Category Archives: design

CSPC Sues to Get B.O.B. Strollers Recalled

Late last week, the US CPSC voted 3-1 to file suit against Britax to force action on B.O.B. jogging strollers made prior to 2015. According to the complaint, these strollers have caused injury to both children and adults when the front wheel disengages and the front fork hits the ground causing a sudden stop and instability. Britax bought B.O.B. in 2011 and imported the strollers through 2015. According to the complaint, there were at least 200 ... Read more
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Rethinking Furniture Safety: Safer Designs for a Safer Home

After six children lost their lives and other children were seriously injured, IKEA finally issued a recall of millions of their MALM and other models of chests and dressers in the U.S. and Canada. The CPSC urges consumers to contact IKEA for a full refund and to properly anchor all furniture to prevent tip over. KID applauded IKEA’s voluntary recall efforts, yet pointed to the importance of designing products for children and their homes that are ... Read more
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Shine a little sunshine on unsafe products

Thirteen … that’s how many deaths could have been prevented in the latest instance of corporate officers knowingly concealing a serious product defect through secrecy agreements.  Through secrecy agreements in litigation, corporations and manufacturers hide their wrongdoing and avoid responsibility.  Consider recent events:General Motors vehicle ignition defect has been linked to at least 13 deaths and many more injuries and went unreported ... Read more
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Just when you thought you’ve seen it all…

When I came across this story, it caught my eye – a young boy was injured when a toy eyeball he was playing with cracked and leaked into his eyes.  In KID’s early days, our co-founder Boaz Keysar used to carry this same toy around with him.  He’d pull it out when someone expressed disbelief that toys or children’s products could reach the market without being tested for safety.  For this little engaging toy -- then and now -- was filled ... Read more
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Focusing on Future Engineers to Prevent Flawed Child Products

This summer KID’s TEST (Teaching Early Safety Testing) program is getting a makeover. This KID program is designed to promote the development of safe products by integrating design safety, standards, and testing practices into the undergraduate engineering curriculum.  We have two interns, Brittany Stosiek from Eastern Illinois University and Ellen Puglisi of Creighton University, working on the project, along with input from our Chicago Booth ... Read more
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CPSC and Baby Matters settle suit over Nap Nanny, announce full recall

On Friday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Baby Matters LLC announced a settlement of the administrative case CPSC filed late last year after five deaths in the infant sleep product.  In addition to the deaths, there were 92 incidents in which babies fell partially out of the product into potentially dangerous positions. As part of the settlement, all Nap Nanny products have been recalled by the company.  Unfortunately, the ... Read more
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KID’s TEST program gives students experience in design safety

As the students at Northwestern University are finishing up their spring quarter, the freshman engineering students proudly presented their final design products. Four teams of students worked with Kids In Danger (KID) developing prototypes to address design problems that had led to injuries, deaths and recalls.  Two teams took a look at recent recalls for infant sleep environments other than cribs – the PeaPod Travel Bed, Nap Nanny and others ... Read more
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University of Michigan students design safer crib

Students at the University of Michigan joined together in Project Safe Crib to look at design ideas to eliminate some of the hazards that have led to millions of cribs being pulled from the market due to defects, injuries and deaths. The team developed a prototype (painted of course in proud Michigan colors) that can only be assembled one way and with virtually no hardware, even though it still has a dropside. The dropside can even store under the ... Read more
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