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Update: Toyota Class Action Lawsuit

On August 2nd, the Plaintiffs in a proposed class action filed an amended complaint alleging Toyota vehicle defects caused sudden and unintended acceleration problems. (In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practice, and Products Liability Litigation, C.D. Cal., No. 8:10ML151) The complaint alleges...

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Canada Introduces Product Safety Legislation

On June 9th, Canada introduced the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (bill C-36) in the House of Commons. The bill would modernize Canada’s 40 year-old existing consumer product laws and would give the government more oversight and enforcement power. Bill C-36 amends the schedule of...

LOWER LEAD LIMITS COMING IN AUGUST FOR CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS

****STEPS YOU NEED TO TAKE TO GET READY**** The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”) provides that, as of August 14, 2011, children’s products may not contain more than 100 parts per million (“ppm”) of lead unless the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) determines that...

Recent Cadmium Recalls Spark Concern and Legislation

On Tuesday, July 13, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a voluntary recall in cooperation with Tween Brands, Inc. of about 137,000 pieces of children’s jewelry containing high levels of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal. Tween Brands owns Justice, the clothing store for...

Wal-Mart Cracks Down on Cadmium

Wal-Mart announced last month that it has begun testing many of the children’s products it sells for cadmium. According to the company’s April 26, 2010 announcement, “all toys, child care articles, children’s costume jewelry and children’s jewelry craft making kits” will be tested for cadmium...

Overview of the CPSC Proposed Product Testing Rules

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is in the process of implementing requirements for the testing of consumer products. The rules would require reasonable testing for non-children’s products, independent laboratory testing for children’s products, and labeling products to indicate compliance. The rules would implement Section...

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CPSC Issues Proposed Rule for Testing Component Parts of Consumer Products

On April 1, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a draft notice of proposed rulemaking for a rule that would impose requirements for testing component parts of consumer products. Specifically, the proposed rule would establish requirements for how persons issuing certificates under section...

What is a Children’s Product?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) this week proposed a new interpretive rule setting forth the factors the agency will use to determine if a consumer product is a “children’s product.” This guidance is needed so that companies will know what safety standards and regulations...