Category Archives: juvenile products

Trick or Treat: Tips for a Safe Halloween

It’s that time of the year again - Jack-o-Lanterns line the streets while spooky ghosts and ghouls roam from house to house collecting their treats. However, some aspects of the holiday can also pose certain hazards. According to the CPSC, there have been at least 16 cases since 1980 in which children under 15 suffered burn injuries involving Halloween costumes. Children are also more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween ... 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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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Jared’s Story

On April 25, 1997, Jared was killed when the Evenflo Happy Camper portable crib he was in collapsed. Just 8 months old, Jared was a happy and spirited baby who wowed everyone he met with his beautiful blue eyes. The portable crib that killed Jared, which featured rotating center hinges on the top rails, should have been recalled much earlier. Jared was the 11th baby killed in this type of crib when he became trapped in the V-shape of the collapsed ... Read more
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KID Honors Burn Awareness Week

During this National Burn Awareness Week, KID aims to draw attention to some common burn and fire hazards. Fire and burn hazards have received more attention recently due to the Samsung Galaxy Note7 and Hoverboard recalls. According to the CDC, 300 children are treated in emergency rooms every day as a result of burn injuries. Another 2 children die every day as a result of burns. Our goal at KID is to help prevent these injuries and fatalities, and ... Read more
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Trade In Your Used Children’s Products for Savings at Babies“R”Us

It’s that time of year again – the Babies“R”Us Great Trade-In Event is upon us! This is always a popular event – and for good reason. Children outgrow things quickly, and products that see a lot of frequent use can become heavily worn and unsafe, or even recalled. It’s important to take stock regularly and evaluate whether the items in your home are in good, usable condition. KID recommends replacing outgrown, damaged, or unsafe items ... Read more
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KID Celebrates Safe Toys and Gifts Month

The Holidays are officially upon us! As you celebrate this special time with your loved ones, make sure safety stays a priority. December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month, and in order to celebrate, we have pulled together some helpful tips on how to give safely this holiday season: When in doubt, use the toilet paper roll test: If a toy, or any small, breakable parts, can fit inside a toilet paper cardboard tube, it is too small for children under ... Read more
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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Remembering Ellie

In December of 2002, 13 month-old Ellie lost her life when the changing table attachment on her play yard fell on her. This post is dedicated to Ellie, who would have been 15 years old today. KID wants to honor her family’s strength and to highlight that unsafe, inadequately tested products continue to pose deadly consequences to our children. Ellie’s play yard had no locking mechanism on its changing table attachment. When the changing table ... Read more
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A Week in the Life of KID

September went out with a bang at KID with lots of activity.  Busy weeks like this remind us all how important KID’s work is to children’s product safety. KID ED Nancy Cowles spent the first part of the week at ASTM International subcommittee meetings on juvenile products.  From gates to cribs, crib mattresses to strollers, and more, changes were adopted or proposed to the voluntary standards that will make these products safer.  These ... Read more
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