News in 2010

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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CPSC adopts world’s strongest crib standards

December 2010 Kids In Danger applauds CPSC’s historic vote to approve the strongest crib safety standards in the world. After years of recalls of millions of cribs due to entrapment deaths and injuries, the new standards, which become mandatory in six months, will ensure that new cribs have been tested for safety to rigorous standards. Read a statement from the consumer group coalition or more on our blog.

CPSC approves final rules for public database

November 2010 Today, CPSC passed (3-2) the final rule for the landmark public database required by the CPSIA. This database, scheduled to go live in March 2011, will help keep children safe — allowing parents to learn about hazards before they purchase a new stroller or crib, rather than when the product is recalled months or years later. Public access to information is a cost effective way for government to improve safety. Not only can parents report problems and learn of other consumers’ experiences, but CPSC and manufacturers will have an additional incentive to address safety concerns expediently. Read a statement from the consumer group coalition or more on our blog.

KID submits comments to CPSC on historic crib standards

October 2010 Today is the deadline for public comments on the proposed mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size cribs at CPSC. This is something KID has been pushing for since our founding — strong mandatory standards with rigorous third party testing. We applaud the work CPSC has done to get to this point and look forward to full implementation! KID submitted our comments this morning. Read more.

CPSC, FDA warn against sleep positioners, ask manufacturers to stop making

September 2010 Today the CPSC and FDA issued a joint warning about the dangers of sleep positioners — urging parents to stop using the devices. The federal agencies said that there was no proof the products reduced the risk of SIDS and in fact, they pose a suffocation risk. Kids In Danger has been addressing the issue of sleep positioners since 2002 when we learned of the death of 8-week-old Andy Sage. Andy suffocated on a sleep positioner and his parents have joined with KID to get the word out about the dangers ever since. FDA says there will be recalls coming and that they have asked manufacturers to stop producing positioners. Read more.

CPSC Chair Tenenbaum visits Chicago, promotes recall effectiveness tools

July 2010 (CHICAGO) Today, in Chicago where much of the furor over children’s product safety started; consumer advocates, parents, federal and state officials gathered to express their commitment to children’s product safety and reveal new tools in the arsenal against recalled and defective products. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, in her first official visit to Chicago, joined Kids In Danger, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Consumer Federation of America Director of Product Safety and Senior Counsel Rachel Weintraub to discuss new product registration requirements and other measure to keep children safe from dangerous children’s products. KID Founders Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar spoke of the new requirements for product registration as well as pre-market testing as the legacy of their son Danny. Danny died in 1998 in a recalled defective portable crib. Read more.

Consumer Groups Mark Beginning of New Era in Recall Effectiveness

June 2010 Todays marks the day that manufacturers of most durable infant and toddler products have to include a postage paid card with each product, allowing consumers to register their information in the event of a recall. Consumers can also register the products online. KID, along with Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, U.S. PIRG and the National Research Center for Women && Families released a statement applauding the action. “This new measure will allow consumers who purchased or own the product to get accurate news of a recall quickly, along with the information they need to comply with the recall,” said Nancy Cowles, Executive Director of Kids In Danger. Read more.

KID offers new information about drop-side cribs

April 2010 With yet another drop-side crib recall and efforts underway to ban cribs with drop-side designs, KID put information on our blog that will answer questions about the dangers of drop-side cribs as well as what to do if you have one. In addition, the Illinois Attorney General’s office has published flyers in English and Spanish on the dangers of drop-side cribs..

KID releases new report on 2009 recalls

March 2010 Today, along with US Representative Jan Schakowsky and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, KID released a new study, The Year of the Nursery Product Recall. The report looks at children’s product recalls in 2009, as well as the changes in our children’s product safety system over the year. It found that recalls remained high in 2008, including a record number of nursery product recalls. The hazards identified in the recalls points to the need for the mandatory safety standards and public database required by the CPSIA. Read more.

KID responds to concerns about CPSIA

January 2010 Kids In Danger spent the third week of January 2010 in Washington DC, first participating in landmark meetings to revamp the voluntary crib standard that will soon become mandatory and then testifying Thursday at the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on crib safety.

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