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Chris Andresen
CPSC tip-over proposal: Your input is needed

Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) denied an industry request, co-signed by HFA, to extend the comment period for their clothing storage unit tip-over safety standard. Public comments are due to the CPSC by April 19, 2022. It is critical that the furniture retail voice is represented as they

HFA GRAT Blog_CPSC proposal on tip-over safety
Chris Andresen
CPSC proposal on tip-over safety

On January 19th, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously, 4-0, to advance its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) on a mandatory safety standard for Clothing Storage Unit tip-overs. The text in the CPSC proposal was initially published in July 2021, but the Commission did not receive a staff

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GRAT Update: Q1 2021 COVID-19 Recovery

The first quarter of 2021 has been extremely active on many policy, economic, and industry fronts. In many ways, the HFA Government Relations Action Team (GRAT) had a front-row ‘virtual’ seat to the discussions on Capitol Hill and across the country as policymakers, and local leaders continued efforts in the

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Chris Andresen
Annual furniture tip-over report

At the end of January 2021, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released its annual ‘Product Instability or Tip-Over Injuries and Fatalities Associated with Televisions, Furniture, and Appliances: 2020 Report.’ The furniture tip-over report takes an in-depth look at the injuries and fatalities related to tip-overs, which can involve appliances,

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Doug Clark
CPSC continues aggressive recalls

The Consumer Products Safety Commission continues its aggressive push for recalls of furniture products it believes pose danger to children. Most of the products identified are sold online. The latest: Walker Edison Furniture Co. has recalled two models of four-drawer chests, CPSC said in a news release Nov. 4. “The

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Doug Clark
CPSC nominee Nancy Beck falters in Senate hearing

Nancy Beck’s Senate confirmation hearing June 16 turned out badly for her. Beck was nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the Consumer Products Safety Commission. After a Republican member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation declared opposition, however, it appears that confirmation is unlikely. “Dr. Nancy

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Doug Clark
CPSC announces more furniture recalls

The Consumer Products Safety Commission continues to issue recall notices. But it states, “Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time.” If not, the agency recommends that consumers stop using the identified products. Southern Motion

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Doug Clark
Leadership changes could slow CPSC furniture action

A significant and surprising leadership change is coming to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) at a critical time. Commissioners voted 3-2 Sept. 13 to elevate Robert Adler to the post of vice chairman. That puts him in line to follow Ann Marie Buerkle as acting chairman when she steps

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Doug Clark
CPSC testing triggers Kirkland’s recall for tip-over hazard

Two chests of drawers sold by Kirkland’s have been recalled because of safety concerns. “The recalled chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children,” the Consumer Products Safety Commission said it a

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Doug Clark
AHFA Opposes Consumer Reports Recommendation

The American Home Furnishings Alliance was among members of the ASTM Furniture Safety Subcommittee voting against changes to the voluntary furniture stability standard recommended by Consumer Reports magazine here last week. At a May 4 meeting of ASTM’s F15.42 subcommittee, Consumer Reports was invited by subcommittee chairman Richard Rosati to

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