Kids in Danger Blog

CPSC Works to Improve Child Product Recalls

KID’s annual recall reports from the last two years have shown that child product recalls are worryingly inefficient. Only 14% of all 2013 recalled children’s products were successfully corrected or destroyed. For comparison, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has an average recall completion rate of 65%.The annual reports also brought to light issues with records that included quite a bit of missing information and mathematical ... Read more
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Happy anniversary KID mobile site!

Did you know that you can check for unsafe, recalled products by accessing from your smartphone? 3 years ago this week, KID teamed up with WeMakeitSafer and TableXI to develop this site which makes it easier for parents and caregivers to shop smart for their kids.The site is easy to use; just type in the name or manufacturer of the product in the search bar at the top of the page. You can even just type in a product category such ... Read more
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NHTSA Holds Event for 100% Recall Completion

On April 28, 2015 the Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx opened the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) event, Retooling Recalls: Getting to 100% Completion, with a call on all in the room to find a way to get the 20% of recalled vehicles that haven’t repaired fixed. The rest of the event saw industry leaders, government workers, and safety advocates rising to the challenge. They shared best practices, struggles, and ... Read more
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Reflections on my first year at KID

In April, 2014 I joined KID as their first Director of Development. How I got here is a story unto itself.I first met Linda Ginzel and Nancy Cowles in 2002. At the time, I was the senior producer of “Small Talk for Parents with Zoraida Sambolin” – a talk show on PBS for parents of children birth to age 8. I heard Linda’s story and immediately thought Kids In Danger, an important organization doing lifesaving work, needed more media exposure ... Read more
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Mother’s Day & KID

Today, many of us are with our mothers, our children or perhaps both -- celebrating Mother’s Day.  Here at KID we wish you all a wonderful day together.  Mothers and children are at the heart of our work.  We work every day to keep toys and nursery products safe and alert parents and caregivers to dangers – so they can remove them from their homes and facilities. KID started our work seventeen years ago this week.  On May 12, 1998 little ... Read more
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This week at KID

As usual, it was a busy week for KID’s education and outreach programs. On Saturday, we presented our safety workshop Creating safe environments for children at the YWCA- Lake County conference in Deerfield, IL.  The first presentation was in English, and the second was in English and Spanish. We were able to conduct this bilingual training thanks to KID volunteer Catie Callahan who translated the workshop for the 20+ Spanish speaking providers ... Read more
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Q & A with 2015 KID Best Friend recipient, Barbara Guthrie

Tonight, KID will host our annual Best Friend Award night. This year, we are honoring Barbara Guthrie- Vice President and Chief  Public Safety officer at Underwriters Laboratories.  Read the Q & A below to find out more about Barbara and why she's our 2015 Best Friend. What led you to a career in product safety? It was truly a journey, an evolution of choices.  Early on I recognized a strength (and enjoyment) in math and science.  I began ... Read more
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Illinois Bumper Pad Ban Moves to Senate: Your Help Needed

On April 22, 2015 HB 3761 (McAsey) passed the Illinois House. This bill bans the sale of crib bumper pads in Illinois (already banned in Chicago). An amazing coalition of organizations came together to make this possible. Virtually every health and safety group in the state supported the bill. You can read a list of supporters and more about the bill here.This life-saving bill now moves on to the Illinois Senate where it is sponsored by Senator Julie ... Read more
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