KID provides brief updates on current children’s product safety information and events.
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KID submits comments for CPSC’s priorities hearing
May 2020 KID Executive Director Nancy Cowles submitted testimony for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s hearing on agenda and priorities FY2021 and FY2022. (Testimony).
Consumer groups applaud CPSC for moving to get padded crib bumpers off the market
March 2020 KID, CFA, CR, Public Citizen, and PIRG commended the CPSC for voting to move forward a proposal to get padded crib bumper pads off the market. Padded bumper pads have led to dozens of infant deaths due to suffocation and SUID. (Release).
KID, CFA, US PIRG create consumer guide detailing common hazards at home during COVID-19
March 2020 While many American cities and states have official “shelter-at-home” policies in place and millions of parents are working from home while caring for children, KID released a consumer guide to alert parents and caregivers about common childhood hazards as families are sequestered during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Release) (Guide).
KID releases annual recall report finding dozens of children died from 2019 recalled products.
March 2020 KID released its annual report Seeking Safety: 2019 Children’s Product Recalls, analyzing trends in children’s product recalls and offers recommendations for the CPSC and manufacturers to increase recall effectiveness. This year’s report highlights large number of deaths from inclined sleepers, furniture tip-over recalls, and the fact that CPSC has been lagging in posting about recalls on social media. (Release) (Report).
KID and consumer safety groups applaud new recalls and call on parents to stop using infant inclined sleepers.
January 2020 KID, Consumer Reports, CFA, and U.S. PIRG warned parents and caregivers to immediately stop using all infant inclined sleep products, as the CPSC and four companies — Delta Children, Evenflo, Graco, and Summer Infant — announced the recall of more than 165,000 of the sleepers. (Statement).
KID and safety advocacy groups alerted consumers to immediately stop using the SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper due to suffocation risk.
January 2020 KID, CFA, Consumer Reports, Public Citizen, and U.S. PIRG are warning consumers about the inclined sleeper after the CPSC issued a warning to parents and caregivers to stop using the SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper. (Statement).
KID and consumer organizations praise introduction of House bill to improve communication of vital health and safety information to the public.
January 2020 U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush introduced the SHARE Information Act which would amend Section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act to remove obstacles that prevent the CPSC from communicating product safety information to the public. (Statement).
KID and consumer and medical organizations applaud U.S. House for passing law to protect infants from dangerous products.
December 2019 The U.S. House passed the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2019 in a bipartisan vote. The law would ban dangerous infant inclined sleep products and padded crib bumper pads which have killed dozens of infants. (Statement).
KID and safety advocates call on U.S. government to protect infants and toddlers during holiday shopping season.
November 2019 Two recent news articles in the Washington Post and USA Today highlight the dangers consumers and their families face when authorities charged with safeguarding products are too hesitant to act. (Statement).
KID, consumer, medical groups applaud CPSC for unanimously voting to move forward with a proposal to remove dangerous sleep products from the market.
October 2019 Proposal would adopt an Infant Sleep Product Standard that would essentially ban inclined sleep products and end the current practice of allowing new infant inclined sleep products to enter the market without safety testing. (Release).
KID and consumer and medical groups send letter to CPSC to protect children from dangerous inclined sleepers.
October 2019 KID, AAP, CFA, U.S. PIRG, and Public Citizen’s letter to CPSC Commissioners calling on the agency to pass infant inclined sleep products proposal and recall all infant inclined sleep products.
KID and coalition partners applaud CPSC proposal to remove dangerous sleep products from the market
October 2019 KID, AAP, CFA, U.S. PIRG, and Public Citizen urge CPSC to implement new standard and recall all infant inclined sleep products. (Release)
US House passes strong furniture tip-over prevention legislation
September 2019 KID and our allies applaud the passage of the STURDY Act to prevent furniture tip-overs. (Release)
KID research shows missed opportunities to reach consumers with recall news
September 2019 KID released new research that showed that only 65% of the recalling companies of children’s products had working information about the recall on their webpage. Even fewer used social media to reach consumers.
US PIRG and KID release research showing deadly recalled sleepers still in child care facilities
August 2019 US PIRG and KID released a survey of child care providers that showed one in ten had a recalled infant inclined sleeper in the facility months after the recall. Not enough is done to alert providers and parents.
KID’s statement calling on IKEA to get recalled dressers out of homes; three years after major recall.
June 2019 KID’s Executive Director Nancy Cowles released a statement on June 27, 2019, three years after IKEA’s major furniture recall, calling on the company to do more to get dangerous, recalled dressers out of home.
