Kids In Danger (KID) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by improving children’s product safety.
Toxic Toys and Faulty Cribs, a new report released by Kids in Danger, along with US Representative Jan Schakowsky and Ilinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan examines children’s product recalls in 2008, recall effectiveness at CPSC and suggestions for child safety. “These products together caused at least 210 injuries and seven deaths,” said Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids In Danger. “And those incidents include only those already reported at the time of the recall. More needs to be done to protect children from these hazards.”
“We are obligated to protect our children from the dangers of the world when the solutions are as obvious as they are with toxic toys,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky. “By increasing oversight and enforcing accountability on manufacturers we will provide parents with greater peace of mind and children with toys they can enjoy.”
Highlights from the report include:
- “Toys were the largest category of recalled children’s products comprising 41 percent.
- Despite the scrutiny on lead in 2007, 36 percent of the recalls were for lead paint hazards.
- There were five recalls of over one million products with over 18 million units recalled in total.
- Two-thirds of the recalled products were made in China, four percent were made in the U.S.
- Evenflo had the most injuries prior to a recall—94 in its Majestic High Chair.
- Twelve cribs, a record number, were recalled, involving eight injuries and five deaths.
- While CPSC requires monthly updates on Corrective Action Plans, research showed that many companies simply don’t file the report or don’t fill in the requested information. For those that do, the numbers show that most recalled products remain in the hands of consumers.”
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