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A Game Plan to Prevent TV/Furniture Tip-Over Deaths and Injuries

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It is officially Super Bowl season and for many that also translates to TV buying season. According to a forthcoming study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, more consumers report buying televisions specifically for watching the Super Bowl than for any other sporting event – almost three times that of the World Series or NBA Finals. As consumers nationwide score deals on TV sales, new research from CPSC suggests that there are some very important steps to take once the new TV is brought home.

CPSC has previously reported that one child dies every two weeks and one consumer is injured every 15 minutes when a piece of furniture or a television falls over onto them. Children will climb anything to reach a wanted item. The results of children climbing on or near furniture and TVs can and have ended in tragedy.

Falling TV

According to a new CPSC study, when a television falls from an average size dresser, it can fall with the force of thousands of pounds.  Imagine this: the impact of a falling TV is like being caught between J.J. Watt and Ndamukong Suh colliding at full-speed—10 times.  Hard hits are sure to be delivered by the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, so imagine a child being struck by a force more than 10 times as powerful as a NFL lineman.

CPSC researchers conducted 38 drop tests simulating a tip-over of both cathode ray tube (CRT) and flat screen TVs on top of furniture. Using frequently reported incident scenarios and an accelerometer to help calculate the force, the researchers concluded:

  • The impact energy was typically much greater for a CRT TV than a flat screen, but both had forces that can cause serious injury on impact;
  • for acceleration of the TV, impact was between 73 Gs and 240 Gs;
  • for CRT TVs, the impact force was up to 12,700 pounds of force; and
  • for flat screen TVs, the force was up to 2,098 pounds of force.

With an impact force equivalent to thousands of pounds, no child is a match for falling TVs or furniture. Fortunately, simple and low-cost steps can prevent tip-over incidents.

CPSC’s new “Anchor It” campaign is urging caregivers to think about four important questions before buying a new flat screen TV:

Where will the old TV be placed?

How to secure the old TV in its new location?

How to secure the TV if not mounting?

Will the new TV be mounted?

Ask a sales associate for help selecting anti-tip devices. A secured TV is mounted to the wall or anchored to furniture with straps, brackets, or braces to prevent the TV from sliding.

TV-Anchor             Wall Anchor

 And lastly, remember to keep items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture.

Note: our friends at Safe Kids Worldwide have turned the day before the Super Bowl into National TV Safety Day.  Check out SafeKids.org or Facebook.com/safekidsworldwide for more great safety tips.)

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Winter Weather Warning: Safeguarding Against CO Poisoning with Portable Generators

Wicked winter weather over New England has dumped snow and brought high winds to the coastline. This type of weather has also knocked out power in its path.

If you are considering using a gasoline-powered portable generator to temporarily power appliances and heaters to cook and stay warm, you need to know these five facts.

FACT #1: The exhaust from portable generators contains poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) which can kill you and your family in minutes.

FACT #2: NEVER use a portable generator inside your home or garage. Run the generator OUTSIDE ONLY, at least 20 feet from the house and away from your home’s windows and vents to keep those harmful fumes away.

FACT #3: Carbon monoxide is an “invisible killer.” You cannot see or smell it. It can quickly incapacitate and kill you.

FACT #4: Have working CO alarms in your home.  There should be a CO alarm outside each sleeping area and on each level of your home.

FACT #5: If a CO alarm goes off, DO NOT ignore it. Get everyone out of the house and then call 911 and let firefighters handle it.

Take precautions against carbon monoxide, the “invisible killer.” Your life depends on it.

 

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Check Your Homes for Recalled Lajobi Cribs and Glider Rockers

In 2010, the Commission issued a new federal safety standard for cribs, banning drop side cribs and ushering in a safer generation of cribs. Drop side cribs are no longer a safe place to have your infant sleep due to a danger of entrapment and suffocation. Repair kits were previously available for some recalled LaJobi products, including drop side cribs. However, LaJobi is no longer in business and repair kits are no longer available for recalled LaJobi products. Any LaJobi-made products that have been recalled should be discarded or destroyed. Most of the product recalls involve cribs, but there is also one recall involving 12 models of a glider.

Consumers with these products should immediately stop using them and destroy or discard the item. A full list of products recalled from Lajobi are listed below with links to the recalls on cpsc.gov.

