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New KID report shows injuries, incidents up in 2016 recalls

  On Monday, along with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, US PIRG and Illinois Action for Children, KID released new data on product recalls and children’s safety. This year marked a reversal of decreasing recall and injury numbers that the U.S. has seen in past years. In 2016, the number of recalls reported, as well as incidents and injuries associated with recalls, increased. The annual recall report, A KID Report Card: Children’s ... 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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What Can the Samsung Recall Teach Us About Children’s Product Safety?

Over Labor Day Weekend, news about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 overheating and causing fires and explosions shocked consumers worldwide. A month later, in early October, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a statement warning consumers to stop using the smartphone because it continued to pose a fire hazard. Luckily, Samsung agreed with the CPSC’s statement and announced that it would finally expand the recall to all Note 7 ... Read more
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Product Safety Priorities for CPSC

What should be the priorities when it comes to product safety? The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) poised this question to the public as the topic of a hearing on June 15. As they do each year, CPSC invited the public to provide written and oral testimony on the priorities for the agency for FY 17 (starting in October) and FY18 – the following year. Twenty individuals and organizations appeared at the hearing to testify and ten ... Read more
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KID – giving parents a voice

This past week, KID’s Executive Director, Nancy Cowles spent a few days in West Conshohocken, PA and one in Washington DC.  In both places, she was making sure that the voices of parents and consumers were heard by policy makers and represented as KID works for new strong standards and continued protections. ASTM International facilitates and publishes voluntary industry standards in many areas.  KID participates in committees on juvenile products, ... Read more
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Trevor (What to Know About Infant Swings)

One fateful day in April, Trevor fell asleep in his Lil Napper swing at his child care home and was tragically strangled. He became entangled in the shoulder harness straps that buckled between the legs. The swing had been recalled 5 years earlier but the news had unfortunately not reached the child care provider. (Read his full story here) Make sure to stay updated on recalls by going to www.cpsc.gov, as companies do not always use methods to reach ... Read more
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A day in Indianapolis with KID

KID’s summer Italian exchange student, Ludovica Chiappini, joined KID ED Nancy Cowles yesterday as they visited the Hoosier state to meet Staci Tober (Trevor’s mom) and Karlee D. Macer, a State Representative of Indiana. Below are some insights into their day tripYesterday, the 22nd of July 2015, at 5:45 AM my unique day began.I know, it is quite early to start working and it takes a lot less than three hours of driving to get to KID’s office. ... Read more
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CPSC Works to Improve Child Product Recalls

KID’s annual recall reports from the last two years have shown that child product recalls are worryingly inefficient. Only 14% of all 2013 recalled children’s products were successfully corrected or destroyed. For comparison, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has an average recall completion rate of 65%.The annual reports also brought to light issues with records that included quite a bit of missing information and mathematical ... Read more
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