This edition marks the first time that Vehicles were the most-recalled product category for the month. And although children’s products are usually the most recalled product category, they were the third category for last month behind Vehicles and Tools/ Hardware.

As we have reported in the past, two of the five commissioner spots at the CPSC are currently vacant. The democrat that was nominated by President Obama for one of these open seats in January 2012 was re-nominated in January 2013, but so far, there has been no action on her nomination and the President has yet to nominate someone for the other vacant seat (which by statute, must be filled by a Republican so that there are no more than 3 commissioners of one party). On the heels of these openings, Chairman Tenenbaum announced during her keynote address at the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s annual meeting in Washington, DC that she will not seek re-nomination when her term expires in October. Commissioners may serve for one additional year beyond their term if their seat is not filled, so there is little likelihood that the Commission will be down to two commissioners if the two existing vacancies are not filled by the time Tenenbaum’s term expires in October. Nevertheless, these vacancies may bring about a change in the agenda and priorities of the Commission, as up to three new Commissioners could be confirmed in the next 18 months. The Snapshot will continue to monitor the nominations to help you stay on top of these big changes on the horizon.

Voluntary Recalls Announced by the CPSC in February 2013


Vehicles – 5        Tools/Hardware – 4    Child/Infant – 3    Housewares – 3

Appliances – 2    Sporting Goods – 6    Electronics – 1     Furniture – 1

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There were no civil penalties announced by the CPSC in February 2013.

Correction: Last month, we stated that there were no civil penalties announced by the CPSC in January 2013. The following civil penalty was announced by the CPSC in January 2013:

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