Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Eddie Bauer play yard with rocking bassinet recalled

Dorel Juvenile Group announced the recall of 71,000 Eddie Bauer South and Sway Play Yards with rocking bassinets. The bassinets, in either the rocking or locked mode can tilt, tipping the baby into one side, posing a suffocation risk. There have been 10 reports of babies rolling to one side, including a report of a baby found purple and out of breath.

Consumers should stop using this product and follow the instructions at the recall website for a $40 voucher for a new Dorel product.

KID is concerned that parents who bought this product for the bassinet feature are left without a real remedy since $40 won't replace the product. But the risk to the baby is too great to continue using the bassinet, so we urge parents to use their crib or another bassinet.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Contaminated face paint recalled

The FDA has recalled face paint sold through the Oriental Trading Company after numerous users suffered 'adverse events' -- rashes, itchiness, burning sensation, and swelling where the face paints were applied. Significant microbial contamination was indicated in most of the products in testing by an FDA laboratory.

The Face Paints were manufactured by Shanghai Color Art Stationery Company Limited, in China and are being voluntarily recalled by Fun Express Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oriental Trading Company.

CPSC signs lease on new testing facility

The CPSC has signed a lease on a new facility to bring all their engineers and scientific staff together under one roof. The new facility, in Rockville, MD, will open gradually over the next year.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New Chair, commissioner for CPSC, more money

This morning, President Obama nominated Inez Moore Tenenbaum to be the new chair of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Tenenbaum is the former state superintendent of Education for South Carolina and was the Democratic candidate for US Senate when Senator Hollings retired. That seat was won by Jim DeMint, one of the three nay votes on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

Obama also raised the CPSC budget to $107 million and appointed Bob Adler, of University of North Carolina, to an open Commissioner spot on the CPSC. CPSC had been operating with only two commissioners out of a possible five.

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