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Online Commerce Company Alibaba Group and CPSC Working Together On Consumer Safety

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Alibaba LogoLast November, Chairman Elliot F. Kaye made national headlines for urging certain online sites to take far greater responsibility for preventing the sale of dangerous, recalled consumer products on or through their sites. Today, the Chairman announced a ground-breaking voluntary consumer safety collaboration between the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Alibaba Group Holding Limited, the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world.

Speaking from the Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair, Kaye commended the China-based online giant’s commitment to cooperate with CPSC in making illegal or recalled products in the United States unavailable to buyers who are identified as being located in the U.S.

Under the arrangement, Alibaba Group has established a direct line of contact for CPSC. The company has pledged to work swiftly with CPSC on requests to block sales of illegal and recalled consumer products to U.S. buyers on Alibaba Group platforms.  Product safety information for U.S. importers will also be available on Alibaba Group platforms in the coming days.

Alibaba has also agreed to create access points on its Business to Business (B2B) platform that would guide U.S. importers to U.S. safety standards for higher risk consumer products.

“With an increasing number of companies and consumers taking their business online, Alibaba’s decision to implement these new policies is a victory for U.S. consumers and their safety,” said Chairman Kaye. The company’s forward leaning approach in this regard will help prevent dangerous and recalled products from being passed on to unsuspecting consumers.”

Alibaba Group had more than 300 million annual active buyers in 2014 and operates its sites as a platform for third parties. Alibaba does not engage in direct sales, compete with merchants, or hold inventory.

“We are honored and proud to work with the CPSC on these important and serious consumer protection measures. Chairman Kaye is a strong leader with an excellent track record of results in protecting U.S. consumers. We look forward to working collaboratively with the Chairman and his team to do everything possible to protect consumers,” said Jim Wilkinson, Alibaba Group’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs.

CPSC also works closely with other online marketplaces to protect the safety of U.S. consumers in the online marketplace.

Kaye’s announcement in Hong Kong comes during his visit to one of the world’s largest toy industry events.  On January 14, the Chairman will speak to what is expected to be a packed hall of toy company executives, designers, and manufacturers.  In his first visit to a foreign production center since becoming Chairman in July 2014, Kaye’s message will include telling the toy industry: “All consumers, regardless of where they live, deserve to have quality and safety built into the products they buy, especially when it comes to toys for their children.  I believe this as a parent and as the principal consumer product safety regulator for the United States.”

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New Safety Standards to Keep your New Baby Safer in the New Year

Smiling baby with Happy New year hat
Expecting a new baby in the New Year? Overwhelmed with where to begin? Well, there is exciting news about nursery products. Over the past few years the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has strengthened nursery product standards to ensure safer products in the marketplace.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what CPSC has been doing to help keep babies safe:

New crib standards
CRIBS: All cribs sold in the U.S. with a manufacture date after June 28, 2011 must meet new federal requirements before being sold. These rules prohibit traditional drop-side rails, strengthen crib slats and mattress supports, and improve the quality of hardware—all through more stringent testing requirements.

CRADLES/BASSINETS: All cradles and bassinets manufactured or imported on or after April 23, 2014 must meet the new standard. The new standard addresses risks not previously covered such as mattress flatness stability.

New play yard standards

PLAY YARDS: As of February 28, 2013, testing for play yards became more rigorous. Play yards must meet new safety standards that prevent entrapments, eliminate sharp-edged cracks and side rail collapse or forming a V when folded to prevent strangulation.

STROLLERS: A new standard for strollers and carriages becomes effective on September 25, 2015. Hazards addressed in the standard include the prevention of head entrapments, falls, pinching, cuts and amputations.

A new report from CPSC found that about 75,000 children were treated in emergency departments nationwide in 2013 due to injuries associated with, but not necessarily caused by, nursery products.  Tragically, more 100 children younger than age 5 die each year from nursery products.  The majority of injuries were caused by falls, while positional asphyxia (when a baby cannot get enough air due to his/her position), strangulation, and drowning were among the leading causes of death. Some fatalities were attributed to the product and others resulted from hazards such as clutter and soft bedding in a child’s sleep environment.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Remember! Never add clutter, such as pillows, quilts or comforters, to any crib, play yard, bassinet or cradle.
  2. Always place baby on his/her back on a firm tight fitting mattress with a fitted sheet.
  3. Positioning devices are unnecessary and can also be deadly.
  4. Always keep ALL cords and monitor parts out of the reach of babies and young children – at least 3 feet away.

Safe to Sleep
So consider newer, safer nursery products that are available and take simple steps to place your baby Safe to Sleep®.

 

 

 

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Home Safe Home for the Holidays

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Stitches, slings, and crutches are not what most people envision for the holiday season. Unfortunately, for about 200 people a day, decoration-related injuries are a reality this time of year. During November and December, an estimated 13,000 consumers are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to holiday lights, Christmas trees, ornaments and other decorations. As consumers nationwide gear up to deck out their homes for the holiday season, CPSC is warning of decorating dangers and providing tips for a safe holiday home.

Holiday ornament

 

Ornaments and Other Decorations – Take special care to avoid sharp, weighted, or breakable decorations. Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children, who could swallow or inhale small pieces. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a child to reach for and swallow them.

 

 

Holiday candle with poinsettia

 

Candles – Keep burning candles in sight, away from places where kids and pets can reach them or knock them over. Lighted candles should be placed away from items that can catch fire, such as trees, other evergreens, decorations, curtains and furniture.

 

 

Colorful holiday lights

 

 

Holiday Lights – Check lights for the mark of an independent safety testing laboratory.  Examine new and old lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Do not use damaged light sets. Read additional tips on holiday lights.

