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Robert Adler Becomes Acting Chairman of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective October 1, 2019, Robert (Bob) Adler became the Acting Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  "I am honored to lead CPSC as Acting Chairman. I look forward to continuing this agency's great work to protect consumers with the help of my fellow Commissioners Dana Baiocco, Ann Marie Buerkle, Peter Feldman, and Elliot Kaye, as well as with our outstanding CPSC staff."

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1973 and charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or visit https://www.saferproducts.gov. Further recall information is available at https://www.cpsc.gov. (PRNewsfoto/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Co)

Adler replaces Buerkle who earlier this year announced that she would step down as CPSC's Acting Chair on September 30. The agency's Commissioners voted by majority to appoint Adler as the agency's Vice-Chairman to assume the role of Acting Chairman. Buerkle will continue to serve as a CPSC Commissioner until her term expires at the end of October 2019.

Adler has worked at or has been associated with CPSC for more than 40 years. He has served as a CPSC Commissioner since August 18, 2009. He was renominated by President Barack Obama on May 14, 2014 and confirmed by the Senate on December 2, 2014. His term runs through October 2021. He has previously served as Acting Chairman from December 4, 2013 through July 29, 2014. Adler served as an attorney-advisor to two CPSC Commissioners and on the Obama Transition team and co-authored a report on the CPSC for the Obama administration.

Adler announced Sarah Klein will assume the role of Chief of Staff, Jennifer Feinberg will serve as Chief Counsel, and Maureen Kentoff will be Executive Assistant to the Acting Chairman.

For more on Acting Chairman Adler, see his bio.

About U.S. CPSC:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.  Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.


Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

For more lifesaving information, follow us on Facebook, Instagram @USCPSC and Twitter @USCPSC or sign up to receive our e-mail alerts. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired.

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m.5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products .

Media Contact
Please use the phone numbers below for all media requests.
Phone: 301-504-7908
Spanish: 301-504-7800

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