Kids in Danger Blog

Happy Birthday KID mobile site!

It was just 2 short years ago that we were celebrating the launch of the KID mobile site. Since that time, countless searches have been made by parents and caregivers looking to get safety information on children’s products they intend to purchase while on the go. The site can be accessed by visiting from a smartphone. The home page will display a list of the most recent recalls. The “search” function at the top of the page ... Read more
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Illinois Senate to address crib bumper pad ban

This week a statewide ban on crib bumper pads will head to the Illinois Senate floor. HB 5348, the Illinois crib bumper pad ban, would ban the sale of crib bumpers. The effective date is January 2016, giving manufacturers and retailers plenty of time to comply.Still manufacturers are dragging their feet. The Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JMPA) argues that current ASTM standards are enough to protect children from the hazards associated ... Read more
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A quick update on this year’s BFA award night

On Wednesday, KID supporters got together to celebrate KID’s accomplishments this year and our 2014 Best Friend Inez Tenenbaum. Guests nibbled on tasty food from great Chicago chefs, tried their luck at our basket raffle and live auction, and posed for keepsake pictures in our photo booth.  Stay tuned for pictures and video from the event. To get involved with KID’s programs this year or the 2015 BFA award night, email Laura at  ... Read more
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Danny, Inez and KID’s best friends

Sixteen years ago today, Linda Ginzel arrived at her son Danny’s child care home to find he had been rushed to the hospital.  She later learned he had been strangled by the collapsing top rails of the portable crib he napped in while at child care.  Danny’s parents were shocked to discover that the crib had been recalled 5 years earlier and that Danny was the fifth child to die in that brand.  They couldn’t believe that a child’s portable ... Read more
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KID’s TEST program thrives at UMich

Here’s the task: design a safer crib, that meets ASTM safety standards, is affordable to low-income families, easily stored away, aesthetically pleasing, and—oh yeah, hasn’t already been designed.  In brief, do what experienced professionals are doing, but do it better! This is no small feat to ask of budding engineers, but to KID, this is an essential strategy for the elimination of deaths and injuries due to poorly designed and inadequately ... Read more
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“Company Doe” to be unmasked

In a win for consumer safety, a federal district appeals court overturned a ruling that had allowed a manufacturer to hide its identity and seal all documents in a case against the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Stating that the public’s first amendment “right to access” trumped Company Doe’s fear of economic woes that might occur if the public found out about the case, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that all ... Read more
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UPDATE: This blog was written some time ago, but the dangers are still relevant today. KID continues to work on improving children’s product safety in honor of children, like Savannah, who died when she was strangled by a baby monitor cord 3 years ago this month. Savannah is one of 6 children that died from a similar type of baby monitor since 2006.Keep children safe from strangulation hazards by: purchasing cordless monitors, using cordless window ... Read more
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KID’s new Director of Development

KID is thrilled to announce a new addition to the staff.  Karen Yellen Dillon, an experienced fundraiser as well as an Emmy Award-winning TV producer has joined KID as Director of Development.  Prior to joining Kids In Danger, Karen was fundraising and marketing for advocacy and education organizations including the Environmental Law and Policy Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Karen’s connection to KID goes back many years.  A former Emmy ... Read more
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