All Fiscal Year 2003 News Releases

A complete list of all news releases from fiscal year 2003.
  • March 03, 2011

    CPSC, Window Covering Industry Announce Recall to Repair Window Blinds - New Investigation of Children's Deaths Leads to Redesigned Window Blinds

    Originally issued November 1, 2000, Revised March 3, 2011

    Note: CPSC issued a new safety alert in October 2009. CPSC now recommends that you:
    Examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side or back of the product. Use cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit. If buying new, cordless window coverings is not an option for you, contact the Window Covering Safety Council at www.windowcoverings.org to obtain a free repair kit and install it properly to make your window coverings safer. Ensure that your window covering does not present the hazards listed on this safety alert: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5009a.pdf

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council are announcing a recall to repair horizontal window blinds to prevent the risk of strangulation to young children. The recall involves millions of window blinds with pull cords and inner cords that can form a loop and cause strangulation. About 85 million window blinds are sold each year.

  • September 30, 2003

    CPSC Announces October as Window Covering Safety MonthConsumers Urged to Repair or Replace Old Window Coverings

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Window Covering Safety Council and independent retailers have joined forces to raise awareness of strangulation risks presented by window covering cords and chains. October has been designated "Window Covering Safety Month" by CPSC and the industry coalition. U.S. consumers are encouraged to repair or replace window coverings purchased before 2001 and to keep all window cords and chains out of the reach of young children. Through point-of-sale signage in retail stores, advertising circulars in newspapers and other marketing means, consumers will be alerted to the availability of free repair kits and strongly urged to repair or replace older window coverings.

  • September 24, 2003

    CPSC Announces Results of Investigation of Yo-Yo Water Ball Toys

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission believes there is a low but potential risk of strangulation from the yo-yo water ball toy. The stretchy cord of the toy can wrap around a child's neck when the child swings the toy overhead like a lasso. Parents who are concerned about this risk could, in addition to closely supervising the use of this toy, cut the cord off the toy (leaving a squishy toy ball for children to play with) or throw the toy away.

  • September 23, 2003

    Commission Levies $1.5 Million In Penalties

    The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that it has settled three civil penalty cases and imposed penalties totaling $1.5 million.

  • September 15, 2003

    Safety Tips if Hurricane Knocks Out ElectricityCPSC Warns of Dangers from Generators and Candles

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns of dangers from generators, candles, and other products that might be used if Hurricane Isabel knocks out electricity.

  • September 04, 2003

    CPSC, Industry & Safety Groups Mark Baby Safety Month with Drowning Prevention Campaign

    September is Baby Safety Month. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JPMA), Babies "R" Us and other child safety organizations are marking Baby Safety Month with the launch of an information campaign on water safety and preventing drowning in and around the home.

  • August 15, 2003

    CPSC Warns of Dangers of Generators and Candles During Power Outage

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges consumers to exercise caution when using generators and candles during the power outage currently affecting portions of the Northeast.

  • July 08, 2003

    New Technology In Gas Water Heaters Can Save LivesCPSC, GAMA Say New Heaters Will Prevent Fires from Flammable Vapors

     A voluntary standard developed by industry and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (the national trade association of the manufacturers of water heating and space heating equipment and components), in cooperation with CPSC, calls for conventional tank-type gas water heaters manufactured after July 1, 2003, to be equipped with new safety technology. This technology, often referred to as a flame arrestor, prevents flashback fires by trapping and burning dangerous gas vapors inside of the heater, while preventing ignition of the vapors in the room.

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