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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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Lessons learned: Cribs for Kids conference

By KID ED Nancy CowlesEvery two years, the organization Cribs for Kids gathers the nation’s experts on safe sleep along with all of us who attempt to improve infant sleeping environments in Pittsburgh for a three day conference.  It is a great opportunity to learn and share programs and approaches that are working to keep children safe. The mission of Cribs for Kids is to prevent infant deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance ... Read more
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Celebrate National Volunteer Week!

National Volunteer Week kicked off this Sunday, April 12. This week is a reminder that when we work together, engage in our communities, and take action, our collective efforts pay off to create real difference. When we put our hearts and minds together, we can accomplish our shared goals of safe, healthy communities!We could not have accomplished all of our successes at KID without the continued efforts of our amazing volunteers. Take a moment to ... Read more
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Support HB3761 (McAsey): The Illinois Crib Bumper Pad Ban

On March 24th KID and 25 other health and safety organizations headed down to Springfield, IL in order to support Representative McAsey’s crib bumper pad ban (HB3671). With the support of these like-minded safety organizations, KID helped successfully push HB3761 (McAsey) out of the Illinois House Consumer Protection Committee by a vote of 10-6.HB3761 (McAsey) should not be confused with Representative Mayfield’s bumper bill (HB2653). Although ... Read more
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Graco fined $10M for action in car seat recall, must spend $7M on child safety

On March 20, the Department of Transportation announced a $10 million fine against children’s product manufacturer Graco for failing to report incidents with their car seat buckles.  In 2014 Graco announced 2 recalls for nearly six million car seats because the buckles could fail to unlatch.  Complaints about the buckles came as early as 2009; Graco brushed them off as caused by food and drink being spilled on the mechanism.  As it turned out, ... Read more
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Engineering students learn design safety from real-world hazards

KID has been working with engineering students at Northwestern University for almost a decade.  Our TEST program is focused on integrating design safety into undergraduate engineering education.  Through the Segal Design Institute’s freshman program, Design Thinking and Communication, students are presented with a design challenge and teams of four develop prototypes to address the issue and present their findings at a Design Expo. This term, ... Read more
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The 5 products you’ll buy for baby and safety tips for each

What you’ll buy for baby:Being a parent or caregiver isn’t just a lot of work; it’s also a large investment. As you’re preparing your home for a new baby, you’ll need a crib, play yard, stroller, high chair, and toys. These products can be expensive. They can also pose risks to your child. At KID, we know that parents have a lot of responsibility, and it can be hard to keep track of the most recent safety standards and recalls. We’re here ... Read more
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“I have a recalled product, what do I do?”

While presenting at the Illinois Head Start Conference this past week, a workshop participant realized that her daughter had a product that had recently been recalled. The product, a pink pony hoodie, was recalled in December for a strangulation hazard. The fix was easy- if she just removed the drawstring from the hoodie the sweatshirt would be perfectly safe for her daughter to wear (Drawstrings are not allowed on children’s clothing because they ... Read more
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