Category Archives: ASTM

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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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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KID and Shane’s Foundation Release Report on Furniture Stability

A child dies from tipping furniture, appliances or TVs every two weeks. The statistics for tip-over incidents have grown over the last decade, yet there has been little reform to safety standards. In our new report, Furniture Stability: A review of data and testing, released today in conjunction with Shane’s Foundation, we analyzed data of dresser and chest tip-overs and revealed testing results for 19 furniture units. “Years of work on the ... Read more
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Consumer groups urge more action on laundry packet safety

The safety of individual laundry packets is again in the news after Consumer Reports (CR) announced on Thursday, July 16 that they no longer can recommend laundry packets and urge households with children under the age of six to not buy them.Since the introduction of liquid detergent packets in 2012, there have been just under 30,000 reported cases of child injury due to this product. The American Association of Poison Control reported that in 2014, ... Read more
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January Journal

Nancy Cowles, KID’s Executive Director, spent time this week at standard setting meetings for the ASTM International Toy Safety subcommittee.  These are her notes from the week:Monday, January 5, 2015:KID’s email alert went out for January – meanwhile, I headed north (brrr) to Ottawa, Ontario for the meeting of the Toy Safety subcommittee of ASTM International.  This group develops the standard (F963) that addresses safety in toys.  Unlike ... Read more
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Detergent pods can put children at risk

At KID, we often warn about the dangers of products that are aimed at children, but are faulty, contain choking hazards or pose strangulation risks. But curious, adventurous children can easily end up hurt from products that are definitely not aimed at them. No mother or father is going to give their child a liquid laundry detergent packet to play with, but these brightly-colored pods were responsible for sending 6,000 kids to the emergency room in ... Read more
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Babies in Boxes? Finland’s method for combating infant mortality

Cribs are possibly the most important investment a parent can make in their child’s safety. Cribs are the only product that a parent is meant to leave their child in alone and unsupervised. In America, there is a huge market for visually appealing cribs. Search “crib bedding” on Pinterest and you will find a multitude of pillows, blankets, cushions, and other products to line a crib with. However, there have been 48 deaths related to bumper ... Read more
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CPSC Chair Circle of Commendation Award

This week, the Chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Inez Tenenbaum, announced her Circle of Commendation Award winners for 2013. Each year, this award has been given to organizations and individuals who have worked to improve product safety.  This year, KID was thrilled when Dr. Joshua Sharfstein of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene was among the winners.  Most recently Dr. Sharfstein worked to ban the ... Read more
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