“It has been my privilege to work with an extremely dedicated CPSC staff.”
Considered a fierce advocate for the consumer and CPSC staff, Commissioner Thomas Hill Moore was the longest serving Commissioner in agency history. Moore served on the Commission from 1995 until 2011. During his tenure, he also served as Acting Chairman on two occasions. His dedication, especially to the safety of children, was recognized by both sides of the aisle, as he was appointed by a Democratic President and reappointed by a Republican President.
Before coming to the CPSC, Moore served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator John Breaux and was the principle adviser on commerce, finance and trade policy matters. He also served as the dean at the University of Florida College of Law, which is where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1974.
Moore is remembered as an authentic and passionate man whose leadership and legislative proposal was instrumental to Congress passing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). SaferProducts.gov, CPSC’s modern testing and evaluation center, and increased import surveillance were all supported by Commissioner Moore and in effect today. His commitment to consumer safety and to CPSC continues to be admired and respected.
Thank you, Mr. Thomas Hill Moore.
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“I will devote my full energies to ensuring that the Commission enforces the product safety laws…”
Mrs. Jacqueline Jones-Smith was confirmed by the Senate in 1989 to serve as the sixth Chairman in the Commission’s history. During her tenure, she led an effort to ban infant cushions involved in the deaths of several children. Jones-Smith directed agency staff to work closely with industry on voluntary standards for chain saws and hair dryers and nearly 60 million products that were defective or violated a standard were recalled during her tenure.
Before taking over as Chairman, Jones-Smith was an attorney with the Federal Election Commission, doing litigation before the U.S. appellate courts. Jones-Smith is a disciplined leader who made it her mission to contribute her efforts to the safety of all consumers.
Thank you, Mrs. Jacqueline Jones-Smith.
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The breadth of Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong’s accomplishments exemplified her ability to break down racial and gender barriers. In 1970, she became the first African American policewoman, and one of only seven policewomen in the Oakland, California police department. Three years later, she advocated for and was instrumental in the creation of equal hiring practices for women in the City of Oakland Police Department.
From 1983 to 1986, Armstrong held a number of positions at CPSC, including Commissioner and Vice-Chairman. Armstrong’s intellect, drive and attitude made her a change agent during her short time on the Commission. Her focus was on federal policy over consumer products, as well as the relationship between federal policymakers and state and local officials and standards development organizations.
“My sincere hope is that I can help foster a greater cooperative working relationship between the CPSC and the numerous state and local agencies…secondly, I would hope to foster and further encourage the voluntary standard process in a joint and non-adversarial way…”
-November 21, 1983
On June 21, 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed Armstrong to the United States District Court. With her appointment, she became the first African American woman to serve on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Armstrong is remembered by former Commission members as having a spirit of service and using her legal, law enforcement and product safety experiences to fight for equality.
Thank you, Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong.
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Mrs. Edith Barksdale Sloan was described as very sweet, articulate and frank when it came to the work that needed to be done on behalf of consumers. “We’re here in the business to protect consumers from unreasonable risk of injury,” Sloan said in her statements upon election as Vice-Chairman in 1978.
Before her appointment by President Jimmy Carter to the Commission, Sloan led the D.C. Office of Consumer Protection in its efforts to recall pajamas treated with a flame-retardant chemical, Tris, a suspected carcinogen. Her prior experience in regulating Tris was vital to CPSC as the Commission banned it in 1977 as a treatment in children’s sleepwear.
Children’s pajamas and flame retardants were not her only areas of concern. In a CPSC statement in 1978, Sloan said that she was “especially concerned about injuries caused when children play upon public playground equipment in the parks and school yards of this country.”
After her tenure with CPSC, she spent time with the Washington, D.C. Law Firm of Fortas, Prokop and Hardman. She also served on the D.C. Consumer Claims Arbitration Board during the 1980s.
As a humanitarian, activist and lawyer, Sloan used her abilities and experience to educate and protect consumers from chemicals, flammable children’s clothing and other child dangers in and around the home.
Thank you, Mrs. Edith Barksdale Sloan.
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(Corbis Images: Thaddeus Garrett showing Shirley Chisholm a report, 1971)
A genuine man with a love for God and public service, Reverend, Dr. Thaddeus Garrett Jr., served as a Commissioner and Vice-Chairman from 1976 to 1977. Although his time on the Commission was short, his positivity and hard work helped to keep the Commission together.
Before his appointment to CPSC, Garrett was a Special Assistant to former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and Chief Assistant to former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. Once his role at CPSC ended, he was elected to the State Board of Education of Ohio where he served seven years, resigning to become Commissioner on the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
In addition to his positions in product safety and international trade, Garrett was an ordained minister who served his lifelong church, Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Akron, Ohio, as the associate minister. He was also named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine of 1981.
Garrett loved working at CPSC and serving the people of Ohio. Throughout his distinguished career, he was a genuine and faithful public servant.
