Category Archives: legislation

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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Illinois Senate fails to pass ban on crib bumper pads

This spring, health and safety groups supported legislation to ban the sale of crib bumper pads in Illinois due to the risk of suffocation.  The bill, HB 5348, passed the House and the Senate Public Health Committee.  But Friday night, at the 11th hour, the Senate failed to support the bill.  The bill is on postponed consideration and may be considered again in the fall.               HB 5348 was supported by a wide range of Illinois organizations ... Read more
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Illinois Senate to address crib bumper pad ban

This week a statewide ban on crib bumper pads will head to the Illinois Senate floor. HB 5348, the Illinois crib bumper pad ban, would ban the sale of crib bumpers. The effective date is January 2016, giving manufacturers and retailers plenty of time to comply.Still manufacturers are dragging their feet. The Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JMPA) argues that current ASTM standards are enough to protect children from the hazards associated ... 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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KID releases new report on SaferProducts.gov

August 14 marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) back in 2008. This landmark safety legislation paved the way for improvement in safety standards and lead to the creation of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s public database, SaferProducts.gov, in March of 2011. This website allows consumers to share their personal experiences with various products, reporting any incidents or ... Read more
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Words from a Champion: Guest Blog by Congresswoman Schakowsky

Congresswoman Schakowsky joined KID and others to mark the fifth anniversary of this landmark safety bill.  She offers these insights.   This month we mark the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the most significant product safety reform since the creation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1972. I am proud to stand here today with Rep. Bobby Rush, as a cosponsor of his ... Read more
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Update on crib bumper pad action in Maryland and Illinois

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
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A check-up on Chicago’s ban on crib bumpers

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
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