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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,, 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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Help keep KID’s programs moving forward

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
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Another call for action on crib bumper ban in Illinois

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
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Action needed in Illinois: Support the statewide ban on crib bumpers

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
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President signs H.R. 2715 to amend CPSIA

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
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