KID, CFA, CR, PAT, and Public Citizen hold press conference calling on IKEA to do more to get dangerous, recalled dressers out of homes
June 2019 KID held a press conference with Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports, Parents Against Tip-overs, and Public Citizen outside IKEA in New York City on June 27, 2019, three years after the major IKEA dresser recall. The groups called on IKEA to do more to get dangerous, recalled dressers out of homes, and called on Congress to pass the STURDY Act to prevent furniture tip-over deaths. Read the groups’ joint press release here.
KID, and consumer and child health groups release statement in support of Safe Cribs Act
June 2019 KID released a statement along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumer Federation of America, and Consumer Reports in support of the Safe Cribs Act (H.R.3170 and S.1816), sponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) The Safe Cribs Act would ban the manufacture, import, and sale of crib bumper pads. Crib bumper pads have been linked to suffocation and dozens of infant deaths.
KID, AAP, CFA, and CR release statement in support of Safe Sleep Act
June 2019 KID released a statement along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumer Federation of America, and Consumer Reports in support of the Safe Sleep Act (H.R.3172 and S.1767), sponsored by Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) The Safe Sleep Act would ban the manufacture, import, and sale of infant inclined sleep products. Infant inclined sleepers are deadly, and their design is inherently unsafe.
KID and consumer groups submit letter of support for NY crib bumper pad ban
May 2019 KID sent a letter to all members of the New York state Senate and Assembly along with Consumer Federation of America and Consumer Reports urging lawmakers to vote yes on S.3788-A / A.217-A to prohibit the sale of crib bumper pads and ban their use in child care facilities. Research shows that bumpers have been linked to dozens of infant injuries and deaths as a result of suffocation and strangulation.
KID and consumer groups comment on South Shore Furniture chest recall
May 2019 KID released a statement along with Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports, and Parents Against Tip-overs concerning today’s recall of over 300,000 units of South Shore Furniture chests. This is the first CPSC recall of a dresser or other clothing storage unit since September 2017, despite numerous dressers on the market that don’t stay upright when put through basic testing.
KID and other consumer groups release statement in support of the STURDY Act
May 2019 KID released a press release along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports, Parents Against Tip-overs, and Public Citizen in support of the Stop Tip-Overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act of 2019 (H.R.2211), recently introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), as a needed step to help prevent more children from being injured and killed by furniture tip-overs.
KID on the recall of Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
April 2019 KID is relieved to see Fisher-Price recall all 4.7 million of the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. That means it cannot be sold – new or used—legally. We urge consumers to participate in the recall and get this dangerous sleep product out of homes and child care facilities. However, we are disappointed with the quality of the remedy in this recall. It will not encourage full participation which should be the goal of a recall. We urge Fisher-Price to extend the time of the refund offer to a minimum of three years and increase the value of the vouchers to incentivize consumers to participate.
Questions? Reach out to Nancy Cowles via email or call 312.595.0649.
KID releases recall report analyzing 2018 children’s product recalls
March 2019Key findings of the new report: the number of children’s product recalls in 2018 (52 recalls) decreased 44% from 2017 (93 recalls), the lowest in at least 10 years; CPSC and manufacturers posted recalls on Facebook at lower rates in 2018 compared to 2017; there were no furniture recalls in 2018 despite CPSC stating that one child dies every 10 days from a furniture or TV tip-over. Read more.
KID’s statement on misguided CPSC settlement with Britax regarding hazardous strollers
November 2018KID released a statement along with CFA expressing disappointment with the CPSC’s recent settlement agreement with Britax concerning hazardous strollers. The terms of the settlement are bad for consumers – among other things, it doesn’t refer to this as an actual “recall” and the remedies are inadequate. Read more.
KID releases new report on Halloween product safety
October 2018KID released a new report on hazardous Halloween products, both recalled and still on the market, as well as of injuries related to the night of the holiday itself. The report details the amount of Halloween product recalls in the past 10 years, consumer reports on dangerous Halloween related items, and data concerning minors injured or killed in motor-vehicle accidents on Halloween. Read more.
KID and other groups send letter on CPSC FY 19 Operating Plan
October 2018KID joins with other consumer groups to send a letter to the CPSC highlighting our priorities in the Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Plan. The groups wrote of the importance of mandatory standards, work on furniture tip-over prevention and other priorities. Read more.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of landmark consumer safety legislation
AUGUST 2018 KID joins with other advocates to mark the 10th anniversary of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. In the ten years since Danny’s Law was adopted, countless families have been saved heartache because safe cribs and other children’s products are on store shelves. Read more.