PRODUCT SOLD AT PHOTO(S)
Lajobi Bonavita “Cabana” Drop-Side Cribs USA Baby, Beautiful Beginnings, Buy Buy Baby and other specialty stores nationwide from January 2006 through May 2009 for about $450. Cabana Crib
Lajobi “Molly” and “Betsy” Cribs (2001)Reannounced in 2009 Juvenile specialty stores nationwide from May 2000 through September 2001 for about $700 for the Molly model and $650 for the Betsy model. Molly CribBetsy Crib
Lajobi / Babi Italia “Tiffany” and “Josephine”  Drop-Side Cribs Babies R Us sold the recalled cribs exclusively from July 2001 through January 2003 for about $500.  tiffany or josephine crib
Lajobi / Babi Italia “Pinehurst” and Bonavita “Hudson” Drop-Side Cribs Babi Italia Pinehurst drop side cribs were sold exclusively by Babies “R” Us. Bonavita Hudson drop side cribs were sold at Baby Basics, Beautiful Beginnings, and Buy Buy Baby stores and children’s product stores nationwide for about $300. Cribs were sold from December 2006 through December 2007.  pinehurst cribhudson crib
Graco®-Branded Drop Side Cribs Made by LaJobi Children’s product stores and other retailers nationwide from February 2007 to March 2010 for between $140 and $200.Models include: Ashleigh Drop Side, Hampton Drop Side, Jason Convertible Drop Side, Kendal Drop Side, Lauren Drop Side, Rachel Convertible Drop Side, Sarah Drop Side, Shannon Drop Side, Tifton Drop Side.  Graco Branded Drop Side cribs Graco Branded Drop Side cribs Graco Branded Drop Side cribs Graco Branded Drop Side cribs Graco Branded Drop Side cribs Graco Branded Drop Side cribs Graco Branded Drop Side cribs Graco Branded Drop Side cribs Graco Branded Drop Side cribs
Bonavita, Babi Italia and ISSI Drop-Side Cribs Children’s product stores and various other retailers nationwide from May 1999 through May 2009 for between $300 and $430.  bonavita crib
Graco®-branded “Avalon Glider Rockers with Ottoman” and “Complete Nursery Solution / Katelyn” Glider Rockers The Avalon model was sold at Burlington and other mass retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com and Walmart.com from December 2009 to October 2012 for about $170. The CNS Box 2 / Katelyn model was sold exclusively online at Walmart.com from November 2011 to October 2012 for about $135.   Graco gliderGraco glider
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电子商务公司阿里巴巴集团和美国消费品安全委员会为保障消费品安全携手合作

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阿里巴巴博客 去年11月, 艾略特· F·凯伊主席敦促某些网址为防止在他们, 或通过他们的网址销售危险和被召回消费品而承担更大的责任, 这一行动在美国多家媒体成为头条新闻。今天, 凯伊主席作出重大宣布, 委员会(CPSC)和全世界最大的电子和移动电子商务公司阿里巴巴控股集团有限公司为保障消费品安全自愿合作。

凯伊主席在出席香港玩具展时称赞这一总部在中国的电子商务巨人承诺与CPSC合作, 不让在美国违规或被召回的产品落入美国的买家手中。

根据双方的这一安排, 阿里巴巴集团与CPSC建立直线联系。公司保证将与CPSC合作, 应CPSC要求, 它将迅速制止通过阿里巴巴集团的平台向美国买家出售违规或被召回的产品。公司并将在网上很快上载针对美国进口商的产品安全要求相关信息。

阿里巴巴集团还同意在其企业对企业(B2B)平台上设立联系点, 导引美国进口商查询高风险消费品的安全标准。

凯伊主席说, “随着越来越多的公司和消费者将企业网上化, 阿里巴巴集团的这一决定对美国消费者和他们的安全来说是一个胜利。公司这一朝前看的做法帮助阻止危险和被召回消费品落入毫无戒备的消费者的手中。”

阿里巴巴集团在2014年一年内有三亿多活跃在市场上的买家, 它是第三方交易平台。阿里巴巴并不从事直接交易, 不和商家竞争, 或储存商品。
阿里巴巴集团的企业事务副总裁吉姆·威尔金森表示, “我们感到很荣幸和自豪, 在采取这一保障消费者的重大措施上与CPSC合作。凯伊主席是一位有着不遗余力保护消费者的最佳记录的强有力领袖。我们期待与凯伊主席和他的团队合作, 为保护消费者尽最大的努力。”
CPSC也与其他电子商务市场密切合作, 以保障美国消费者在使用电子商务时的安全。

