Entries in CPSC (5)


CPSC Finds Laundry Packets Harmful to Children

ABC News(NEW YORK) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, has announced Tuesday that parents should beware of the chemicals in single laundry load packets, as they have been found harmful to children.

Researchers have learned that in 2012 alone, there have been about 500 incidents involving children who have been found injured from playing with the laundry packets, usually by biting into the products. Those who ingested the packets were rushed to the hospital because of side effects such as loss of consciousness, vomiting, and difficulty breathing properly.

One reason children may be attracted to playing with laundry packets is that they are colorful and soft to the touch, resembling a toy or a teething item.

The CPSC recommends keeping the packets locked up and at a safe distance from their children.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Company Recalls Children's Beds in Light of Suspected Death

Image of Peapod Travel Bed Courtesy CPSC(WASHINGTON) – A children’s furniture company is cooperating with the  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in announcing a voluntary recall of several of its products after the discovery of its possible involvement with one death and multiple cases of injury.

KidCo Inc. is recalling about 220,000 of its PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds, which are small, mobile sleeping tents for infants and young toddlers. It has been determined that children who use the beds could easily roll off the edge of the mattresses and getting stuck between the mattress and the sides of the tent, putting them in danger of suffocation.

According to reports from the CPSC, a five-month-old boy was found dead inside one of the beds in December 2011. However, the exact cause of death was not determined. There have also been nine more reported situations of children became stuck and “experienced physical distress” in the beds.

The products were manufactured in China, and have been selling at boutiques and specialty stores across the country, in addition to being made available on for the past seven years. The beds cost between 70 and 100 dollars.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Is Proposed Recall on Magnet Toys Unfair?

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Buckyballs, a toy made up of small magnetic beads that can be molded into different shapes, is one of the most popular office toys on the market.

Marketed to adults as a stress reliever and a cure for cubicle boredom, more than two million Buckyballs have been sold in the United States. The beads are shiny, sculptural and irresistible to play with, but they can also be dangerous.

At just 20 months old, Presley Bjarnson was hospitalized after he swallowed 18 Buckyball beads last month. His mother, Laura Bjarnson, who said she never saw the warning labels on the toy's packaging, had accidentally left the toy out where Presley could reach it.

When she discovered Presley with the toy, Bjarnson said she didn't know at the time if her son had swallowed the magnets. But Bjarnson, who is a registered nurse, took Presley to the pediatrician the following day as a precaution. An X-ray showed a ring of 18 Buckyballs lodged in his stomach.

As these high-power magnetic beads travel through the body, doctors say they can stick together, pinching tissue and ultimately puncturing holes in the thin intestinal lining.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Presley is just one of an estimated 1,700 people who have been hospitalized in the past three years after ingesting these kinds of magnets. As a result, the CPSC is demanding that Buckyballs and several high-power magnetic toys from other companies be recalled immediately.

But Buckyballs CEO Craig Zucker is not willing to give in.

"This is the first time in 11 years a company has said to the commission, 'We don't agree a recall is necessary,'" he said.

The company is challenging the proposed ban because, Zucker argues, Buckyballs are not defective and they are marketed as an office toy, clearly not intended for or marketed to children.

"We're not in Happy Meals. We're not on Saturday morning cartoons. We're in adult stores … places you would go to find something for your dad on Father's Day," Zucker said.

By demanding he stop selling his product, Zucker believes the CPSC has gone too far. In the wake of the proposed ban, he launched an online campaign called "Save Our Balls," which has sparked a national debate on the role of big government.

Zucker said his company has tried to reach a compromise with the government. Namely, he has taken steps to educate consumers about magnet safety and pointed out that Buckyballs packaging carries clear warnings to parents.

"[Warning labels are] on the top, the side, the carrying case. It's on the instructions," he said. "I would say it's impossible to miss the warnings. They're all over the place."

But the CPSC said these warning labels do not go far enough because they don't "travel with the product," meaning once the toy is removed from the packaging, there is nothing to expose its potential dangers or stop children from "facing serious injuries."

Presley Bjarnson, who was eventually rushed to the hospital where doctors were able to remove the 18 Buckyballs without major surgery, has since made a full recovery.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission wants to regulate the production of future magnetic office toy products to make them safer by making magnets larger, so they are more difficult to swallow, and less powerful.

In the meantime, they are determined to get all existing toys out of kids' hands and off store shelves as soon as possible.

For now, Buckyballs can still be purchased in specialty stores and on the company's website. Zucker said he is holding out hope for a compromise.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Government Issues Warning on Use of Water Walking Balls

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning Thursday, urging consumers to stay away from water walking balls, a popular recreational activity that encapsules people into giant inflatable spheres and lets them tread over water.

The commission essentially called the balls a death trap, saying, "We do not know of a safe way to use this product."  They said a combination of health risks could result from the product, including suffocation, drowning and impact injuries.

The CPSC said it's aware of two incidents involving recreational activity -- one in which a child was found unresponsive after being inside the sphere for a brief time, and another in which a person suffered a fracture when the ball fell and hit the ground.

Several states have already banned or refused to provide permits for the water walking balls, and now the commission is pushing for a nationwide ban.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


FDA & CPSC Warn Consumers: Stop Using Infant Sleep Positioners

Photo Courtesy -- -- Wednesday in a press release, two federal agencies advised consumers "to stop using infant sleep positioners."  The statement on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said they had received "12 reports of infants between the ages of one month and four months who died when they suffocated in sleep positioners or became trapped and suffocated between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet."  “The deaths and dangerous situations resulting from the use of infant sleep positioners are a serious concern to CPSC,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “We urge parents and caregivers to take our warning seriously and stop using these sleep positioners, so that children can have a safer sleep.”  CPSC is interested in receiving incident or injury reports related to these products. Visit to file a report.

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