Category Archives: car seat

Graco fined $10M for action in car seat recall, must spend $7M on child safety

On March 20, the Department of Transportation announced a $10 million fine against children’s product manufacturer Graco for failing to report incidents with their car seat buckles.  In 2014 Graco announced 2 recalls for nearly six million car seats because the buckles could fail to unlatch.  Complaints about the buckles came as early as 2009; Graco brushed them off as caused by food and drink being spilled on the mechanism.  As it turned out, ... Read more
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Stay Warm and Stay Safe

As the snow blows through the city and the temperature drops, it’s tempting to curl up inside and wait out the next few months. We here at KID encourage you to cuddle up with your kids, but while you and your family get cozy, consider these winter season safety tips to keep your children protected from both the bitter cold and hidden hazards of children’s products. Look out for drawstrings, which can be found in winter coats, jackets, and sweatshirts. ... Read more
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KID releases new report on

August 14 marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) back in 2008. This landmark safety legislation paved the way for improvement in safety standards and lead to the creation of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s public database,, in March of 2011. This website allows consumers to share their personal experiences with various products, reporting any incidents or ... Read more
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New injury data from CPSC on tip-overs and nursery products

Lots of injury statistics coming out of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) this week. First, be sure and check out their new infographic. (PDF)  A child died every two weeks in 2011 from furniture, TV and appliance tip-overs.  The CPSC gives tips on anchoring furniture and preventing tip-overs as does Shane’s Foundation.  Shane died in 2011 when his nursery dresser tipped over on him. Beyond steps parents can take to prevent tip-overs, ... Read more
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Just because you see it on TV or in a store, doesn’t mean it is safe

People do it all the time.  Walk into any grocery store and you’ll see infant seats perched on shopping carts.  Infant carriers and seats placed at eye level on counters and tables show up in everything from advertisements to network television sit-coms.  Both in magazine spreads and retail stores, cribs are packed full of beautiful comforters, pillows, and baby bumpers.  Would these be featured on a cover or commercial if they weren’t safe ... Read more
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Traveling and product safety

Nine years ago this week, Ellie was killed in a poorly designed portable crib with a changing table attachment.  Our thoughts are with her family as they remember their sweet baby.Ellie and her family had just arrived that day at her Grandma’s for their holiday visit and her grandmother had bought the portable crib new and set it up in anticipation of her arrival.  But when she stood up after her nap, the changing table attachment collapsed down ... Read more
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AAP and NHTSA — new guidelines for car seats

In the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advised parents to keep their children in rear-facing car seats until age 2 or until the child reaches maximum height and weight limit for the seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new child seat safety guidelines shortly after AAP's publication was released.   Both AAP and NHTSA suggested parents check the maximum height and ... Read more
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Almost 800,000 Dorel car seats recalled for faulty harness systems

Almost a year ago, NBC Target 5 reporter Lisa Parker reported on a father's efforts to alert the manufacturer, NHTSA and the public to a problem he found with his Dorel Juvenile Group car seat. He documented on a YouTube video that the harness could pull loose when it was supposed to be locked in place. This could prove dangerous in a crash -- allowing the occupant to fly out of the car seat or even if retained, suffer injuries from the additional ... Read more
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