News in 2007

In addition to providing information pertaining to our organization, KID provides brief updates on current children's product safety information and events. For more frequent news, visit KID's blog.

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KID gives safe holiday tips for parents

December 2007 Many parents are wondering how to buy safe toys and gifts for their children this year. KID gives tips on safe shopping as well as traveling safely with infants and young children. You can see KID executive director, Nancy Cowles, talking about the safety tips on WLS TV (ABC 7) here.

CPSC and Simplicity announce repair kit for faulty crib

October 2007 Today, CPSC and Simplicity announced a repair kit for the one million cribs recalled in September after at least three deaths. The repair kit will eliminate the dropside function of the crib, making both side rails fixed in place. Because this might be a hardship for some parents and because of the many failures reported to us in this crib that involve the wood as well as the hardware, KID is still calling on Simplicity and the CPSC to offer a refund for the crib for anyone not satisfied with the repair kit.

Still no remedy offered for Simplicity and Graco recalled cribs

October 2007 On September 21, Simplicity and CPSC recalled 1 million cribs that led to at least 3 deaths. KID is calling on Simplicity and the CPSC to offer a refund for the crib. “After almost a month, parents are still left with a dangerous crib and no remedy in sight. CPSC should stop delaying safety and demand a refund so consumers can purchase a new crib,” states Nancy Cowles, executive director.

Children’s Product Safety Act signed in New Jersey

August 2007 Governor Corzine signed S265, the Children’s Product Safety Act, on August 6, 2007. The new act will be effective in February 2008.

KID releases new report on fire and burn hazards of recalled children’s products

August 2007 Kids In Danger released a new report today that showed that fire and burn injuries from children’s product recalls have grown dramatically since KID’s last report on the topic five years ago. Click here to read more. Find the report here.

Chicago hearing to be held on CPSC and toys with magnets

June 2007 US Senator Dick Durbin and US Repesentative Bobby Rush will hold a Congressional Field Hearing in Chicago on Monday, June 18, 2007 to look at the issue of toys with magnets and general US Consumer Product Safety Commission oversight issues. Click here for a flyer with more information. Click here to read KID’s testimony on how to improve children’s product safety.

Industry lobbyist withdraws name from CPSC nomination

May 2007 Michael Baroody has withdrawn his name as the Bush nominee to head the US Consumer Product Safety Commission following weeks of intense scrutiny by Senate Democrats over his career as a top industry lobbyist. Read more.

Chicago Tribune highlights flaws of children’s product safety system in new article series

May 2007 On Sunday, May 6 and Monday May 7, 2007 the Chicago Tribune’s Patricia Callahan’s in-depth series on CPSC and magnet hazards ran in the Tribune. Read more.

KID releases Unexpected Danger: Children’s Product Recalls in 2006

March 2007 release Together with US Representative Jan Schakowsky and joined by KID co-founder Linda Ginzel, KID released their annual report on children’s product recalls today. One hundred and eleven children’s products were recalled last year, accounting for 177 injuries and six deaths. Reacting to the report, Congresswoman Schakowsky announced the introduction of the Infant and Toddler Durable Product Safety Act and the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act. Read more.

NJ Assembly passes Children’s Product Safety Act

March 2007 release Kids In Danger praises the New Jersey Assembly today for their action in passing The Children’s Product Safety Act. The Act prohibits the sale or lease of unsafe children’s products or their use in licensed child care facilities in New Jersey.
Sponsored by Senators Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Paul Sarlo (D-36), the bill (S265) passed by unanimous vote early last year in the Senate. Today’s action, led by Assembly sponsors Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37), Gary Schaer (D-36) and Gordon Johnson (D-37), now moves the bill back to the senate to approve the assembly amendments.

Industry lobbyist named to head CPSC

March 2007 email alert President Bush recently announced his intention to nominate Michael Baroody to be a chairman on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

This top lobbyist for business interests and vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers is a highly controversial choice for the agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products.

The position has been vacant for eight months, allowing the six-month interim period in which the panel can operate without a third member to lapse, and essentially stripping the CPSC of its authority to conduct even routine business.

Tell President Bush that you want a strong voice for children’s safety at CPSC.

Consumer safety panel at a standstill

February 2007 email alert Former Chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hal Stratton, stepped down in July of 2006, and after seven months, his vacant seat remains unfilled.

The law states that the safety panel cannot operate without a third member after six months, preventing it from enacting further safety rules or assigning fines. Prior to the cutoff, the committee acted quickly to pass regulations for products, including lead levels in children’s jewelry. However, without a third commissioner, the CPSC is unable to enact those rules.

Without a quorum, the CPSC has essentially been stripped of the authority to carry out its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products. Until President Bush adds a member to the panel, improving children’s product safety remains an elusive goal.

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