Category Archives: children’s product safety

Emerging Hazards: Fidget Spinner Safety Tips

New fidget spinner business guidelines and safety tips were recently released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For parents and caregivers, it is important to know that the CPSC categorizes most fidget spinners as “general use” products, not toys. Those marketed primarily to children under 12 are classified as toys, but for older children so no warning needed for small parts.  Fidget spinners are therefore unlikely to have ... Read more
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Two Days at CPSC Talking about Recall Effectiveness and Agency Priorities

KID's Executive Director, Nancy Cowles, spent Tuesday and Wednesday of last week with other product safety stakeholders at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, Maryland. On Tuesday, July 25, Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle[1] hosted a Recall Effectiveness Workshop. KID, Consumers Union, and Consumer Federation of America attended, along with many industry attorneys, association staff, and other stakeholders. In the morning, ... Read more
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The Biggest Recalls of 2017 (So Far)

Summer is in full swing and we’ve made it halfway through 2017. Several dozen children’s products have been recalled this year – already outpacing 2016 recalls. At this time of year, we like to remind parents and caregivers about the biggest recalls of the year, so far. Checking your products for recalls is an important step in protecting your home and your children from common hazards. If you have any of these products, stop using them immediately ... Read more
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What is the ‘life of a product’?

At KID, we receive many questions about product safety and how to best keep children safe. One question that we frequently get is: What is considered the “life of a product?” How many years can a product really last and still be safe? Manufacturers use the phrase “life of a product” to describe the average amount of time products can be used before becoming too old or worn out to be safe or functional. However, it can be difficult for consumers ... Read more
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This Week 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 last week: All week: KID interns and work study students have been returning to the office after their spring break vacations. Check out KID’s blog to meet the 2016-2017 work study students from the University of Chicago. As KID prepares for this year’s Best Friend Award Night, the interns have been hard at work reaching ... 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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KID Looks Ahead to 2017

Throughout the year, KID highlights major events, successes, and product safety updates in our blog. Looking back at posts from 2016 shows how far we’ve come this year. KID’s Executive Director, Nancy Cowles, visited the Dr. Oz show to discuss the danger of crib bumper pads. We hosted our most successful Best Friends Award Night to date, honoring longtime KID supporter Lisa Turano. We reported on the latest safety information, including updated ... Read more
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Mark Danny’s 20th birthday by helping KID grow stronger

In 1998, 16-month-old Danny Keysar was killed when a portable crib collapsed on his neck while he was napping in his childcare home. He would have turned 20 this December 31st. Danny’s parents, Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar, founded Kids In Danger (KID) to advocate for children’s product safety so that no family would suffer the same loss. We are so proud of all that has been accomplished in the years since KID’s founding. We have achieved ... Read more
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