Category Archives: Research

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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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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KID Research: Are Current Product Testing Methods for Small Parts Adequate?

Part of our mission at KID is to regularly contribute new and influential research on product safety issues. We publish annual recall reports investigating trends in incidents, injuries, and deaths associated with recalled products, but we also investigate specific product safety issues. This week, our latest report, Choking Hazards: Are Current Product Testing Methods for Small Parts Adequate?, was published in the International Journal of Pediatrics. Choking ... Read more
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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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New Study Shows Increasing Injuries from Nursery Products

As consumers, parents and caregivers expect nursery products such as cribs, strollers, and high chairs to be safe. Unfortunately, we at KID have seen time and time again how many nursery products pose serious hazards to children.  A new study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has looked at 21 years of data to investigate trends in nursery product-related injuries. They found that in the U.S., a child ... Read more
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New Research: Which Factors Influence Parents’ Decisions About Safe Sleep?

A recent study from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing looked into how parents around the world make decisions about where their infants sleep each night. The researchers wondered: what factors go into parents’ decisions about their infants’ sleep environments? They found that safety was a primary concern for parents, but other factors, such as comfort for baby and parents, ease of access to baby, and ease of breastfeeding, also ... Read more
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New Research: Many Advertisements Don’t Adhere to Safe Sleep Guidelines

If you follow KID on social media, you may have seen us discussing recent research on the role advertisements might play in safe sleep messaging. A recent study at the University of Alabama examined thousands of magazine ads for children’s products, including cribs. They wondered: Do advertisements featuring sleep spaces adhere to the safe sleep guidelines established by the AAP? The results were mixed – 35% of ads did not follow safe sleep guidelines. ... Read more
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The Dangers of Bath Seats

Infant bath seats made headlines back in 2010, when the CPSC created a mandatory standard  to address the injuries and fatalities these products were causing. To prevent drowning deaths, the standard is very strict – no bath seats currently meet that standard. This post will outline the hazards posed by bath seats and remind you why we recommend against using them. Research shows that bath seats create a false sense of security. Parents and ... Read more
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