Kids in Danger Blog


“Company Doe” to be unmasked

In a win for consumer safety, a federal district appeals court overturned a ruling that had allowed a manufacturer to hide its identity and seal all documents in a case against the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Stating that the public’s first amendment “right to access” trumped Company Doe’s fear of economic woes that might occur if the public found out about the case, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that all ... Read more
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#TBT SAVANNAH AND THE NEED FOR SAFER BABY MONITORS

UPDATE: This blog was written some time ago, but the dangers are still relevant today. KID continues to work on improving children’s product safety in honor of children, like Savannah, who died when she was strangled by a baby monitor cord 3 years ago this month. Savannah is one of 6 children that died from a similar type of baby monitor since 2006.Keep children safe from strangulation hazards by: purchasing cordless monitors, using cordless window ... Read more
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KID’s new Director of Development

KID is thrilled to announce a new addition to the staff.  Karen Yellen Dillon, an experienced fundraiser as well as an Emmy Award-winning TV producer has joined KID as Director of Development.  Prior to joining Kids In Danger, Karen was fundraising and marketing for advocacy and education organizations including the Environmental Law and Policy Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Karen’s connection to KID goes back many years.  A former Emmy ... Read more
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E*TRADE Baby Retires to a Safer Crib

This past March, E*TRADE trotted out its favorite mascot for his final commercial. While many people appear saddened by the E*TRADE Baby’s resignation, Safe Sleep advocates like KID couldn't help but happily notice that E*TRADE Baby’s last crib was a safe crib.KID recently started a campaign to remove dangerous products from the E*TRADE Baby commercials. Often times these commercials would feature dangerous drop-side cribs, controversial crib ... Read more
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How to help: what to say after the loss of a child

KID was founded by parents who lost their sixteen month old son when he was strangled in the top rails of a dangerous portable crib.  Danny’s parents channeled their grief into social action that has contributed greatly to the safety of all children.  But that doesn’t lessen the grief.  Through the years, KID has worked with many other brave families whose children have died in unsafe products.  We are all sometimes at a loss of what to say ... Read more
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President Obama nominates CPSC ED Elliot Kaye as Chairman

President Obama has nominated Elliot Kaye, Executive Director of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to serve as the new chairman of the agency.  Kaye has been at the commission since 2010 when Inez Tenenbaum was sworn in as chairman.  He joins nominee for commissioner, Joe Mohorovic who was nominated by President Obama in November for the open Republican spot on the Commission.  Both await Senate confirmation. Both nominees bring prior ... Read more
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Support the Illinois Crib Bumper Pad Ban

Update: HR 5348(McAsey-Pihos) passed the Illinois House Consumer Protection Committee on 3/25 by a vote of 9-5.  Illinois residents can call their House of Representatives member and urge support.  Representative McAsey proposed a bill, HB5348, to ban bumper pads in Illinois earlier this winter. As many of you know, crib bumper pads provide no protection from serious injury in the crib and they have been linked to dozens of infant deaths.If this ... Read more
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Saferproducts.gov is three years old today

We’re celebrating a birthday here at KID – three years ago today, SaferProducts.gov launched at CPSC.  As required by the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), CPSC developed a consumer incident database which gives the public an opportunity to review product incident reports and make their own reports.  To date, over 20,000 reports have been published through the site. Just as you might check restaurant reviews, check out a ... Read more
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