News in 2008

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 responds to concerns about CPSIA

January 2009 Kids In Danger posted information about the implementation of CPSIA on our blog for those concerned about some of the implementation issues. KID believes that CPSC has the authority within the framework of the law to address many of the concerns raised by handmade children’s product makers and second hand sellers. KID and other consumer groups are working with both NARTS which represents second hand sellers and others to keep children safe from dangerous products while implementing the law in a way that doesn’t negatively impact small businesses. This same organizations issued a letter to Nancy Nord, CPSC Chairman, expressing our views and urging CPSC to take swift action to clarify their implementation.

IL AG launches plan to better protect IL consumers

October 2008 Kids In Danger joined Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in her launch of a three-pronged approach to hold manufacturers and distributors accountable for defective, often dangerous, products. Madigan announced a lawsuit against SFCA, Inc., the distributor of the Simplicity bassinets responsible for two infant deaths, called upon CPSC to implement a refund-only recall policy and released Rest Assured, a comprehensive guide to help parents identify recalled play yards, bassinets and cribs.

California enacts children’s safety legislation

September 2008 On September 29, 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Product Recall Safety & Protection Act (AB 1860) into law. The Act requires recall notice posting requirements in stores, establishes specific procedures for retailers to follow in the event of a recall and requires manufacturers to take recalled products back at no cost to retailers and consumers.

KID releases new report on summer safety for young children

August 14, 2008 KID released Summer Safety: Product injury patterns in children under six today. Read more.

President Bush signs landmark CPSC Reform

August 14, 2008 President Bush signed into the law the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, starting the clock ticking on key provisions of the bill. Consumer groups, including KID, thanked both the President and the many Congressional leaders who worked to pass such a strong bill.

KID applauds Congress for passing landmark CPSC Reform

August 2008 release Kids In Danger applauds Congress for passing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. This legislation is the strongest new consumer safety legislation since the founding of the CPSC. KID now urges the Senate and the President to act swiftly to get these life-saving measures in place. Read more.

House passes Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

July 2008 release Kids In Danger joins with other leading consumer groups in praising the House of Representatives for passing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. With this 424 to 1 vote, we are one step closer to establishing a child safety system that will keep our children safe from tainted toys and collapsing cribs. KID now urges the Senate and the President to act swiftly to get these life-saving measures in place.

Nation’s leading consumer organizations release report documenting need for CPSC reform

July 2008 release Kids In Danger has joined with other leading consumer groups to release Total Recall: The Need for CPSC Reform Now. This reports documents the alarming increase in recalls this year over last year, the Year of the Recall. The report shows children’s product recalls up 29% in the first six months of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007 and toy recalls up 71% in the same time period.

Jardine recalls 320,000 cribs for entrapment hazards

June 2008 release Jardine has recalled 320,000 cribs because of entrapment hazards posed by broken slats and spindles. The cribs were sold from January 2002 through May 2008. Models include Berkley, Hilton, Positano, Spindle, and Windsor Jardine cribs. Customers can contact Jardine for a voucher for a new crib from Toys”R”Us or Babies”R”Us, the retailers where the recalled cribs were sold. For more information, visit Jardine or call (800) 646-4106. The Illinois Attorney General has prepared a flyer for posting wherever parents might see it. Read more.

KID calls for federal ban on toxic toys

June 2008 release Kids In Danger joined with Illinois PIRG, the Breast Cancer Fund and others to call on Congress to ban toxic phthalates in children’s products. Standing before a 25 foot rubber duck and with buckets of toxic rubber duckies, KID program director Sarah Chusid spoke of the need to include the phthalate ban in the pending CPSC Reform Act. Of 15 members of the conference committee working on the legislation, two — Congressman Bobby Rush and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky — are from Illinois. The group commended the two on their leadership on product safety and urged them to include the phthalate ban along with other important consumer protections in the final bill. Read Sarah’s statement here. Read more here.

KID Co-founder and ED travel to DC for product safety

May 2008 release Kids In Danger co-founder and President, Linda Ginzel and executive director Nancy Cowles, traveled to Washington DC on May 15th to meet with policymakers about their priorities for the CPSC Reform Act now pending in Congress. In the morning, Linda spoke at a Stroller Rally about her son Danny and the important opportunity we now face to create lasting change in the children’s product safety system. Read her statement here. KID is working with grassroots consumer groups across the country on this vital issue. Here is coverage of the Stroll for Safety press event.

KID releases 2007: The Year of the Recall

February 2008 release Together with US Representative Jan Schakowsky KID released their annual report on children’s product recalls today. The report found that children’s product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) jumped in 2007. There were 231 recalls accounting for more than 46 million items, including twelve recalls that involved one million or more units. “These products together caused at least 657 injuries and 6 deaths,” stated Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids In Danger. ” And those incidents include only those already reported at the time of the recall. More needs to be done to protect children from these hazards.” Read more.

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