Category Archives: cpsc

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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An interview with CPSC’s Jonathan Midgett

Earlier this month, KID had a chance to talk with Jonathan Midgett, an engineering psychologist at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). We asked him some questions about product safety and human factors to better understand how important this field is to protect consumers and keep kids safe.The leader of the Children’s Hazards Program Areas Team at the CPSC, Jonathan has a lot of know-how about how children’s products and children ... Read more
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Danny, Inez and KID’s best friends

Sixteen years ago today, Linda Ginzel arrived at her son Danny’s child care home to find he had been rushed to the hospital.  She later learned he had been strangled by the collapsing top rails of the portable crib he napped in while at child care.  Danny’s parents were shocked to discover that the crib had been recalled 5 years earlier and that Danny was the fifth child to die in that brand.  They couldn’t believe that a child’s portable ... Read more
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“Company Doe” to be unmasked

In a win for consumer safety, a federal district appeals court overturned a ruling that had allowed a manufacturer to hide its identity and seal all documents in a case against the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Stating that the public’s first amendment “right to access” trumped Company Doe’s fear of economic woes that might occur if the public found out about the case, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that all ... Read more
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President Obama nominates CPSC ED Elliot Kaye as Chairman

President Obama has nominated Elliot Kaye, Executive Director of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to serve as the new chairman of the agency.  Kaye has been at the commission since 2010 when Inez Tenenbaum was sworn in as chairman.  He joins nominee for commissioner, Joe Mohorovic who was nominated by President Obama in November for the open Republican spot on the Commission.  Both await Senate confirmation. Both nominees bring prior ... Read more
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Saferproducts.gov is three years old today

We’re celebrating a birthday here at KID – three years ago today, SaferProducts.gov launched at CPSC.  As required by the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), CPSC developed a consumer incident database which gives the public an opportunity to review product incident reports and make their own reports.  To date, over 20,000 reports have been published through the site. Just as you might check restaurant reviews, check out a ... Read more
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CPSC approves new mandatory standard for strollers, but delays effective date

Since the adoption of Danny’s Law in 2008, CPSC has developed and adopted 12 mandatory standards for infant and toddler durable products.  The most recent is the Carriage and Stroller standard.  The commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt this standard. As required, this standard starts with the ASTM International voluntary standard.  In this instance, CPSC added a requirement to address head entrapment under adjustable grab bars.  ... Read more
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KID’s new report shows need for more work to get recalls out of homes.

Update: Check out the updated USA Today article , NBC 5 Chicago video coverage of the report, pictures from the event. 4 more children’s products have been recalled for safety hazards since KID’s recall report last week.  “Like” KID on Facebook to keep up with the latest recalls and sign up for KID’s email alert to get a list of recalls delivered to your inbox each month.  Today KID released a report, After the Recall: Dangerous Products ... Read more
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