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Buckyballs Maker Appeals to Obama for Help

Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission thinks Buckyballs are so dangerous that the agency did something a few days ago that it hasn’t done in 11 years: it sued the maker of the adult toy to have them removed from the market.

On Thursday morning, Craig Zucker, the CEO and founder of Buckyballs, took out a full page ad in the Washington Post, asking President Obama to intervene.

“Dear President Obama, I know that you support small business and now I need your help to save ours from being shut down by the CPSC,” Zucker wrote in the open letter.

Buckyballs are very tiny and very powerful magnets.  Young children sometimes think they are candy and try to eat them.  Older children who want tongue piercings without actually getting their tongues pierced, place one on the top of the tongue and another on the bottom.  But when they get loose, they can travel through the body, tearing holes in the walls of the intestines and ripping the lining of the stomach.

Buckyballs do carry very powerful warnings, but the CPSC says that is not enough.  A group of doctors recently showed some members of Congress pictures of the damage they can do to bodies of young people.  They strongly support the ban.

But Zucker says to the president, “It feels unfair, unjust and well, just un-American.  We will Fight Back Vigorously.  But we could sure use your help!”

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CPSC Reissues Recall on over 985,000 Delta Drop-Side Cribs

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is once again recalling drop-side cribs made by Delta Enterprise Corp. after learning that a seven-month-old girl from Colorado became entrapped and suffocated in her recalled crib in 2009.

The latest recall affects more than 985,000 cribs and is a reissue of the original recall from October 2008.  It includes 49 models with "Crib Trigger Lock with Safety Peg" drop-side hardware.

The affected cribs were made in Taiwan and Indonesia and sold at major retailers like Kmart, Target and Walmart between January 1995 and December 2005.

The CPSC warns that missing safety pegs can cause the crib's drop-side rail to disengage from the track, creating a hazardous space in which an infant can become entrapped and suffocate.´╗┐

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Is Consumer Product Safety Testing Stifling Job Growth?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans Thursday took aim at recently enacted consumer product safety regulations, saying they caused unintended consequences -- creating a burden on small businesses and stifling job creation. The target of their complaint is The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008.

"For thousands of businesses, who strive to be responsible, let's do what's best for consumers. CPSIA has consumed an inordinate amount of their time trying to understand how each new regulation and standard will affect them," Chairman Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif, said. "Unfortunately, many have gone out of business, attributing their demise to some of the burdens of compliance with the many provisions of the new law."

Representatives from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and various small businesses and manufacturers testified before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

CPSC commissioner Anne Northup, a Republican appointed to the commission by President Obama, argued that third-party testing requirements mandated by the CPSIA for leading in products had a negative impact on small businesses and job growth.

"It has been shocking to me the number of businesses that we have entirely caused to go out of business, the number of businesses that have left children's product arena completely because of this bill, the number of choices that parents no longer have," Northup said.

According to Northup, businesses have told the CPSC that testing requirements "stifle innovation and product variety by erecting significant cost barriers to adding to toys new accessories, new colors, or other variations."

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum defended the CPSC's implementation of the CPSIA thus far to ensure safety standards are maintained for consumer products. Democrats joined the praise for the law, calling it a vast improvement from the consumer product safety bills in years past.

"The bottom line issue of protecting consumers and particularly children -- that is the proper role of government," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. "That is our proper role that we will exert today. We're going to protect our consumers and our children."

In March, the CPSC is set to unveil a publicly searchable database, mandated by the 2008 law, which will allow consumers to check the safety of products on the market and submit independent claims about products.

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