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 #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 […]

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 […]