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Happy Anniversary to

This week marks the seventh anniversary of the implementation of a groundbreaking idea – 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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Family Voices Friday: Preston’s Story

Today’s #FamilyVoicesFriday is dedicated to Preston, who would have turned 8 years old tomorrow. At just seven weeks old, Preston died in his crib when he rolled out of a sleep positioner and against the bumper pads in his crib. Preston was the second addition to a loving family in Alaska. His mom recalls the events of his death to KID: they had taken the usual steps when putting Preston to bed. They turned on the baby monitor, swaddled Preston, ... Read more
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Infant Sling Carriers: CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard

Attention sling users, CPSC's new standard for slings has gone into effect as of January 30th. This new standard is an update of the standard adopted last year by CPSC for infant carrier slings. Infant carrier slings can pose a suffocation risk to infants, and so the new standard focuses on suffocation hazard warning labels. It's been reported that between January 2003 and September 2016, 159 incidents happened involving sling carriers, including ... Read more
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Secure Your TV to Prevent Tip-Overs

As many families gather for this weekend's big game, take time to check your TV is secured to avoid a tip-over. Securing the TV is an often-overlooked safety check for parents and caregivers of young children. Increasingly, TV tip-overs have been reported to lead to serious head injuries, broken bones, and even death. In fact, one child dies in the U.S. due to TV tip-overs every three weeks. Any type of TV can pose a tip-over risk. Flat screen TVs ... Read more
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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Remembering Bobby

When Bobby was just six months old, he was fatally entrapped and strangled by the rail of his drop-side crib. Today, this post is dedicated to Bobby and the work his family has done to ensure that no other family would have to lose their child to an unsafe crib. When the side rail of Bobby’s drop-side crib came loose to entrap and suffocate him, his parents thought it was a sad and unfortunate accident. It was when the Long Island couple ... Read more
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Child Safety Victory: Window Coverings Going Cordless

A recent decision by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association has required for the first time that all new blinds will be cordless – the only way to prevent strangulations. Here’s everything you need to know about the decision, why it’s important, and the work that remains to be done. 1. Child strangulation by window blind cords is more common than you might think Window pull strings and cords have been labeled an “insidious hazard” ... Read more
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