New federal safety rule for hair dryers approved by CPSC

WAHSINGTON, DC (KAIT) – A new federal safety rule on hand-supported hair dryers was unanimously approved (5-0) by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to avoid substantial product hazard to consumers.

According to the CPSC, the new rule gives them more authority to issue product recalls of hair dryers without an immersion protection device and gives them the authority to stop shipments of those same hair dryers at U.S. ports of entry.

CPSC says current industry standards require manufacturers to include a device in their product that prevents shock and/or electrocution hazards when it comes in contact with water. Since most common hair dryers are usually operated in bathrooms, which have multiple water sources, the risk of shock/electrocution is very high.

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