Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) formally recalled 1 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in the United States, replacing or refunding the flagship phones, whose susceptibility to catching fire has damaged the image of the Korean powerhouse. Samsung received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burns and 55 cases of property damage, the company said as it announced the recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recall is a costly setback for Samsung, which was counting on Galaxy Note 7 to bolster sales as rivals such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O) launch new devices. The scale of the recall is unprecedented for Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker. Samsung said on Thursday that new Note 7 replacement devices will be available at most retail locations in the United States no later than Sept. 21. Earlier this month, Samsung said it would recall all Note 7 smartphones equipped with batteries it … [Read more...] about Samsung to replace or refund 1 million U.S. Galaxy Note 7 phones
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Quatest 3 accredited as testing laboratory by the U.S. By Phi Tuan - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The Quality Assurance and Testing Center 3, or Quatest 3, has been chosen as a third-party testing organization for assessing children's products from Vietnam to the U.S. In November 2008, the enactment of Consumer Product Safety Improvement raised safety requirements and placed significant oversight on consumer products in the U.S. market, under which children's products must meet various requirements, including a third-party General Conformity Certification. … [Read more...] about Quatest 3 accredited as testing laboratory by the U.S.
Products recalled from U.S. hit record high By Thu Nguyet - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The number of Vietnamese children’s product recalls hit a record high last year as local exporters violated the U.S. goods safety regulations, according to a commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Jeffrey G. Hilsgen, director of CPSC Asia-Pacific, said there were 18 Vietnamese children’s product lines recalled in the U.S. last year. As of August 4 this year, there had been seven cases compared to an average of 8-9 cases in previous years. The major recalled products include beds with unsafe components and apparels with drawstrings or high lead content. There were 65 such product recalls in the U.S., among which 47 originated from China, in the period between October 2010 and March 2011. These products have violated the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, or CPSIA. The regulations took effect from 2008 when Chinese harmful product recalls peaked. … [Read more...] about Products recalled from U.S. hit record high
New regulations set on exports to U.S.Hoang Phi By Hoang Phi - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Children’s products exported to the U.S. after next year’s February 8 will have to attach more specific technical files under the new standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Details about chemicals, designs, and production processes have to be given in such files, under the new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, said Joseph P. Mohorovic, vice president of Intertek, a global group on testing. The U.S. importers can accept technical files supplied by foreign producers, provided that they have been verified by an independent laboratory appointed by the U.S. commission, Mohorovic said at a workshop held by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Vietnam on Wednesday. He said the U.S. had paid more attention to the safety of imported products, such as toys, textile, and footwear, especially those for children. The new safety … [Read more...] about New regulations set on exports to U.S.
U.S. sets up more barriers for textilesBy Ngoc Lan - The Saigon Times DailyHANOI – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has applied more inspection measures on garment and textile imports since early this month, creating more barriers for Vietnam and other exporting countries in the world.The Ministry of Industry and Trade has informed domestic enterprises of the new requirements to prevent shipments from being rejected.The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association expects this year’s shipments to reach US$9.5 billion, or 5% higher than in 2008. About half the volume is forecast to go to the U.S. and the European Union. … [Read more...] about U.S. sets up more barriers for textiles