KID marks the 10th Anniversary of Danny’s Law
AUGUST 2018 KID was joined by Congressional Representatives Rush & Schakowsky and other child safety advocates to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). In addition to recounting the safety achievements of the Act, KID released new research on the SaferProducts.gov consumer database. Read more.
KID, advocates and parents call for more action on 2nd anniversary of IKEA recall
JUNE 2018 KID, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports, Shane’s Foundation and parents mark the second anniversary of the recall of 27 million unstable dressers by calling for more action from IKEA and the CPSC. Read more.
KID joins other consumer groups to call for more action on dangerous incline sleepers
JUNE 2018KID joined with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports and the Consumers Union to send a letter to the US CPSC Acting Chairman Buerkle, calling for greater transparency in inherently unsafe incline sleeping products. The groups also sought to remind the CPSC that their message on safe sleep should be clear: a bare crib is best and babies should be placed flat on their backs for sleep. Read more.
KID marks 20th anniversary and honors co-founders at 2018 Best Friend Award Night
MAY 2018We are proud to be honoring our co-founders, Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar during our 20th anniversary year. Linda and Boaz founded KID after discovering that the death of their son Danny in a recalled portable crib was not an accident but the result of a flawed system. Devastated by the loss of their son and the injustice of the recall system, Linda and Boaz mobilized their grief into action. They founded KID in an effort to improve recall effectiveness and educate other parents about the dangers of unsafe children’s products. Read more.
KID testifies on CPSC priorities
APRIL 2018KID testified at the US CPSC annual priorities hearing, an opportunity for organizations, businesses and individuals to give input into the CPSC’s priorities for the coming year. KID focused our comments on transparency, innovation and regulation; urging CPSC to improve use and function of SaferProducts.gov, use innovation to get more recalled products out of homes and encourage better sharing of data with the public among other things. Read more.
New report shows jump in recalls, while incidents and injuries decrease
APRIL 2018 KID’s recent recall report evaluates trends in 2017 recalls and challenges to assessing the effectiveness of 2016 recalls. Though incidents and injuries decreased from a spike in 2016, adequate progress has not been made compared to decade averages. Read more.
KID joins with CFA to call for more action on deadly & unstable IKEA recalled dressers
November 2017CPSC and IKEA reannounced the recall of IKEA dressers after reports of an 8th death. But KID and Consumer Federation of America are calling on both to do more to assure they reach families still using the deadly and unstable dressers in their homes. Read More.
Consumer groups call for more action after an eighth death from recalled IKEA dressers is announced
October 2017KID has joined with other consumer groups in calling for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and IKEA to take more action to remove deadly recalled IKEA Malm and other dressers from homes. An eighth death from the recalled dressers was made public today. A two-year-old boy in California died in May. Read More.
New report shows increases in the number of children’s products recalled for fire and burn hazards
September 2017KID published a report on children’s products recalled for fire and burn hazards in the past 10 years to raise awareness and promote safety. In addition to reporting on dangerous products, Playing with Fire Hazards analyzes trends, such as the large number of products that are recalled for violating federal flammability standards and the emerging hazard of lithium-ion batteries. Read More.
Consumer groups call on IKEA and CPSC to increase efforts to retrieve dangerous dressers
June 2017KID joined with Consumer Federation of America, Shane’s Foundation and parent advocate Janet McGee to send a letter to US CPSC Acting Chairman Buerkle, asking her to work with IKEA on the anniversary of the IKEA recall of 29 million dressers. The groups are looking for more efforts to retrieve millions of dangerous dressers. Read More.
Shawn Kasserman elected to lead Kids In Danger
June 2017KID announces the election of Shawn Kasserman, Partner at Tomasik Kotin Kasserman as the organization’s president. Shawn has been committed to KID’s mission since the early days of the organization and continues to work passionately for our cause. Read More.
KID joins other safety groups urging consumers to use only hoverboards that meet the latest UL 2272 Standard
June 2017KID, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Consumer Federation of America advise consumers to continue to exercise caution when purchasing, using, storing or charging hoverboards. Hoverboard continue to present many safety hazards. Read More.
KID interns, staff publish peer-reviewed journal article on choking hazards
May 2017KID’s former interns Athena Neofotistos and Ragini Sharma, along with KID ED Nancy Cowles have published a peer reviewed article in the International Journal of Pediatrics entitled, “Choking Hazards: Are Current Product Testing Methods for Small Parts Adequate?” Read More.
New report shows increase in recalls, injuries and deaths
April 2017KID looked at recalls in 2016 and the effectiveness of recalls in 2015. The good news is no recalls of cribs for the first time in a decade and more use of social media to share recall information. Bad news — recalls, incidents and injuries all up. Read More.