THE ROBINSON REPORT #29: ROVs Could and Should Be Safer

Recently, media attention has once again focused on the dangers of off-road vehicles, particularly, All-Terrain Vehicles (“ATVs”) and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (“ROVs”). The media seem to highlight these dangers when a death or serious injury in some way involves a public figure. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of injuries and deaths caused by off-road vehicles that […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #27: Portable Generators—Delaying Safety is Denying Safety!

Although portable generators provide important electrical power in a number of situations, they are extremely dangerous as they are presently designed. Most people have no idea just how dangerous they are. A portable generator emits about 450 times more carbon monoxide (CO) than an idling automobile!! CO poisonings from portable generators usually occur when people […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #26: Bare is Best – Do Not Use Padded Crib Bumpers!

Padded crib bumpers are infant bedding accessories intended to line the sides of an infant’s crib. However, padded crib bumpers pose a significant hazard for infants and young children: asphyxiation. Dozens of infants and young children either die or are injured each year due to crib bumpers. This is unacceptable and completely avoidable. I have […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #25: Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Much has been written about how potentially contentious family Thanksgivings may be this year in America resulting from the outcome of the recent election and subsequent discussions about how divided our country seems to be. As a CPSC Commissioner, my concerns this year are much broader and deeper than simply my own family’s Thanksgiving dinner. […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #24: Let Us Make Guns Safer

The astronomical numbers of casualties in this country that result from guns have many causes. Each of those causes calls for a separate analysis concerning prevention. As a Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), I would like to focus today on the substantial percentage of injuries and deaths which are not the […]

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 #10: Keep the Warmth in and Carbon Monoxide out!

Winter is coming and, for some, it is already here! For those of you living in places like Boston, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Detroit, and New York, winter storms, cold weather, and snow will likely bring power outages your way. When the power is out and the temperature in your house plummets, it is understandable that […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #9: Time for Giving Thanks & Staying Safe!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanksgiving is a day when you expect your home to be filled with loud family and friends and the smell of delicious food. Please take these holiday season precautions to make sure your guests are only yelling about the football game and smelling the delicious turkey; not screaming about a kitchen fire […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #8: Keeping Fall Fun!

In many parts of the country, the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing colors – it is time to put on those fall jackets and get outside and play! I love this time of year and there is no better time to focus on fall sport safety. Get outside on the monkey bars, […]