Last month, I traveled to Israel to meet with an NGO, industry stakeholders, a voluntary standards organization, manufacturers, scientists, and researchers. As the marketplace becomes increasingly global, understanding all phases of the international supply chain, including the research and development (R&D) stage, is critically important. Traveling to Israel was key to a better understanding of […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #23: Furniture is best when it is safe and STURDY!

I am delighted that Senators Casey (D-PA), with Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Klobuchar (D-MN) as co-sponsors, and Congresswoman Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the “Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth Act” or “STURDY Act” (see news reports here and here). The STURDY Act directs the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) to promulgate a mandatory […]

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THE ROBINSON REPORT #14: The Big Game – A Big Opportunity to be Super Safe!

It’s a great American tradition to gather with your family and friends and watch the Super Bowl (and all of its commercials)!  Last year, 114.4 million people watched Super Bowl 49. This year will mark half a century of Super Bowls and again millions of Americans will be tuning in.  Many of you will be […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #5: The Search for Stability…

Last week, I travelled to High Point, NC, the “Furniture Capital of the World,” to attend a Furniture Safety Meeting organized by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (“AHFA”). Close to 70 people came to this meeting to discuss how we may better address the hidden and deadly hazards of furniture and TV tip overs. Furniture […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #3: Not as Protected As We Think We Are

We often make assumptions that products sold in this country are safe because we believe we have agencies that are responsible for making sure that that is true. We are truly shocked when we find that our safety system is not what we think it is. I am writing today about one of these prevalent […]