

  • August 05, 1999

    Federal Agencies Warn Drivers, Boaters, Pilots and Hikers of False Readings with Some GPS-Based Satellite Navigation Systems

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Federal Trade Commission are warning about possible false receiver readings with navigation systems that rely on the Global Positioning System (GPS).

  • July 16, 1999

    CPSC Reminds Consumers that Deadline Nears for Fire Sprinkler Claims

    Originally July 16, 1999, Revised June 15, 2007 

    Note: Telephone Number Change

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding property owners that they must submit a "proof of claim" form and a "waiver and release of claims" form to Central Sprinkler Co. postmarked by August 1, 1999, to qualify for reimbursement toward labor costs associated with replacing their Omega brand fire sprinklers. CPSC and Central Sprinkler announced the recall of approximately 8.4 million Omega brand fire sprinklers last October. Since the announcement, CPSC has received additional reports of fires in which Omegas have allegedly failed to activate. Previously, CPSC had reported 17 fires that caused at least four injuries and over $4.3 million in property damage.

  • July 14, 1999

    CPSC Announces Indictments in Cigarette Lighter Case

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that two people have been indicted on charges arising from its investigation into the removal of child safety mechanisms from disposable cigarette lighters. A federal grand jury in Tennessee charged Donald M. Anthony of Memphis with seven felony counts, including obstruction of justice and making false statements to CPSC. His former assistant, Marie A. Marrese, also of Memphis, faces four similar charges and three additional counts of making false statements to a grand jury. Anthony and Marrese operated National Marketing, a now-defunct Memphis business that distributed cigarette lighters and other merchandise to convenience stores and other distributors nationwide.

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