Category Archives: cpsc

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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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Ethan’s Story

Ethan was an energetic and curious baby who loved to explore his environment. His parents would place him in the Baby Trend Home and Roam portable crib so that he could watch and learn from everyone around him. Sadly, this week marks the 16th anniversary of Ethan’s death from this product. One day, as Ethan tried to pull himself up, the portable crib rail collapsed and strangled him. He was eight months old. This portable crib was a hand-me-down, ... Read more
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IKEA Recall: One Year Later

Today marks one year since IKEA recalled 29 million dressers due to tip-over hazards – one of the largest furniture recalls in U.S. history. Despite the publicity that this recall received, the vast majority of those recalled dressers remain unaccounted for and continue to pose a risk to families and communities. It is not too late to get your refund from IKEA. To mark this anniversary we urge consumers with MALM or other dressers to contact IKEA ... Read more
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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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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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Super Bowl Sunday Update from KID: Furniture Tip-Overs, IKEA Recall, and #AnchorIt Campaign

Over the past few months, we’ve heard more parents, caregivers, and safety professionals discussing the hazard of furniture tip-overs than ever before. Social media presence, efforts by KID and other safety organizations, and TV news coverage have all played a role in raising awareness about this issue. In preparation for Super Bowl Sunday – a big day for the #AnchorIt campaign – we wanted to update our readers on this hazard. Current CPSC data ... Read more
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