Consumer Product Safety Commissions
Operation S.O.S. Hits
Product Safety Commission bagged its first product recall credited
to "Operation Recall," according to a report by Don
Oldenburg, the "Consummate Consumer," in The Washington
Post on Feb. 9.
The new "S.O.S"
initiative was launched in December with the recall of a wooden
toy that posed a choking hazard. "S.O.S" stands for
"Safe Online Shopping."
how the operation works. Working from a "war room,"
CPSC Investigators surf commercial sites and news groups to find
recalled, illegal, and potentially dangerous products that are
being sold on the Internet.
actually buy, examine, and test products to make sure they comply
with safety standards, Oldenburg reported. "CPSCs watchdogs
are sniffing out online problematic prescription drugs whose packaging
isnt child resistant, flammable childrens sleepwear,
and potential strangulation hazards posed by mini-hammocks without
spreader bars and childrens jackets with drawstrings."
International Inc.s recall this week of 4,000 novelty lighters
is Operation S.O.Ss first unsafe lighter recall, he reports.
The companys "Intruder" model lighter, which looks
like a miniature propane tank or scuba tank, and its "Jupiter"
model, which is shaped like a gun, are manufactured without any
child-resistant mechanisms required by law. For a free replacement,
Oldenburg says that consumers should call Prometheus at 800-229-5233.
CPSC Chairman Ann Brown who says "Anybody who thinks they
can do online what cant do in actual stores has another
think coming, because were coming after them."
by Patricia B. Wood, Editor, Access America Online