Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
DATES: Appointments will be made on a rolling basis. For that reason, nominations will be accepted through February 14, 2018.
The Secretary and the USTR welcome nominations for the ITACs listed below:
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(ITAC 7) Forest Products
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Friday, February 21, 2014
Recall Number: 14-108
Sterling Rope Company Recalls Sewn Cords Due to Fall Hazard
Name of Product: Sewn cord edge restraints, sewn eyes and sewn loops.
Hazard: Sewn cords break at a lower weight than published weight values, posing a fall hazard.
Consumer Contact: Sterling Rope Company at (800) 788-7673 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.sterlingrope.com. Click on the recall link on the homepage under the headline "Latest News."
Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Sterling-Rope-Company-Recalls-Sewn-Cords/.
Units: About 9,200 in the U.S. and 480 in Canada
Description: This recall involves four models of Sterling Rope’s sewn cords which include the 8mm Aztek (AZ) Sewn Bound Loop Prusik, Aztek (AZ) Elite 8mm Edge Restraint, 8mm PER Sewn Eye and the 8mm Accessory Cord Sewn Eye. Sterling Rope products have the production lot number in two places. The product number and lot number are printed on the barcode label attached to the Care, Use and Retirement document, which comes with every product. The lot number is also printed on the shrink tube label on the sewn portion of the Prusik, edge restraint or sewn eye. Please see www.sterlingrope.com for a full list of lot numbers affected by this recall. All ropes except for the solid black products have a wrapping dotted line design around the rope. Specific recalled colors are listed next to each recalled product description.
8mm Bound Loop Prusiks
|SC080320116||8mm AZ Bound Loop Prusik Short Teal Green x 16”|
|SC080321116||8mm AZ BLP cord Short Tan x 16"|
|SC080320322||8mm AZ Sewn BLP Cord Long Purple x 22"|
|SC080320422||8mm AZ Sewn BLP Cord Long Black x 22"|
|SC080320622||8mm AZ Sewn BLP Cord Long Blue x 22"|
|SC080320716||8mm AZ Sewn BLP cord Short Orange x 16"|
|SC080320816||8mm AZ Sewn BLP cord Short Red x 16"|
|CUSTOMSC||8mm Tan Bound Loop Prusik by 24"|
|CUSTOMSC||8mm Blue Bound Loop Prusik by 30"|
Aztek Elite 8mm Edge Restraints
|SC080NY04600||AZ Elite Tactical Edge Restraint x 50'|
|SC080NY06600||AZ Elite 8mm Edge Restraint Blue 50' Sewn End|
|SC080NY09600||AZ Elite 8mm Edge Restraint Yellow x 50'|
8mm PER Sewn Eye
|PER0804407SE||8mm PER Black Safety Glo x 22ft with Sewn Eye|
|CUSTOMSC||8mm PER Black Safety Glo with Sewn Eye|
|CUSTOMSC||8mm PER Orange With Sewn Eye|
|CUSTOMSC||8mm PER Yellow With Sewn Eye|
8mm Accessory Cord Sewn Eye
|CUSTOMSC||8mm Black Accessory Cord With Sewn Eye|
|CUSTOMSC||8mm Blue Accessory Cord With Sewn Eye|
|CUSTOMSC||8mm Yellow Accessory Cord With Sewn Eye|
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Remedy: Consumers should discontinue use of the product and contact Sterling Rope for a free replacement. The item may also be returned to an authorized Sterling dealer that will coordinate the free replacement for you.
Sold at: Authorized Sterling Rope dealers from January 2013 through January 2014 in the United States and Canada for about $8 to $312.
Manufacturer: Sterling Rope Company, Inc., of Biddeford, Maine
Manufactured in: USA
2.Recall Date: February 20, 2014
Recall Number: 14-110
U.S. Polo Assn. Recalls Girl’s Jacket Due to Strangulation Hazard
Name of Product: U.S. Polo Assn. girl’s jackets
Hazard: The jackets have a band of material at the neck that can pose a strangulation hazard to young children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children's upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC's actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
Remedy: Refund or Repair
Consumer Contact: Q4 Designs LLC at (800) 741-0127 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, or online at www.q4designs.com and click on Product Recall for more information.
Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/US-Polo-Assn-Recalls-Girls-Jacket/
Units: About 1,400
Description: This recall involves U.S. Polo Assn. girl’s jackets. The jackets have the name U.S. Polo Assn. with the year 1890 and crossed polo mallets on the jacket’s upper right exterior and a silhouette of two polo players and the initials USPA on the jacket’s upper left exterior. The jackets come in the colors fuchsia, green and cream in girl’s sizes 4-16. The name Q4 Designs LLC and style numbers can be found on the white tracking label tag sewn into the inside of the jacket near the waist band. Recalled style numbers include: U274-200 for sizes 4-6 and U274-300 for sizes 7-16.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Remedy: Consumers should remove or cut the band to eliminate the hazard, or contact Q4 Designs to obtain a full refund.
Sold at: Burlington Coat Factory, Kids Stop and Cookie’s Department Stores from August 2013 to October 2013 for about $15.
Importer: Samsung C&T America, Inc., New York, N.Y.
Manufactured in: China
3. Recall Date: February 20, 2014
Recall Number: 14-111
Eastman Footwear Recalls Coleman Runestone Children’s Shoes Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Big 5 Sporting Goods
Name of Product: Coleman® Runestone Style Children’s Shoes
Hazard: The metal rivets surrounding the holes where the shoestring is secured on the shoes can have sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard.
Consumer Contact: Eastman Footwear at (800)786-0282 ext. 301 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.efny.com and click Runestone Recall for more information.
Units: About 12,200
Description: The Runestone children’s shoes are black with gray mesh fabric panels on the side of the shoe with a green “Coleman” logo name and lantern graphic on the tongue. The black shoestrings on the shoes are threaded through green fabric tabs on the top of the shoe. A label located on the inside of tongue of the shoes identifies the style as Runestone.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of an adult who scratched or cut his finger. No medical attention was required.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled shoes and return them to a Big 5 Sporting Goods store for a full refund or contact Eastman Footwear for instructions on returning the shoes for a refund.
Sold by: Big 5 Sporting Goods retail stores nationally from January 2013 through December 2013 for about $39.
Importer: The Eastman Footwear Group Inc., of New York, N.Y.
Manufactured in: China