Category Archives: product safety

Victory for Petitioners as CPSC Moves to Ban Toxic Flame Retardants

Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took steps to protect consumers from a class of flame retardants known as organohalogens. This ruling came after KID, along with other consumer, healthcare, firefighter, and science groups, petitioned the CPSC to take action. This ruling marks the first time a federal agency has moved to outlaw an entire class of flame retardants due to public health and safety concerns. Organohalogen flame ... Read more
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KID Releases New Report on Fire Hazards

Last week, KID released a new report on fire and burn hazards within children’s products: Playing with Fire Hazards: An analysis of children’s products recalled for fire hazards from June 2007 to July 2017. This report aims to raise awareness about dangerous children’s products and promote safety. KID’s research revealed many things, but one particularly striking result is the increasing rates of recalled products. We found that an average ... Read more
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Buy and Sell Safely on National Thrift Shop Day

Today KID celebrates National Thrift Shop Day. Thrift shops are important community resources in that they offer discounted items, more sustainable shopping options, and encourage donation over disposal. However, not all used items are safe to use, especially for children. Before you run out to your local thrift shop today, we want to make sure you have the information you need to buy and sell used items safely. Certain categories of products ... Read more
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KID Reviews the Data: Tips for Home Treadmill Use

Treadmills can be a great addition to the home for busy families trying to get in some exercise. As with most large machines, caution must be taken while using them – especially if you have young children in the house. The issue of treadmill safety became headline news in 2009 when Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter tragically died in a treadmill accident. Since then, many news outlets and safety organizations have followed and reported on the ... Read more
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The Biggest Recalls of 2017 (So Far)

Summer is in full swing and we’ve made it halfway through 2017. Several dozen children’s products have been recalled this year – already outpacing 2016 recalls. At this time of year, we like to remind parents and caregivers about the biggest recalls of the year, so far. Checking your products for recalls is an important step in protecting your home and your children from common hazards. If you have any of these products, stop using them immediately ... Read more
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KID and Others Urge Consumers to Look for Certified Hoverboards

Hoverboards made the news a year ago when hundreds of incident reports led to recalls by 10 manufacturers. Even after these recalls, hoverboards continue to pose a fire risk to consumers. KID, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Consumer Federation of America recently released a statement urging consumers to take certain precautions when purchasing, using, storing or charging hoverboards. Most overheating incidents occur when a hoverboard is left charging ... 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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