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First the good news… Maryland’s legislative session ended with no further action on SB 618 which was an attempt to stop the ban on the sale of crib bumper pads which is to go into effect in June. With that, the ban is all set to be enacted, starting on June 21, 2013. You can find more information on the ban and its implementation at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene site. Here in Illinois, HB 3052 which passed a House committee ... Read more
Last April, Chicago became the first municipality (or any governmental unit for that matter) to ban the sale of crib bumper pads. The ordinance’s sponsors (Aldermen Balcer and Cardenas) and those who voted for it listened to the testimony of SIDS of Illinois and Kids In Danger and realized that these useless, decorative items weren’t worth the risk. This December, we decided to find out how it was working. KID and SIDS of Illinois staff visited ... Read more
Children across all demographics need safe children’s products and safe surroundings, and it is KID’s mission to make that a reality through growth of our outreach programs, increasing visibility of KID’s mobile site that includes a truly useful recall search function, and continuing to be the voice for families on child product safety as policy and regulations are developed and in setting tough new standards.It has been a year of accomplishments. ... Read more
The Illinois House is still considering HB 4638, sponsored by Illinois Representative Emily McAsey of Romeoville. The bill bans the sale of crib bumper pads in Illinois. It will be voted on this week. The American Academy of Pediatrics, SIDS of Illinois, and Kids in Danger all warn parents not to use crib bumper pads. On KID’s webpage are the stories of Aiden and Preston (pictured right), babies who suffocated on the bumper pad in their ... Read more
Updated: Chicago’s landmark ban on the sale of crib bumper pads goes into effect this April. Now, the Illinois House is considering a similar measure, HB 4638, sponsored by Illinois Representative Emily McAsey of Romeoville. Thanks to the efforts of the sponsor and supporters of SIDS of Illinois, the bill moved through committee and will be voted on this Friday, March 9 by the House. In the meantime, a companion bill (SB 2815, introduced ... Read more
Friday, the President signed H.R. 2715 which amends the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) to address specific implementation issues that arose since it passed in 2008. After legislation that would gut key safety provisions was introduced but stalled, Congress worked to pass a bipartisan bill that was narrowly tailored to address specific issues based on information from CPSC, the business community and consumers. What does H.R. 2175 ... Read more
The Chicago City Council’s Committee on Health and Environmental Protection held a hearing on June 28, 2011 to consider a resolution introduced by Alderman Balcer regarding the steps the City of Chicago can take to prevent infant deaths due to suffocation from bumper pads. KID, along with representatives from SIDS of Illinois testified in favor of the resolution. KID told the stories of Aiden and Preston, who both suffocated against bumper pads. ... Read more
Update: Governor Paterson signed the bill today, July 30.The state of New York is coming closer to effectively removing drop-side cribs from stores and homes of its concerned residents. A bill banning the sale, import, manufacture, and distribution of drop-side cribs was approved by the state legislators at the end of last month. It now remains to be signed by Gov. David Paterson to go into effect.The proposed bill reflects an understanding that ... Read more