Thank you, Dr. Thaddeus Garrett Jr.
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Once the newly formed Consumer Product Safety Commission opened its doors in 1973, there was an immediate need for distinguished leadership, passion, and experience at the agency. Mrs. Constance B. Newman was a perfect fit for the job. She and David Pittle, Barbara Hackman Franklin, Lawrence M. Kushner, and Richard O. Simpson, were the “starting five” Commissioners.
Newman served as a Commissioner and Vice Chairman from 1973 through 1976. She is best known by her former colleagues as a passionate woman who focused on a broad range of product safety issues and took seriously her leadership role in a new and emerging agency.
Before her time with CPSC, Mrs. Newman was the Director of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Her extensive experience in developing and managing policies and programs for the federal government, the District of Columbia, and international organizations contributed greatly to serving minority and vulnerable populations, including African Americans and Native Americans.
As an Assistant Director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Newman focused on consumer issues for Native Americans and the elderly. She later co-founded the Newman and Hermanson Company, a consulting firm specializing in government regulatory procedures.
Newman’s time and dedication to consumer safety is remembered and appreciated.
Thank you, Mrs. Constance B. Newman.
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Henry Aaron Hill: Keeping us safe from flammability hazards before there was a CPSC
Before the Consumer Product Safety Commission was created, there first was the National Commission on Product Safety, established in 1967. This is where we meet Mr. Henry Aaron Hill.
Hill was a pioneer in chemistry, focusing on polymer and fabric flammability. Hill helped birth the new polymer-products industry that introduced familiar products such as nylon and Teflon.
After forming his own company, National Polychemicals, Inc., Hill was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to serve on the National Commission on Product Safety where he and the Commission recommended the creation of an independent federal regulatory agency to serve as an advocate for the consumer. Hill and the Commission also recommended that the new agency have the authority to issue mandatory safety standards for consumer products.
Hill’s passion for consumer safety and government accountability show in his comments about the Flammable Fabrics Act in 1970:
“The Federal Government’s approach to the problem has been ‘piecemeal, narrowly conceived and…highly ineffective.’ Since the 1967 fabrics law was passed, no new flammability standards have been promulgated. The [Health, Education, and Welfare] HEW Department has produced only one of the required annual reports to the President and Congress, and that was a year late. The Government continues to purchase flammable fabrics and clothing for its own use. Mandatory Federal standards for selected fabric items are necessary and long overdue.”
Following Hill’s time with the Commission, he became the first African American to be elected president of the American Chemical Society, an organization of chemistry and science professionals. With his vast knowledge of chemicals used in consumer products, Hill made a remarkable contribution to the safety of the African American community and the nation.
Thank you, Mr. Henry Aaron Hill.
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Headlines like these stream across the Internet and appear on TV almost weekly. But, hearing or seeing a media headline about a product recall is different than getting a direct notice from a recalling company.
Here at CPSC, we know that direct notice—whether it be a phone call, an email, or a letter—is the best way to encourage you to take advantage of a recall to repair, replace, or refund. And, one of the best tools that companies can use to reach you in the event of a recall is product registration cards.
Thanks to the “Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act,” today’s registration cards for infant and toddler products are not to be used for marketing. The information requested, including the brand and model of the product and your e-mail address, must only be used to notify you in the event of a recall.
These registration cards can help improve the effectiveness of recalls, which is a challenge that our Chairman recently discussed with ABC News. So we have a simple but important message to deliver to parents, childcare centers and other businesses: when you purchase a juvenile product, fill out the card.
Whether you use the card that comes with the product or register online, our message is the same: take the time to fill it out.
Success in this effort will mean that babies, toddlers, and young children will not be exposed to dangerous or defective products after they have been recalled. Parents, caregivers, and businesses will be notified, they will respond, and we will prevent a tragedy like the one that happened to Danny Keysar.
CPSC is not alone is spreading the word about registration cards. The Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association has a valuable campaign called, “It’s not hard! Fill out the card!” Please check out their materials at: http://jpma.org/content/parents/registration-cards. Also, Kids In Danger and the Consumer Federation of America have teamed up to provide families with a list of manufacturers that have product registration pages online: www.kidsindanger.org/productregistration.
In recent years, a new generation of safer juvenile products—including cribs, play yards, bassinets, strollers, and infant carriers—have entered the marketplace, thanks to new federal safety standards. But, there is still the occasional recall of an infant or baby product. To make sure you are notified in such a situation, you should fill out the card!]]>
Winter weather can knock 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.)]]>
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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。
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。
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。”
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。”]]>
Last 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.”]]>
Here’s what CPSC has been doing to help keep babies safe:
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.
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:
So consider newer, safer nursery products that are available and take simple steps to place your baby Safe to Sleep®.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ladders – Use caution on ladders. Read “Ladder Safety 101” for tips to prevent ladder falls this season.
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.