All Fiscal Year 1998 News Releases

A complete list of all news releases from fiscal year 1998.
  • February 01, 1999

    CPSC Issues New Safety Standard for Bike Helmets

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously today to issue a new federal safety standard for bike helmets. The new standard will for the first time provide one uniform mandatory safety standard that all bike helmets must meet. About 900 people, including more than 200 children, are killed annually in bicycle-related incidents, and about 60 percent of these deaths involve a head injury. In addition, more than 500,000 people are treated annually in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries. Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.

  • September 24, 1998

    CPSC, Urges Seasonal Furnace Inspection, Replacement of Recalled Vent Pipes to Prevent CO Poisonings

    As the home heating season approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to have a professional inspection of all fuel- burning appliances -- including furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, clothes dryers and space heaters -- to detect deadly carbon monoxide (CO) leaks.

  • September 09, 1998

    CPSC Selected as National Award Finalist for Program to Speed Recalls

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been named as a finalist in the 1998 Innovations in American Government Awards program for its "Fast-Track" product recall program. The Fast-Track program accelerates the recall process, saves the government and companies time and money, and gets dangerous products out of the marketplace up to three times faster.

  • August 28, 1998

    CPSC Issues Warning to Hurricane Victims to Prevent CO Poisonings, Electrocutions, Explosions and Fires

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning hurricane victims that gasoline-powered generators should not be used indoors, because of the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Also, all gas control valves, electric circuit breakers, round fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), and fuses that have been under water must be replaced to avoid electrocutions, explosions and fires.

  • August 20, 1998

    CPSC Urges Further Safety Inspections of Mobile Amusement Rides

    Following an in-depth investigation into what caused a Reverchon Himalaya ride to eject three riders at a Texas rodeo, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued additional guidelines to ensure riders' safety. One rider was killed and two others were seriously injured when the Himalaya's lap bar failed on March 19 in Austin, Texas.

  • August 20, 1998

    Toy Manufacturers Agree to Rid Products of Lead

    The Toy Manufacturers of America (TMA) has pledged that its members will help reduce children's exposure to hazardous lead levels. They will go beyond what the law requires by eliminating lead from their products. This follows a request by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that asked all manufacturers to eliminate the use of lead in products used in or around households, schools or in recreation. Lead poisoning in children is associated with behavioral problems, learning disabilities, hearing problems and growth retardation. It is estimated that approximately 930,000 children between the ages of 1 and 5 have blood lead levels that are of concern.

  • August 17, 1998

    CPSC Seizes Illegal Fireworks in Wisconsin

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that its investigators seized more than 11,000 illegal fireworks in Wisconsin. CPSC worked with the Milwaukee U.S. Attorney's office, the U.S. Marshal's Service and a local bomb squad in raiding a fireworks establishment in the town of Keshena, which is in Northeastern Wisconsin. Fireworks banned under federal law killed one person and severely injured at least two others in the area last month. Follow-up on the incidents led CPSC investigators to vendors in the area.

  • July 15, 1998

    CPSC Gets New, Safer Baby Walkers on the Market

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is informing consumers of the availability of a new generation of safer baby walkers. These new walkers have features that will reduce the stair-fall injuries associated with traditional baby walkers.

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