Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Legal Insight for the Retail and Consumer Products Industry

Tag Archives: consumer product

CPSC Reaction to Consumer Misuse – Human Factors Design Process

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
Product liability suits and regulatory product defect enforcement actions associated with consumer foreseeable – and unforeseeable – misuse have become the norm. Consumer product companies can mitigate these risks by focusing on use-related hazards and user-centered designs in an effort to reduce injuries and improve the usability of products. But the real question is how… Continue Reading

Some Assembly Required: When Product Instructions Implicate Legal Concerns

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
I was feeling rather smug, having ordered a children’s product and shipped it home in advance of visiting my parents with my four year old. But as I was congratulating myself on advanced planning, I received a series of emails from my parents. The product required some assembly, and the instructions appeared to be incorrect. I confess my… Continue Reading

Use Foam? You may be subject to a new proposed EPA rule

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Environment & Natural Resources
EPA has proposed a new rule to restrict the use of seven toluene diisocyanates (TDIs) in consumer products.  TDIs are commonly used in the production of polyurethanes found in foams, coatings, elastomers, adhesives and sealants used in consumer products.  Flexible foams (for cushioning) and rigid foams (for insulation) are the chief uses for TDI. Published… Continue Reading

CPSC Approves Publication of Proposed Voluntary Product Recall Rule

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
On November 13, 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 3-1 to publish notice of a proposed interpretive rule that would establish standards for voluntary product recalls, revising 16 CFR part 1115. As approved, the proposed rule, which originally focused on the form and content of recall notice, incorporates several substantive amendments introduced… Continue Reading