President Obama recently nominated Ann Marie Buerkle, a former Republican Congresswoman from Syracuse, NY, to serve as a Commissioner on the CPSC. This nomination comes more than a year and a half after Obama nominated Democrat Marietta Robinson to serve as a Commissioner for the other open seat on the Commission. The confirmation for Robinson had been stalled, but now that Obama has nominated a Commissioner to fill the open Republican seat, conventional wisdom is that the Senate will move forward and confirm both nominees in the near future. If both Buerkle and Robinson are confirmed, there will be 3 Democrats and 2 Republican Commissioners. Republican Nancy Nord’s term expires in October, so Obama will soon have a chance in the near future to nominate another Republican to the Commission. (By statute, the Commission has three spots for members of the President’s party and two seats for the other party). It will be interesting to see how these new Commissioners impact the direction of the CPSC.

Voluntary Recalls Announced by the CPSC in May 2013

NUMBER OF RECALLS BY PRODUCT CATEGORY

Child/Infant – 6          Appliance – 5             Furniture – 3        Housewares – 2

Sporting Goods – 2   Yard Equipment – 2   Vehicle – 1

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The following civil penalty was announced by the CPSC in May 2013.

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