Category Archives: advocacy

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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Ohio Crib Bumper Ban Goes into Effect

This month we celebrated another victory for child safety, the Ohio crib bumper ban! As of April 6th, 2017, Ohio will no longer sell non-mesh bumper pads. This ban follows three similar laws in Chicago, Maryland, and Watchung, New Jersey. The Ohio ban will be the second state-wide ban, a trend that we hope will continue until crib bumper pads are banned in all 50 states. The bans were recommended based on research done by the American Academy of ... Read more
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New KID report shows injuries, incidents up in 2016 recalls

  On Monday, along with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, US PIRG and Illinois Action for Children, KID released new data on product recalls and children’s safety. This year marked a reversal of decreasing recall and injury numbers that the U.S. has seen in past years. In 2016, the number of recalls reported, as well as incidents and injuries associated with recalls, increased. The annual recall report, A KID Report Card: Children’s ... Read more
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Child product safety in this new administration

With any change in administration comes questions about the impact on consumer protections.  When the political party in charge changes, the questions are bigger and with a new administration without a previous record in government -- it’s even harder to find the answers. Here are the questions KID has at the start of the new Trump Administration: Will CPSC get the funding it needs to carry out its mission to keep products in the US market ... 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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Some States Fail to Keep Recalled Products out of Childcare Facilities

Busy parents rely on childcare facilities to provide care for their children in a safe, nurturing, and educational environment. And yet, products that are deemed unsafe by the CPSC and recalled by manufacturers may still be found in some child care homes or centers! KID looked into each state’s child care regulations to see if they prohibit dangerous recalled products from childcare facilities. Shockingly, we found that only 25 of the 50 states ... Read more
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A Week in the Life of KID

September went out with a bang at KID with lots of activity.  Busy weeks like this remind us all how important KID’s work is to children’s product safety. KID ED Nancy Cowles spent the first part of the week at ASTM International subcommittee meetings on juvenile products.  From gates to cribs, crib mattresses to strollers, and more, changes were adopted or proposed to the voluntary standards that will make these products safer.  These ... Read more
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Since Danny’s Law Passed: Our Top 5 Blogs

Since Danny's Law passed in 2008, awareness of dangerous children’s products has spread and recall histories of leading children’s products manufacturers have come to light. It has become more vital than ever for the public—especially parents and caregivers—to be educated about dangerous products to keep children safe. KID has analyzed our top five blog posts to see what topics most interest our online community. Whether learning about pacifier ... Read more
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