Issue: The ASTM F1917 standard covers the warning information that should be displayed on crib bumper pads. This crib bumper pad did not display the correct warning label as required by ASTM F1917.
Result: The supplier revised the labeling on the packaging to ensure that all new production would meet the labeling requirement.
Issue: Four samples of similar umbrellas from competing suppliers were submitted for comparative evaluation testing.
Result: 2 of 4 samples failed water repellency testing. 1 sample exhibited a defective automatic opening mechanism and the remaining sample passed all quality & serviceability testing. We should note, this sample was also the lowest cost umbrella.
Issue: Six specific phthalates have been banned for use in child care articles by federal regulations. This toddler’s sleepwear was found to contain a high level of a banned phthalate in the screen print.
Result: The supplier went back to the source and tested the screen print inks for phthalate content. Only the inks that passed phthalate testing were used for production. Also, taking a proactive approach, the supplier met with the ink company representatives to review documentation for phthalate-free inks.
Issue: All children’s product must meet certain lead content requirements to be sold in the United States. The surface coating on outsoles of these children’s winter boots exhibited levels of lead that exceeded the limit set by the CPSC.
Result: The surface coating on outsoles of these children’s winter boots exhibited levels of lead that exceeded the limit set by the CPSC.
Issue: The dynamic load test reveals the strength and stability of a seating surface. This ready to assemble chair collapsed when subjected to the dynamic load test.
Result: The factory made changes to both the structural design of the chair and its assembly instructions. The improved chair passed the dynamic load test.
Issue: The apparel industry has self-imposed limits for free formaldehyde levels in children’s textile products. The inner lining of this children’s hat was found to have free formaldehyde exceeding allowable limits.
Result: The supplier replaced the inner lining of this hat with material that complied with the free formaldehyde requirements.
Issue: Several states have taken legislative action limiting the amount of BPA content allowed in food contact products and pacifiers. The logo on this travel coffee mug had excessive levels of BPA in its surface coating.
Result: The supplier tested the inks used to create the logo for BPA content. The BPA contaminated inks were pulled from the production line and replaced with inks that passed testing.
Issue: These decorative candles failed burning tests with excessive wax dripping & sidewall deterioration, resulting in pre-mature loss of flame.
Result: The overseas manufacturer immediately submitted improved samples to the lab. Also, upon receiving production merchandise at store locations, in-store samples were selected and tested to ensure compliance with previously tested and approved quality standards.