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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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Emerging Hazards: Fidget Spinner Safety Tips

New fidget spinner business guidelines and safety tips were recently released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For parents and caregivers, it is important to know that the CPSC categorizes most fidget spinners as “general use” products, not toys. Even those marketed primarily to children under 12 are classified as “children’s products,” not toys. This distinction means that fidget spinners do not have to meet the federal ... Read more
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Summer 2017: KID Interns Share Their Experiences

One of the most rewarding parts of the day-to-day at KID is sharing our space with a wonderful group of interns and volunteers. At a small organization such as KID, we rely on these dedicated volunteers and interns to help fulfill our mission. Continue reading below to hear from a few of our interns on what they’ve been working on this summer. Rachel Constanzo In the past year that I’ve been interning with KID, I have been involved with ... Read more
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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Ethan’s Story

Ethan was an energetic and curious baby who loved to explore his environment. His parents would place him in the Baby Trend Home and Roam portable crib so that he could watch and learn from everyone around him. Sadly, this week marks the 16th anniversary of Ethan’s death from this product. One day, as Ethan tried to pull himself up, the portable crib rail collapsed and strangled him. He was eight months old. This portable crib was a hand-me-down, ... 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 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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KID’s Mobile Site and Other Online Resources

This week at KID we celebrate the strides we have made in making recall and product safety information more accessible to parents and caregivers through our mobile site. Five years ago this week, we launched our mobile site with the help of WeMakeitSafer and Table XI. The mobile site allows parents and caregivers have access to the latest recalls at their fingertips. Just as you’d look for reviews on a movie or restaurant before spending money, ... Read more
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CPSC Playground Report Sheds Light on Common Hazards

Winter is finally giving way to warmer temperatures, which means it’s time for kids to start spending more time outside. Playgrounds are a favorite for kids and caretakers, but they can also pose some unique hazards. Last month, CPSC released a report on playground injuries, which detailed the types and causes of injuries that children experienced at playgrounds between 2009 and 2014. More than one-third of all reported injuries (1,239 out of ... Read more
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