Recalls and investigations swirl around eclipse glasses and fidget spinners

What happens when you don’t follow the rules Apparently many of the parties involved in selling and distributing faulty eclipse glasses and fidget spinners didn’t follow the 5 Risk Management Steps to Prevent Product Liability Claims.  Being in a rush…

5 Risk Management Steps to Prevent Product Liability Claims

Being proactive lowers the risk of costly claims Step #1:  Design with safety in mind The first and most important step for risk management is during the product design phase.  During this phase you should take into account how your product…

Is Cadmium as serious as Lead?

Children are most likely to be at risk Cadmium is a carcinogen known for causing lung, breast and kidney cancers.  However, because of its recent discovery in consumer products, only scant research results exist to help determine the long-term health effects in…

“How much coverage do I need? I’m just a distributor”

How the products you distribute define you “I’m just a distributor. I shouldn’t have to pay much for my insurance.”  Not so fast! You’re probably much more than a distributor. To find out, take this quiz: Do you import your…

FDA Looking to Improve Safety of Imports

Cooperation recommended for foreign agencies Food and drug regulators in the U.S., Europe and other developed countries are facing an increasingly difficult task. They have to make sure that the imports from 300,000 foreign facilities in 150 different countries are…

U.S. Companies Outsourcing in China

The Epic questions that need asking As a native of Charleston, S.C., I was particularly interested in the story about the Charleston-based Epic Kayak lawsuit against its Chinese manufacturer. Apparently, Epic Kayaks outsourced the manufacturing of its kayaks to Flying Eagle Boat…

Exposing Foreign Manufacturers of Defective Products

I previously posted information about the CPSC’s new searchable database (Section 212). Will it hold foreign manufacturers that ship defective products into the U.S. more accountable? The CPSC now requires source information be included on products and in package markings. That means manufactures selling…

What Many Importers Don’t Know About Liability Insurance

A common mistake among U.S. importers of foreign products Many importers assume that their foreign manufacturers share some liability in the event of a Product Liability claim in the U.S. This is particularly so if the foreign manufacturer says they…

The High Cost to Small Business for Product Safety Compliance

Rising administrative costs for  household, recreational and children’s products The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is under increased fire from Congress and the public because of the overwhelming number of product recalls over the past few years. This is especially true…

Can Foreign Liability Insurance Save You Money?

The surprising answer Are you aware there is often a big difference between rates of foreign and U.S. Product Liability Insurance? Many U.S. exporters don’t know this because local and general insurance agents are not aware of all the options….