Product Safety

CPSC Recalls More Than 500,000 Hoverboards
July 6, 2016 at 3:38 pm

In February, we reported that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) had ruled every hoverboard unsafe. Now, the CPSC has gone one step further and recalled more than 500,000 hoverboards due to fire hazards and…

3M Promotional Products Recalls Hard Hats
June 23, 2016 at 3:48 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that 3M Promotional Products, North Mankato, Minn., is recalling its Vented Hard Hats because the items, intended to protect against electric shock, do not provide adequate protection. The hard hats are white,…

Global Trends in Product Transparency
June 10, 2016 at 5:28 pm

On November 23, 2015, the world’s largest food manufacturer, Nestle, disclosed publicly that slave labor was being used to produce its seafood sourced from its supply chain in Thailand. An investigation had shown that Thai fishing operators lured migrant with false promises. The migrants were sold systematically and then kept in bondage and degrading conditions…

Debco Recalls Mugs Due to Laceration, Burn Hazard
June 6, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Debco, Concord, Ontario, announced that it is recalling its Tonal Thirst Mug because the handle may break off when in use. Debco recommended in a press release that end-users immediately stop using the mugs and contact their…

Teavana Submits $3.75M Offer to Resolve CPSC Civil Penalty
June 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Last week, the CPSC announced that Teavana has agreed to pay a $3.75 million civil penalty because the company failed to report that some of its glass tea tumblers posted a safety risk to consumers, according to The National Law Review. However, the CPSC has not released a…

Mayborn USA Recalls Cups Due to Risk of Mold Exposure
May 31, 2016 at 5:54 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Mayborn USA, Norwood, Mass., is recalling 3.1 million Tommee Tippee Sippee spill-proof cups due to a risk of mold exposure. According to CPSC, mold…

Coleman Recalls Flashlights Due to Fire Hazard
April 15, 2016 at 5:21 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Coleman, Wichita, Kan., is recalling its CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlights due to a fire hazard. The CPSC reported that the flashlights' batteries can overheat and ignite. The recall…

Ivanka Trump-branded Scarves Recalled Due to Flammability Risk
April 8, 2016 at 5:57 pm

On Wednesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that GBG Accessories Group recalled two styles of Ivanka Trump-branded scarves because they do not meet federal flammability standards for clothing materials and pose a risk of burning. The…

CPSC Hands Down Record $15.45M Penalty
March 30, 2016 at 5:56 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced last week that Gree Electric Appliances Inc., Zhuhai, China; Hong Kong Gree Electrical Appliances Sales Co. Ltd., Hong Kong; and Gree USA Sales Ltd., City of Industry, Calif., (Gree) will pay a $15.45 million civil penalty to the government for failure to report defective dehumidifiers. This is a…

Zen Magnets Loses Federal Court Case
March 25, 2016 at 2:24 pm

A federal judge ordered Boulder, Colorado-based Zen Magnets to cease selling and recall the company's small magnets capable of causing fatal injuries if swallowed, according to BizWest. Marketed as "sculptural" desk toys, the magnets retail in large sets of hundreds. According to the Consumer Product Safety…