Kids in Danger Blog


#FamilyVoicesFriday: Jamie’s Story

This week, we are honoring the memory of Jamie, who was killed in July 1998 when he became trapped between his crib mattress and the mattress support. The mattress, which was purchased with his crib from Cosco, was not a standard size, and the mattress support was built using metal bars instead of a spring frame. Jamie’s weight compressed the mattress, pushing it between the bars on the crib’s platform. He became entrapped and strangled. Jamie’s ... Read more
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KID Safe Sleep Checklist Helps Caregivers Evaluate Infant Sleep Products

Safe sleep messaging can be overwhelming for new parents, especially considering the number and variety of products available on store shelves. However, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) remains the leading cause of preventable death among infants 0-1. In fact, incidence of accidental suffocation (included in SUID statistics), has actually increased slightly over the last few years. There are many factors that contribute to the confusion ... Read more
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The Biggest Recalls of 2017 (So Far)

Summer is in full swing and we’ve made it halfway through 2017. Several dozen children’s products have been recalled this year – already outpacing 2016 recalls. At this time of year, we like to remind parents and caregivers about the biggest recalls of the year, so far. Checking your products for recalls is an important step in protecting your home and your children from common hazards. If you have any of these products, stop using them immediately ... Read more
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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Ethan’s Story

Ethan was an energetic and curious baby who loved to explore his environment. His parents would place him in the Baby Trend Home and Roam portable crib so that he could watch and learn from everyone around him. Sadly, this week marks the 16th anniversary of Ethan’s death from this product. One day, as Ethan tried to pull himself up, the portable crib rail collapsed and strangled him. He was eight months old. This portable crib was a hand-me-down, ... Read more
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IKEA Recall: One Year Later

Today marks one year since IKEA recalled 29 million dressers due to tip-over hazards – one of the largest furniture recalls in U.S. history. Despite the publicity that this recall received, the vast majority of those recalled dressers remain unaccounted for and continue to pose a risk to families and communities. It is not too late to get your refund from IKEA. To mark this anniversary we urge consumers with MALM or other dressers to contact IKEA ... Read more
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KID and Others Urge Consumers to Look for Certified Hoverboards

Hoverboards made the news a year ago when hundreds of incident reports led to recalls by 10 manufacturers. Even after these recalls, hoverboards continue to pose a fire risk to consumers. KID, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Consumer Federation of America recently released a statement urging consumers to take certain precautions when purchasing, using, storing or charging hoverboards. Most overheating incidents occur when a hoverboard is left charging ... Read more
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Last Week at KID

Here’s a glimpse at some activities the week of June 12-16 at KID that will also give you an update on news in the children’s product safety world. Tuesday: ASTM Toy Standard Meeting, Toronto, Canada: On Tuesday KID ED Nancy Cowles was in Toronto talking toy safety.  In addition to the meeting of the F15.22 committee of ASTM International that addresses Toy Safety, the parties also spent time talking about harmonizing the standards used ... Read more
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Sleep Safe This Father’s Day Weekend

KID knows that dads play a crucial role in keeping kids safe, healthy and happy. In fact, dads today spend triple the amount of time caring for their children as dads did 50 years ago. Much of infant safety research and advice focuses on mom’s behavior, but it is important that dads also get information on how to protect their kids. Sleep related infant deaths such as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) are the leading cause of preventable ... Read more
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