Category Archives: standards

Safe Sleep Month: What is a Safe Sleep Environment?

October is Safe Sleep Month – a time of year when parents, caregivers and safety advocates come together to focus on one of the key safety issues affecting infants. We’ve found that a common source of confusion for parents and caregivers is the different types of sleep environments available, from cribs to bassinets, and whether or not they are safe. When KID was founded in 1998, there were no mandatory federal safety standards for children’s ... 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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KID Guidelines for a Safe Spring

Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning is a great way to start fresh in the new season. As a part of your 2017 spring cleaning, KID recommends the following: Get rid of clutter in cribs. Excess bedding such as bumper pads, sleep positioners, pillows, blankets, comforters, and stuffed toys can pose strangulation and suffocation hazards. When it comes to sleep spaces – #BareIsBest. Anchor your furniture. Injuries and deaths due to furniture and ... Read more
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Child product safety in this new administration

With any change in administration comes questions about the impact on consumer protections.  When the political party in charge changes, the questions are bigger and with a new administration without a previous record in government -- it’s even harder to find the answers. Here are the questions KID has at the start of the new Trump Administration: Will CPSC get the funding it needs to carry out its mission to keep products in the US market ... 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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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Remembering Ellie

In December of 2002, 13 month-old Ellie lost her life when the changing table attachment on her play yard fell on her. This post is dedicated to Ellie, who would have been 15 years old today. KID wants to honor her family’s strength and to highlight that unsafe, inadequately tested products continue to pose deadly consequences to our children. Ellie’s play yard had no locking mechanism on its changing table attachment. When the changing table ... 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, others meet with CPSC Chairman on furniture tip-overs

Late last month, we learned of another death involving the IKEA Malm dresser. A not-quite two-year-old boy in Minnesota was killed when his dresser toppled over on him. This was after a July 2015 non-recall announcement by IKEA and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that two other children had been killed by Malm dressers and announcing efforts to distribute more safety straps to anyone who had any IKEA dressers. It did not include recalling ... Read more
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