Kids in Danger Blog


SaferProducts.gov: Important Resource for Shoppers during Holiday Season

Earlier this week, KID joined a coalition of consumer groups in releasing an analysis of SaferProducts.gov, the government’s product safety database. This analysis, SaferProducts.gov: Five Years Live, reviewed the effectiveness of the database in the five years since its launch in 2011. KID joined the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Public Citizen, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group in concluding that SaferProducts.gov is a ... Read more
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Support KID on #GivingTuesday

KID is participating in #GivingTuesday, (11/29/16), an annual day of giving. Through the power of media and collaboration, people across the globe honor meaningful causes by supporting causes important to them. Since 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in real change in communities. In that spirit, we invite you to #GiveToKid. We have a goal of $10,000 for #GivingTuesday. And the best part? The Logan Foundation ... Read more
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Director’s Blog by Nancy Cowles: A Week at ICPHSO

As KID’s executive director, I represent KID in the International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization (ICPHSO) – a multi-stakeholder organization working to share information and move product safety forward.  This year (until February) I am serving as President.  In that role, I just returned from a week in Brussels, Belgium, where ICPHSO held its 2016 International Symposium, coupled with the International Product Safety Week ... Read more
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The Dangers of Bath Seats

Infant bath seats made headlines back in 2010, when the CPSC created a mandatory standard  to address the injuries and fatalities these products were causing. To prevent drowning deaths, the standard is very strict – no bath seats currently meet that standard. This post will outline the hazards posed by bath seats and remind you why we recommend against using them. Research shows that bath seats create a false sense of security. Parents and ... Read more
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Important Additions to KID Website Address Furniture Safety

KID is always working to expand the resources we offer and to amplify the voices of families affected by product hazards. In today’s blog post, we’d like to highlight two recent and important additions to the KID site. The first is the addition of Shane Siefert to our collection of Family Voices. Shane was a vibrant, energetic, and loving two-year-old. On March 14, 2011, Shane’s mother, Lisa, put him down for a nap and told him she loved ... Read more
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What Can the Samsung Recall Teach Us About Children’s Product Safety?

Over Labor Day Weekend, news about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 overheating and causing fires and explosions shocked consumers worldwide. A month later, in early October, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a statement warning consumers to stop using the smartphone because it continued to pose a fire hazard. Luckily, Samsung agreed with the CPSC’s statement and announced that it would finally expand the recall to all Note 7 ... Read more
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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Remembering Ellie

In December of 2002, 13 month-old Ellie lost her life when the changing table attachment on her play yard fell on her. This post is dedicated to Ellie, who would have been 15 years old today. KID wants to honor her family’s strength and to highlight that unsafe, inadequately tested products continue to pose deadly consequences to our children. Ellie’s play yard had no locking mechanism on its changing table attachment. When the changing table ... Read more
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AAP Updates Safe Sleep Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a new report -- SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment -- containing an updated list of nineteen safe sleep recommendations to help prevent infant deaths. The AAP’s report covers a broad range of recommendations -- from routine immunization to the importance of skin-to-skin contact. Some of the guidelines are familiar – ... Read more
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