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Michael Hawthorne
Chicago Tribune
Created: August 29, 3014

Aug. 29--As furniture makers move to phase out toxic, ineffective flame retardants, the chemical industry is waging an aggressive last-ditch campaign to preserve a lucrative market that reaches into virtually every American home.

One of the world's leading manufacturers of flame retardants is suing California to block a new flammability standard that starting next year will allow furniture manufacturers to eliminate the chemicals from new upholstered sofas and chairs sold nationwide. The lawsuit, scheduled to be argued Friday in a Sacramento courtroom, is backed by the American Chemistry Council, the industry's chief trade group.

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Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V402000 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 175

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

SUMMARY:

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ford Fiesta vehicles manufactured October 25, 2013, to February 27, 2014. Due to a manufacturing error, the fuel tank may leak.

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Recall date: August 26, 2014

Description

This recall involves Hewlett-Packard’s LS-15 AC power cord. The power cords were distributed with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers and with AC adapter-powered accessories such as docking stations. The power cords are black in color and have an “LS-15” molded mark on the AC adapter end of the power cord.


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In the new issue of NFPA Journal®, President Jim Shannon said the Association will focus on the leading causes of home fires, including cooking. "We also need to continue to push hard for home fire sprinklers. That's still a large priority for NFPA, and we plan to work very aggressively in 2014 on our residential sprinkler initiative," he said.

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Recall date: August 27, 2014 Description

The recall involves Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International-branded Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps. The units are rated 230/208 volt, 3.5 kW and are most often installed in walls of hotels, motels, apartment buildings and commercial spaces to provide room climate control. The recalled units are beige with serial numbers ranging from 0701009633 through 0804272329. The brand name is located on the unit’s front cover.  The serial number is located on the control board plate found by lifting the unit’s front cover.

 

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Upholstered Chair Fire Tests Using a California Technical Bulletin 133 Burner Ignition Source D.W. Stroup, L. DeLauter, J. Lee and G. Roadarmel Building and Fire Research Laboratory National Institute of Standards and Technology U.S. Department of Commerce Gaithersburg, MD 20899 Upholstered Chair Fire Tests Using a California Technical Bulletin 133 Burner Ignition Source  D.W. Stroup, L. DeLauter, J. Lee and G. Roadarmel Building and Fire Research Laboratory National Institute of Standards and Technology U.S. Department of Commerce Gaithersburg, MD 20899

 

Abstract

A series of fire tests were conducted to characterize the potential hazard from ignition of an upholstered chair.  The particular chair was selected as part of a fire investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Heat release rate was determined as a function of time from ignition using the oxygen depletion principle.  Two tests were conducted with the chairs placed in the open under large calorimeters.

The third test was conducted with the chair located in a room.  Peak heat release rates obtained during the tests ranged from approximately 1 MW to 2.5 MW.

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Sacramento - Tahoe Arson Roundtable: #3

Covering: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Sierra and Yolo counties

Coordinator: Vern Canon

Phone: 530 277-3765
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Upcoming Meetings:

 

Date: November 4, 2014
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Cattleman’s Restaurant on Taylor Road in Roseville

Topic: Marijuana Grow Houses and Butane Honey Oil Extraction
Speaker: Investigator Vic Massenkoff, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

 


 

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Advertising: Any members involved in fire investigation that are not public safety investigators should have an advertisement with CCAI. I suppose even public safety investigators could place an ad, but they usually do not need to seek business as people usually can find them relatively easy.  CCAI membership includes public and private fire investigators, attorneys, insurance professionals including adjusters and special investigation unit personnel, engineers in all fields, along with many others with a special interest in fire investigations. The advertisements are placed on the website in the advertising section and in a rotating banner on the main page. They will also be included in a quarterly publication. Even if you don’t need to seek business, you can place a business card size ad on the webpage as a friend of CCAI like I have done. Contact me or April at the CCAI office for further details.

If you aren’t a member of the California Conference of Arson Investigators; you need to be! Contact me or April at the CCAI office for further details. You can apply on-line for membership at arson.org Please feel free to put my name on your application as a recommendation, just let me know that you did. The membership discount for the upcoming conference will more than cover the cost of becoming a member. There are multi-year membership discounts available.

Remember; CCAI is our organization, please let me know what we can do to help the organization serve you better.


Meeting Location:

Cattleman's Restaurant
2000 Taylor Road
Roseville, California 95678

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1279 North White Avenue 
Pomona, California 91768 
Phone:  (909) 865-5004
Fax (909) 865-5024 
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