Author Archives: Kids In Danger

 

Last Week at KID

KID was hard at work last week travelling around the country to connect with partners and fight for product safety. Read below to hear what we’ve been working on: On Monday, Carson Gaffney, KID Program Director, travelled to Springfield, Illinois to attend the 2018 Spring Into Action Conference hosted by Illinois Action for Children. The conference brings together early care and education providers, educators, and advocates from across Illinois ... Read more
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Consumer Reports Adds to Growing Body of Research on Tip-Overs

Consumer Reports has recently released new research on the dangers of furniture tip-overs. CR analyzed thousands of incident reports from CPSC to better under the circumstances of injuries and deaths caused by furniture tip-overs. CR tested 24 dressers and chests based on current voluntary standards, as well as a test based on a more stringent hypothetical standard. Additionally, as the current standard does not cover all dressers; CR tested ... Read more
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New KID Report Shows Jump in 2017 Recalls

On Tuesday, along with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois PIRG, KID released new data on product recalls and children’s safety. This year, the number of recalls increased by 22%, while injuries and incidents reported prior to recall decreased from a spike in 2016. The annual recall report, A KID Report: 2017 Children’s Product Recalls and 2016 Recall Effectiveness, looks specifically at the recall data for 2017, and identifies ... Read more
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#FamilyVoicesFriday — Ted’s Story

Today’s #FamilyVoicesFriday post is dedicated to Ted. This week marks what would have been Ted’s fourth birthday. However, Ted was tragically killed just before his 2nd birthday. Ted’s mom, Janet, remembers her son with these words: “Ted was a beautiful and carefree 22-month-old. He loved playing with his brothers and cousins and had a special bond with our family dog, Chloe. Our day on Sunday, February 14, 2016, started out like a normal ... Read more
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#PreventPoison during National Poison Prevention Week

March 18th – March 24th is National Poison Prevention Week. In addition to our work keeping poisons out of products, KID participates in awareness campaign such as this to educate caregivers and protect children from poisoning hazards. It can be difficult to keep track of the products that can pose poisoning or ingestion hazards to children. Be aware that these products can pose a risk to your children: Laundry Packets: These small packets ... Read more
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Happy Anniversary to SaferProducts.gov

This week marks the seventh anniversary of the implementation of a groundbreaking idea – SaferProducts.gov went live on March 11, 2011.  This database of consumer reports catalogs incidents with consumer products – everything from worrying about a possible hazard to reporting a death caused by one. For the first time, consumers had access to information on products that might have caused injury prior to recall. Despite a forecast of disaster ... Read more
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Recent Activities at KID

As usual, KID staff, interns, and volunteers have been hard at work. Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to over the past few weeks: KID’s Executive Director, Nancy Cowles, attended the 2018 ICPHSO symposium. KID has been attending the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s (ICPHSO) symposium since 2001 when our co-founder Linda Ginzel spoke on a panel of parents as advocates.  This year KID presented on a panel ... Read more
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CSPC Sues to Get B.O.B. Strollers Recalled

Late last week, the US CPSC voted 3-1 to file suit against Britax to force action on B.O.B. jogging strollers made prior to 2015. According to the complaint, these strollers have caused injury to both children and adults when the front wheel disengages and the front fork hits the ground causing a sudden stop and instability. Britax bought B.O.B. in 2011 and imported the strollers through 2015. According to the complaint, there were at least 200 ... Read more
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