凯伊主席是在香港出席世界最大的玩具工业展之一时作出这一宣布的。1月14日,  凯伊主席将对出席玩具展的玩具公司主管, 设计商和生产商发表演讲。凯伊主席在就职后首次访问国外生产点时要传达的信息包括: “所有的消费者, 不管他们居住在何处, 都应该享有他们所购买的产品是高质量, 高安全产品的权利, 尤其当产品是儿童玩具。作为一个家长和美国消费品管理机构的最主要官员, 我拥有这样的信念。”

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Compañía de comercio por Internet Alibaba Group y CPSC trabajan juntos en pro de la seguridad del consumidor

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Logo de Alibaba Group El pasado noviembre, Elliot F. Kaye, presidente de la Comisión de Seguridad de Productos del Consumidor (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, por su nombre y siglas en inglés) ocupó los titulares de prensa en toda la nación al instar a ciertos sitios de Internet a tomar mayor responsabilidad para prevenir la venta en sus sitios web de productos del consumidor peligrosos, que han sido retirados del mercado. Hoy, el presidente anunció una colaboración voluntaria en pro de la seguridad del consumidor sin precedentes entre CPSC y Alibaba Group Holding Group Limited, la empresa más grande de comercio en línea y móvil del mundo.

Durante la Feria de juegos y juguetes de Hong Kong, Kaye elogió el compromiso del gigante de comercio online con base en China a cooperar con la CPSC para que productos ilegales o retirados del mercado en Estados Unidos no estén disponibles a compradores que se identifiquen como ubicados en EE. UU.

Bajo el acuerdo, el Alibaba Group ha establecido una línea de contacto directo para CPSC. La se comprometió a trabajar ágilmente con la CPSC en peticiones para bloquear la venta de productos del consumidor ilegales y retirados a compradores de EE. UU. en las plataformas de Alibaba Group. La información respecto a la seguridad de productos para importadores de estadounidenses también estará disponible en las plataformas de Alibaba Group en los próximos días.

Alibaba también accedió a crear puntos de acceso en plataformas entre empresas (de empresa a empresa, o Business to Business, B2B, por su nombre y siglas en inglés) que proporcionarían a importadores de EE. UU. referencia a información sobre normas de seguridad para productos del consumidor de mayor riesgo.

“Con un número cada vez mayor de empresas y consumidores que realizan comercio electrónico, la decisión de Alibaba de implementar estas nuevas políticas es una victoria para los consumidores estadounidenses y su seguridad”, afirmó el presidente Kaye. El enfoque a la vanguardia de la empresa con respecto a esto, ayudará a prevenir que productos peligrosos y retirados del mercado lleguen a consumidores desprevenidos.”

Alibaba Group tenía más de 300 millones de compradores activos anuales en 2014 y opera sus sitios como una plataforma para terceros. Alibaba no participa directamente en ventas, no compite con comerciantes ni cuenta con un inventario.

“Nos complace y enorgullece el trabajar con la CPSC en estas medidas importantes y serias para la protección del consumidor. El presidente Kaye es un líder fuerte con un excelente récord de resultados comprobados en cuanto a la protección de consumidores en EE. UU. Esperamos trabajar de forma colaborativa con el presidente y su equipo para hacer todo lo posible por proteger a los consumidores”, declaró Jim Wilkinson, Vicepresidente Senior de Asuntos Corporativos de Alibaba Group.

La CPSC también trabaja en conjunto con otros mercados en línea para salvaguardar la seguridad de consumidores en EE. UU. en el mercado online.

La declaración de Kaye en Hong Kong sucedió durante su visita a uno de los eventos más grandes de la industria de juguetes. El 14 de enero, el presidente hablará a lo que se espera sea un salón repleto de ejecutivos de jugueterías, diseñadores y fabricantes de juguetes. En su primera visita a un centro de producción desde que se convirtió en presidente en julio del 2014, el mensaje de Kaye incluirá comunicarle a la industria de juguetes: “Todos los consumidores, sin importar dónde viven, se merecen un producto con calidad y seguridad, especialmente cuando se trata de juguetes para sus hijos. Estoy convencido de esto, tanto como padre, como regulador principal para la seguridad de los productos del consumidor en Estados Unidos”.

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