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A new federal safety rule was unanimously approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding hand-supported hair dryers.

According to the agency, when no immersion protection is present in the hair dryers, the un-insulated, electrically charged wires in the device pose a shock and electrocution risk.

The new rule will allow the agency more authority to stop shipments of violative hair dryers, and to issue recalls of these products.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 provided CPSC with authority to establish federal safety rules for consumer products that demonstrate substantial compliance with a voluntary standard or set of guidelines. A substantial compliance, as defined by the CPSIA is a product defect that poses substantial risk of injury to the public.

For more information, refer to the CPSC News Release.

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