Trump’s Consumer Safety Commission Gives Baby Chair Makers a Pass

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Companies Get Another Year to Make and Sell Dangerous High Chairs

Manufacturers of high chairs that killed two children and injured an estimated 49,900 infants and toddlers from 2011 to 2016 will have another year to sell the baby-killing product to unsuspecting parents, thanks to our nation’s agency that is supposed to protect consumers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is being stacked by Trump appointees, voted unanimously to give companies a year to comply with the new standards.

“The implementation date only refers to the date of manufacture, so it will be well over a year before consumers can be sure the product meets this new standard—a whole year of new babies missing out,” said Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids In Danger. “We always look for a shorter implementation time to get the safer products to consumers faster.”

Action Box/What You Can Do About It

Call the commission’s acting chair, Ann Marie Buerkle, at 301-504-7978

Kids In Danger can be reached at 312-595-0649

 

The commission unanimously approved the voluntary standard requiring high chairs to be more stable, have restraint systems and carry warning labels. Common accidents included falls when the child tried to climb into or out of the high chair, the chair tipping over or a restraint, tray or lock of the chair failing.

A 2008 law, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, requires the commission to set safety standards for infant and toddler products. The commission has set safety standards for cribs, baby bath seats, strollers and toddler beds but has yet to set standards for booster seats, changing tables and gates. The section of the law that requires these standards is named after Danny Keysar who strangled to death in 1998 when a portable crib collapsed.

Babies and toddlers are top-heavy with big heads compared to the rest of their bodies and tend to fall headfirst. They are also less able than older children to use their arms to break their falls.

A 2013 study published in Clinical Pediatrics found that closed head injuries, which include concussions and internal injuries, were the most common injuries from high chairs. About 3.1% of children in the study were injured seriously enough to be hospitalized

Since 2015, 48,500 high chairs from three companies have been recalled because of the risk of falls, the most recent in January when Skip Hop Inc. recalled high chairs because the front legs could detach from the seat.

Fifty-nine firms supply high chairs to the U.S. market. About 7 million high chairs are being used.

Featured image: This photo, taken from the Skip Hop website, shows the Tuo Convertible High Chair, which has been recalled.

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Attention Parents: Republicans Take Control of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

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And the First Item on Their Agenda? Loosening Toy Regulations.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is giving toy manufacturers more time to comment on guidelines to help protect our nation’s children from dangerous toys just two weeks after the Senate confirmed a commissioner who represented a toy company that violated a federal lead paint ban.

The Senate voted 50-45 in May to confirm Ohio attorney Dana Baiocco despite her refusal to fully recuse herself from matters involving Mattel and two other companies she represented.

Baiocco’s confirmation ends Democratic dominance of the commission. A fifth commission seat remains vacant. Trump nominated attorney Peter Feldman, a Senate staffer, on Monday for that position. The Senate has yet to act on the nomination of the commission’s acting chair Ann Marie Buerkle.

On Tuesday, the commission gave toy manufacturers and others until July 31 to comment on proposed guidelines for what toys are appropriate at different ages. Only two people had commented by Tuesday.

The proposed guidelines include toys such as play touchscreen phones, suction cup building pieces, wooden trains and magnetic puzzles. The original age guidelines are from 2002.

Action Box/What You Can Do About It

Comment online about the proposed guidelines for toys or mail them to Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 820, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, Md. 20814. Please use the identification number Docket No. CPSC-2018-0006.

Call the commission’s acting chair, Ann Marie Buerkle, at 301-504-7978

Contact members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation who will vote on the nominations of Buerkle and Peter Feldman.

Kids In Danger can be reached at 312-595-0649.

 

In 2016, seven children were killed in toy-related deaths, and hospital emergency departments treated an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries.

Two boys were struck by motor vehicles while riding their tricycles, a 2-year-old being pulled in a wagon was hit by a pickup truck, a 6-year-old boy drowned while apparently trying to retrieve a ball, and a 9-year-old boy drowned while playing with dive toys. An 8-year-old girl suffocated on a balloon, and an infant choked on a rubber ball.

“Choking on small parts of toys and other consumer products is one of the leading causes of death and injury for infants and toddlers,” said Nancy Cowles, the executive director of Kids in Danger, a Chicago nonprofit.

The Toy Industry Association spent $399,269 on federal lobbying last year.

Baiocco was one of the attorneys who represented Mattel, Inc. in lawsuits and regulatory actions about toys that contained lead paint. Mattel and its Fisher-Price subsidiary were fined $2.3 million in 2009 for knowingly importing and selling toys with lead paint. Mattel recalled millions of Chinese-manufactured toys in 2007 for lead paint contamination and unsafe small parts.

In 2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act which limited lead content in children’s products.

Baiocco told the Senate Commerce Committee during her confirmation hearing that she would not agree to recuse herself from issues that affect Mattel and two other companies she has represented.

“I think before I can make that decision, I need to know what is before the Commission, whether I have any conflict regarding that issue,” Baiocco said.

Toy sales in the U.S., the world’s largest toy market, topped $20 billion last year. Mattel lost $1.1 billion as sales fell 11% to $4.9 billion.

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Attention Parents: Republicans Take Control of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Read more of this story here from DCReport.org by David Crook.

And the First Item on Their Agenda? Loosening Toy Regulations.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is giving toy manufacturers more time to comment on guidelines to help protect our nation’s children from dangerous toys just two weeks after the Senate confirmed a commissioner who represented a toy company that violated a federal lead paint ban.

The Senate voted 50-45 in May to confirm Ohio attorney Dana Baiocco despite her refusal to fully recuse herself from matters involving Mattel and two other companies she represented.

