Category Archives: toys

January Journal

Nancy Cowles, KID’s Executive Director, spent time this week at standard setting meetings for the ASTM International Toy Safety subcommittee.  These are her notes from the week:Monday, January 5, 2015:KID’s email alert went out for January – meanwhile, I headed north (brrr) to Ottawa, Ontario for the meeting of the Toy Safety subcommittee of ASTM International.  This group develops the standard (F963) that addresses safety in toys.  Unlike ... Read more
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KID joins partners to promote child product safety

At KID, we pride ourselves on giving a voice to parents and caregivers by giving them a seat at the table to ensure safety is the first priority when it comes to children’s products. However, the strength of our voice and the impact of our efforts are significantly increased when other advocates and partners in safety join their voices with ours. Over the past month, KID has teamed up with the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Illinois PIRG ... Read more
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CPSC releases toy safety report

In November, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released their Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries Report for the year of 2013. The report states that in 2013, nine children under the age of twelve were lost due to toy-related fatalities, most of which occurred by asphyxiation. KID recommends preventing choking and asphyxiation by using a toilet paper roll to test small toys and parts. If an item fits inside a toilet paper roll, it presents ... Read more
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Safety tricks for a safe and happy Halloween

Friday is Halloween – a great day for fun and treats. Use these simple tricks to avoid these safety hazards and potential injuries. Hazard: Jack O’Lanterns and decorative candles can represent very dangerous fire hazards when you have children in costumes playing nearby.Safe solution: Use battery powered flashlights and imitation candle lights to avoid open flames.Hazard: Costumes are not required by law to be any more flame resistant than ... Read more
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CPSC Chair Circle of Commendation Award

This week, the Chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Inez Tenenbaum, announced her Circle of Commendation Award winners for 2013. Each year, this award has been given to organizations and individuals who have worked to improve product safety.  This year, KID was thrilled when Dr. Joshua Sharfstein of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene was among the winners.  Most recently Dr. Sharfstein worked to ban the ... Read more
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Just when you thought you’ve seen it all…

When I came across this story, it caught my eye – a young boy was injured when a toy eyeball he was playing with cracked and leaked into his eyes.  In KID’s early days, our co-founder Boaz Keysar used to carry this same toy around with him.  He’d pull it out when someone expressed disbelief that toys or children’s products could reach the market without being tested for safety.  For this little engaging toy -- then and now -- was filled ... Read more
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KID releases report on 2012 children’s product recalls

As we have done every year since 2002, today KID released our report on children’s product recalls from the past year.  In 2012, the number of children’s product recalls continued to decline to 97, the lowest number since 2004.   But while the number declined, let’s put it in perspective.  Most parents say they hear about recalls once or twice a month at the most – but in fact, in 2012, a children’s product was recalled every three ... Read more
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New regulations and funding help CPSC keep kids safe

More than 2 million dangerous toys were stopped at ports and kept from ending up on store shelves due to joint action by CPSC and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in 2012.  In the past four years, since increased authority and funding was provided by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), CPSC has stopped more than 2,400 dangerous or violative toys and children’s products – 8.5 million units. “Proactive port surveillance, ... Read more
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