 

 

Decorated Christmas tree and gifts

 

Christmas Trees – Prevent a tree fire. Check for freshness when purchasing a live tree. The needles should be hard to pull from branches and do not break when bent. Preserve the tree while it is in your home by placing it away from heat sources. Each year, there are about 200 fires in which the Christmas tree is the first item ignited. These fires result in an estimated 10 deaths, 20 injuries, and $16 million in property losses.

 

 

Family hanging exterior lights

 

Ladders – Use caution on ladders. Read “Ladder Safety 101” for tips to prevent ladder falls this season.

 

 

 

Baby toys

 

Toys – Play it Safe this holiday season. Avoid toys with small parts for children younger than age 3; purchase toys appropriate for your child’s age by following the age guidelines on the packaging; purchase helmets and other safety gear for ride-on toys; and heed product warnings and care instructions.

 

 

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Protect Young Children from Burns on Glass Fronts of Gas Fireplaces—Use Protective Barriers

If you have one of theseGlass front fireplace without screen

 

and one of these in your house,Woman with young boy

you need to hear about a new way to protect the safety of you and your family.

Starting on January 1, 2015, all new gas fireplaces, and fireplace heaters that vent to the outside, will come with a protective barrier.  This barrier will be there to prevent your child and others from coming into direct contact with the glass front of the fireplace.

Gas fireplace screen

 

Why should you care?

Glass front fireplace injury from burn

You should care because the glass fronts of fireplaces can reach 500° F or even 1,000° F, and children and others can be badly burned by touching the glass.

Severe burns can happen in seconds.

 Glass front fireplace injury from burn

Numerous young children have been burned this way. You can prevent this from happening to your child.
Glass front fireplace injury from burn

Protective barriers will be standard on new gas fireplaces starting on January 1.  Make sure to use the barrier.

If you already have a fireplace, buy a protective retrofit barrier to protect your little ones from being burned. Barriers can include attachable safety screens, safety gates and fireplace safety screens like you see below.  If you choose an attachable safety screen, check with your fireplace manufacturer to get the right one for your fireplace. You can buy safety screen barriers at fireplace retailers and hardware stores and purchase safety gates at big box and/or baby product stores.

Gas fireplace screen  Two young children playing in front of a screened off fireplace  Gas fireplace with screen

In addition to the safety barrier, make sure to supervise young children around the fireplace.

We want to thank the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA), which chaired the voluntary standards committee that developed the new ANSI industry standards requiring barriers. We also want to recognize Dr. Carol Pollack-Nelson, who petitioned CPSC and sparked movement on the voluntary standards to address gas fireplace-related burns to children, and also recognize the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for sharing information with CPSC about the terrible burn injuries children have suffered by touching hot fireplace glass.

The HPBA and AAP have more safety information on their websites. Check them out.

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Check Your Closet for Apparel Recalled Last Summer

Cooler weather means it is time to pull out our jackets, hoodies, boots and sweaters. Here is some apparel you may wear in the winter that has been recalled over the summer months. To check other products for safety issues, go to SaferProducts.gov.

 

Product Recall Press Release Hazard/Remedy Products/Description
Eastman Footwear Recalls Coleman Runestone Children’s Shoes Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Big 5 Sporting Goods. About 12,200 units 14-111 The metal rivets surrounding the holes where the shoestring is secured on the shoes can have sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard. Refund Eastman Footwear Coleman Runestone Children’s Shoes
Eastman Footwear Coleman Runestone Children’s Shoes
BRP Recalls Ski-Doo and Can-Am Lithium-ion Rechargeable Batteries and Heated Gloves Due to Fire Hazard. About 450 in U.S. and 1,200 in Canada 14-115 The glove’s lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Refund BRP Ski-Doo and Can-Am Lithium-ion Rechargeable Batteries and Heated Gloves
BRP Ski-Doo and Can-Am Lithium-ion Rechargeable Batteries and Heated Gloves
BedHead Pajamas Recalls Children’s Pajamas Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard. About 800 units 14-146 The pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children. Refund BedHead Children’s Pajamas
BedHead Children’s Pajamas
Rocky Brands Recalls Georgia Boot Steel-Toed Shoes Due to Compression Hazard. About 6,800 units 14-148 When compressed, the steel toe cap in the shoes can fail to protect the wearer’s feet. Replace Rocky Brands Georgia Boot Steel-Toed Shoes
Rocky Brands Georgia Boot Steel-Toed Shoes
Runway Global Recalls Sugarfly Girls’ Coats; Waist Drawstring Poses Entanglement Hazard. About 1,700 units 14-157 The coats have a drawstring around the neck area which poses a strangulation hazard to children. Refund Runway Global Sugarfly Girls’ Coats
Runway Global Sugarfly Girls’ Coats
FXR Factory Racing Recalls Children’s Outerwear Due to Strangulation Hazard. About 420 units in the U.S. and 34,357 in Canada 14-163 The coats have a drawstring around the neck area which poses a strangulation hazard to children. Refund FXR Factory Racing Children’s Outerwear
FXR Factory Racing Children’s Outerwear
Benetton Recalls United Colors of Benetton Boys Jackets; Waist Drawstring Poses Entanglement Hazard. About 93 units 14-272 The jackets have a drawstring at the waist which poses a strangulation hazard to children. Refund Benetton United Colors of Benetton Boys Jackets
Benetton United Colors of Benetton Boys Jackets
Active Apparel Recalls Boys Fission Zipper Hooded Sweatshirts. About 7,800 units 14-286 The sweatshirts have drawstrings around the neck area which pose a strangulation hazard to children. Refund Active Apparel Recalls Boys Fission Zipper Hooded SweatshirtsActive Apparel Boys Fission Zipper Hooded Sweatshirts
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