Baiocco’s confirmation ends Democratic dominance of the commission. A fifth commission seat remains vacant. Trump nominated attorney Peter Feldman, a Senate staffer, on Monday for that position. The Senate has yet to act on the nomination of the commission’s acting chair Ann Marie Buerkle.

On Tuesday, the commission gave toy manufacturers and others until July 31 to comment on proposed guidelines for what toys are appropriate at different ages. Only two people had commented by Tuesday.

The proposed guidelines include toys such as play touchscreen phones, suction cup building pieces, wooden trains and magnetic puzzles. The original age guidelines are from 2002.

Action Box/What You Can Do About It

Comment online about the proposed guidelines for toys or mail them to Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 820, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, Md. 20814. Please use the identification number Docket No. CPSC-2018-0006.

Call the commission’s acting chair, Ann Marie Buerkle, at 301-504-7978

Contact members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation who will vote on the nominations of Buerkle and Peter Feldman.

Kids In Danger can be reached at 312-595-0649.

 

In 2016, seven children were killed in toy-related deaths, and hospital emergency departments treated an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries.

Two boys were struck by motor vehicles while riding their tricycles, a 2-year-old being pulled in a wagon was hit by a pickup truck, a 6-year-old boy drowned while apparently trying to retrieve a ball, and a 9-year-old boy drowned while playing with dive toys. An 8-year-old girl suffocated on a balloon, and an infant choked on a rubber ball.

“Choking on small parts of toys and other consumer products is one of the leading causes of death and injury for infants and toddlers,” said Nancy Cowles, the executive director of Kids in Danger, a Chicago nonprofit.

The Toy Industry Association spent $399,269 on federal lobbying last year.

Baiocco was one of the attorneys who represented Mattel, Inc. in lawsuits and regulatory actions about toys that contained lead paint. Mattel and its Fisher-Price subsidiary were fined $2.3 million in 2009 for knowingly importing and selling toys with lead paint. Mattel recalled millions of Chinese-manufactured toys in 2007 for lead paint contamination and unsafe small parts.

In 2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act which limited lead content in children’s products.

Baiocco told the Senate Commerce Committee during her confirmation hearing that she would not agree to recuse herself from issues that affect Mattel and two other companies she has represented.

“I think before I can make that decision, I need to know what is before the Commission, whether I have any conflict regarding that issue,” Baiocco said.

Toy sales in the U.S., the world’s largest toy market, topped $20 billion last year. Mattel lost $1.1 billion as sales fell 11% to $4.9 billion.

Read more

Attention Parents: Republicans Take Control of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Read more of this story here from DCReport.org by David Crook.

And the First Item on Their Agenda? Loosening Toy Regulations.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is giving toy manufacturers more time to comment on guidelines to help protect our nation’s children from dangerous toys just two weeks after the Senate confirmed a commissioner who represented a toy company that violated a federal lead paint ban.

The Senate voted 50-45 in May to confirm Ohio attorney Dana Baiocco despite her refusal to fully recuse herself from matters involving Mattel and two other companies she represented.

Baiocco’s confirmation ends Democratic dominance of the commission. A fifth commission seat remains vacant. Trump nominated attorney Peter Feldman, a Senate staffer, on Monday for that position. The Senate has yet to act on the nomination of the commission’s acting chair Ann Marie Buerkle.

On Tuesday, the commission gave toy manufacturers and others until July 31 to comment on proposed guidelines for what toys are appropriate at different ages. Only two people had commented by Tuesday.

The proposed guidelines include toys such as play touchscreen phones, suction cup building pieces, wooden trains and magnetic puzzles. The original age guidelines are from 2002.

Action Box/What You Can Do About It

Comment online about the proposed guidelines for toys or mail them to Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 820, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, Md. 20814. Please use the identification number Docket No. CPSC-2018-0006.

Call the commission’s acting chair, Ann Marie Buerkle, at 301-504-7978

Contact members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation who will vote on the nominations of Buerkle and Peter Feldman.

Kids In Danger can be reached at 312-595-0649.

 

In 2016, seven children were killed in toy-related deaths, and hospital emergency departments treated an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries.

Two boys were struck by motor vehicles while riding their tricycles, a 2-year-old being pulled in a wagon was hit by a pickup truck, a 6-year-old boy drowned while apparently trying to retrieve a ball, and a 9-year-old boy drowned while playing with dive toys. An 8-year-old girl suffocated on a balloon, and an infant choked on a rubber ball.

“Choking on small parts of toys and other consumer products is one of the leading causes of death and injury for infants and toddlers,” said Nancy Cowles, the executive director of Kids in Danger, a Chicago nonprofit.

The Toy Industry Association spent $399,269 on federal lobbying last year.

Baiocco was one of the attorneys who represented Mattel, Inc. in lawsuits and regulatory actions about toys that contained lead paint. Mattel and its Fisher-Price subsidiary were fined $2.3 million in 2009 for knowingly importing and selling toys with lead paint. Mattel recalled millions of Chinese-manufactured toys in 2007 for lead paint contamination and unsafe small parts.

In 2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act which limited lead content in children’s products.

Baiocco told the Senate Commerce Committee during her confirmation hearing that she would not agree to recuse herself from issues that affect Mattel and two other companies she has represented.

“I think before I can make that decision, I need to know what is before the Commission, whether I have any conflict regarding that issue,” Baiocco said.

Toy sales in the U.S., the world’s largest toy market, topped $20 billion last year. Mattel lost $1.1 billion as sales fell 11% to $4.9 billion.

Read more