Category Archives: product safety

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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This Week at KID

As usual, KID staff, interns, and volunteers have been hard at work. Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to over the last week: All week: KID interns and work study students have been returning to the office after their spring break vacations. Check out KID’s blog to meet the 2016-2017 work study students from the University of Chicago. As KID prepares for this year’s Best Friend Award Night, the interns have been hard at work reaching ... Read more
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KID in Wisconsin for MIPA 2016

On December 1st and 2nd, KID’s Executive Director, Nancy Cowles, and I travelled to Pewaukee, Wisconsin for the annual Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance (MIPA) Summit. The MIPA Summit brings together injury prevention professionals from across the Midwest to connect with one another and share ideas, challenges, and successes. Over the course of those two days, we had the option to attend panel presentations on topics such as safe sleep, data ... Read more
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Director’s Blog by Nancy Cowles: A Week at ICPHSO

As KID’s executive director, I represent KID in the International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization (ICPHSO) – a multi-stakeholder organization working to share information and move product safety forward.  This year (until February) I am serving as President.  In that role, I just returned from a week in Brussels, Belgium, where ICPHSO held its 2016 International Symposium, coupled with the International Product Safety Week ... 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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Trade-In Your Used Car Seats for Savings at Toys“R”Us

It’s that time of year again – the Toys“R”Us Great Trade In: Car Seat Event is upon us. This event is always a favorite, and for good reason! As we all know, car seats are a must-have safety item for all young children. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to know if the car seat you’re buying is the right one for your child’s age and size, and they can be expensive. This trade-in event allows you ensure your child is riding in the ... Read more
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New Packaging Standards for Liquid Nicotine: A Major Victory Against Child Poisoning

According to an American Academy of Pediatrics study released in March of 2016, exposures to e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid among young children rapidly increased between 2012 and 2015. In that time, the National Poison Data System received over 29,000 calls for nicotine and tobacco product exposures for kids under the age of six. Of these incidents, children exposed to e-cigarettes were 5.2 times more likely to be admitted to a health care facility ... Read more
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