CPSC Readies Long-Awaited Fire Safety Standards

Law360, New York (February 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission made the first significant move in 14 years to toughen fire-resistance standards for upholstered furniture, voting unanimously on Friday to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking for new mandatory standards.

The proposed standard would require upholstered furniture makers to either use smolder-resistant fabrics or implement a fire-resistant barrier between fabric and furniture stuffing.

Fires fed by upholstered furniture cost the U.S. around $1.6 billion and contribute to about 100 deaths and 130 injuries a year, the CPSC said.

The new...
To view the full article, register now.

UK Financial Services

UK Financial Services

Read Our Latest UK Financial Services Coverage

Financial Services Law360 UK provides breaking news and analysis on the financial sector. Coverage includes UK and European Union policy, enforcement, and litigation involving banks, asset management firms, and other financial services organizations.