Category Archives: cpsc

New Packaging Standards for Liquid Nicotine: A Major Victory Against Child Poisoning

According to an American Academy of Pediatrics study released in March of 2016, exposures to e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid among young children rapidly increased between 2012 and 2015. In that time, the National Poison Data System received over 29,000 calls for nicotine and tobacco product exposures for kids under the age of six. Of these incidents, children exposed to e-cigarettes were 5.2 times more likely to be admitted to a health care facility ... Read more
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Hoverboards recalled by CPSC, 10 firms

It’s summer, and that means plenty of time for the kids to enjoy the great weather. Don’t let dangerous hoverboards get in the way of their fun! Following about 100 incident reports, Hoverboards have been officially recalled by 10 manufacturers and retailers. These incidents have ranged from sparks to explosions; the batteries inside the hoverboards have been known to overheat and catch fire, resulting in burns or damage to personal property. ... Read more
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Product Safety Priorities for CPSC

What should be the priorities when it comes to product safety? The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) poised this question to the public as the topic of a hearing on June 15. As they do each year, CPSC invited the public to provide written and oral testimony on the priorities for the agency for FY 17 (starting in October) and FY18 – the following year. Twenty individuals and organizations appeared at the hearing to testify and ten ... Read more
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KID, others meet with CPSC Chairman on furniture tip-overs

Late last month, we learned of another death involving the IKEA Malm dresser. A not-quite two-year-old boy in Minnesota was killed when his dresser toppled over on him. This was after a July 2015 non-recall announcement by IKEA and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that two other children had been killed by Malm dressers and announcing efforts to distribute more safety straps to anyone who had any IKEA dressers. It did not include recalling ... Read more
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Advocates call for action on IKEA furniture tip-over

Today, Kids In Danger (KID), Consumer Federation of America (CFA), Consumers Union and the National Center for Health Research called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to secure a formal recall of IKEA furniture responsible for the deaths of three toddlers in tip-over incidents. In a letter to CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye, we urged CPSC to take strong, immediate action to better protect children from the tip-over hazard of certain ... Read more
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Recalls drop, progress made in social media usage to increase recall awareness, but most recalled products remain in use

KID has been tracking children’s product recalls from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for over a decade.  It is a good measure both of what is entering the market that might be hazardous and the strength of our children’s product safety system – can we keep dangerous products off store shelves and out of our homes?  This year, we can see that stronger standards and oversight by regulatory agencies have had a measurable effect ... Read more
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Director’s Blog by Nancy Cowles: a week at ICPHSO

Leap Day fell at the start of a busy week in DC. On behalf of KID, I am a member of the International Consumer Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO[1]), an organization that brings together all the stakeholders in product safety to share information, best practices and new research on how to keep consumers safe. As Symposium Chair, I worked with ICPHSO staff, volunteers and board members to pull together our annual symposium held last week in ... Read more
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Consumer report and KID Best Friend Mitch Lipka dies

This week KID lost a best friend. Mitch Lipka died after a courageous fight against cancer. Mitch was an award winning consumer reporter. Soon after Danny died in a dangerous portable crib in 1998, Mitch began to investigate the children’s product safety system that would allow such a deadly product to not only stay in homes and child care facilities, but also enter the market in the first place. The result was series of articles in the Sun-Sentinel ... Read more
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