Kids in Danger Blog


Babies in Boxes? Finland’s method for combating infant mortality

Cribs are possibly the most important investment a parent can make in their child’s safety. Cribs are the only product that a parent is meant to leave their child in alone and unsupervised. In America, there is a huge market for visually appealing cribs. Search “crib bedding” on Pinterest and you will find a multitude of pillows, blankets, cushions, and other products to line a crib with. However, there have been 48 deaths related to bumper ... Read more
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Meet KID’s 2014 Summer Team!

This summer KID is bursting with an awesome summer staff of people who give their time and effort to getting our life-saving work done. Please take a moment and learn more about our summer staff team in their own words. If you would like to get involved with KID, please check out our volunteer opportunities. To keep up with product safety news, sign up for our email alert  and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.Nicole WitteHi! My name is Nicole Witte ... Read more
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New report from KID: Summer Safety

Summer is a time for children to explore outdoors and have fun.  KID interns Sophie Foster and Brad Groebe took a look at popular summer activities and consumer products that often accompany those activities and answers the question: how do children get hurt and how can we reduce the hazards without reducing the fun.  The result is Summer Safety: Product Injury Patterns for Children. Here's what we found: According to CPSC data, injuries to children ... Read more
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An interview with CPSC’s Jonathan Midgett

Earlier this month, KID had a chance to talk with Jonathan Midgett, an engineering psychologist at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). We asked him some questions about product safety and human factors to better understand how important this field is to protect consumers and keep kids safe.The leader of the Children’s Hazards Program Areas Team at the CPSC, Jonathan has a lot of know-how about how children’s products and children ... Read more
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How to make high chairs and strollers safer

According to CPSC, 25,500 children under age 5 are rushed to emergency rooms each year for injuries from high chairs or strollers.  Many of the injuries come from falls, but they are also caused by design flaws that lead to entrapments or lacerations and finger tip amputations.  There have been 14 stroller recalls and 5 high chair recalls since June 2012, involving thousands of units, hundreds of injuries and deaths. CPSC, under Section 104 of ... Read more
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My time at KID

It’s difficult for me to believe it has been almost two years since I moved to Chicago and began my time with KID.   Having spent those two years immersed in the unique world of non-profit organizations, I have been able to develop and hone more skills than I would have ever expected. From working on data analysis and drafting reports on the current state of children’s product recalls, to navigating the complex processes of grant applications ... Read more
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Illinois Senate fails to pass ban on crib bumper pads

This spring, health and safety groups supported legislation to ban the sale of crib bumper pads in Illinois due to the risk of suffocation.  The bill, HB 5348, passed the House and the Senate Public Health Committee.  But Friday night, at the 11th hour, the Senate failed to support the bill.  The bill is on postponed consideration and may be considered again in the fall.               HB 5348 was supported by a wide range of Illinois organizations ... Read more
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Understanding the Nap Nanny recall

On May 27, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that a sixth child had died in a recalled Nap Nanny. This product was initially recalled in 2010 after 22 reports of injury and 1 infant death. Since this initial safety recall, 5 more children have died in this product and at least 92 reports of injury have been received. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving child product safety, education and awareness, it is our ... Read more
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