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  • KID’s TEST program gives students experience in design safety

    Posted on June 13, 2013

    As the students at Northwestern University are finishing up their spring quarter, the freshman engineering students proudly presented their final design products. Four teams of students worked with Kids In Danger (KID) developing prototypes to address design problems that had… Read More

  • KID joins CPSC, Schakowsky to tout mandatory play yard standard (finally!)

    Posted on June 28, 2012

    CPSC voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of new safety standards for play yards. Play yards, or pack n’ plays, are widely used in homes and child care facilities across the United States and can serve as both a sleeping and… Read More

  • A new ASTM standard and Savannah’s Playground

    Posted on June 21, 2012

    A new ASTM International safety standard (F2951) requires that electrical cords on baby monitors be labeled with a strangulation hazard warning. Seven infants have strangled and lost their lives as a result of baby monitor cords. The warning labels inform… Read More

  • How do we make sure children’s products are safe?

    Posted on April 19, 2012

    Prior to the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, there was no requirement that children’s products be tested for safety before they were sold.  While a very few mandatory standards existed at CPSC and there… Read More

  • Father brings his story to standard setting group on infant monitors.

    Posted on October 6, 2011

    ASTM International meetings on juvenile products are well attended by manufacturers and testing laboratories.  The meetings also contain a small smattering of retailers and consumer groups, such as KID.  But it is rare that a parent of an injured or… Read More

  • ASTM toy standard committee meets in Baltimore

    Posted on February 1, 2011

    The ASTM 15-22 Committee on Toy Safety met Monday, January 31, 2011 in Baltimore. On the agenda were proposed changes to the F963 standard on toys. KID participated with Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union as consumer representatives along… Read More

  • Next week: ASTM standards committee meetings on juvenile products

    Posted on November 5, 2010

    Next week for five days, manufacturers, testing labs, regulators and a few consumer advocates will meet in suburban Philadelphia to discuss standards for juvenile products — cribs, strollers, high chairs and many others. This is the twice-annual meeting of the… Read More

  • Welcome to the exciting world of standard setting

    Posted on March 30, 2010

    Since we first learned of ASTM International, that sets voluntary standards for nursery products, KID has been involved in the twice annual meetings that review incidents and recommend changes to the standards that apply to cribs, strollers, high chairs and… Read More

  • Local efforts to ban drop-side cribs prevail

    Posted on October 15, 2009

    On October 13th the Suffolk County legislature (NY) unanimously voted to prohibit the sale of drop-side cribs throughout the county. The vote followed a passionate plea from Susan Cirigilano, a mother who lost her 6-month-old baby boy from suffocation in… Read More

  • Local, national efforts to ban drop-side cribs

    Posted on September 29, 2009

    Wayne Horsley, a member of New York’s Suffolk County legislature, has been spearheading a local effort to ban the sale of dangerous drop-side cribs. The drop-side design has been responsible for dozens of infant deaths and thousands of injuries throughout… Read More

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