American Academy of Pediatrics Continues to Support Baby Walker Ban

In the 1990’s, an average of 20,000 children were injured each year by child walkers. This high rate of injury led to a decline in popularity to baby walkers, and for the industry to adopt a voluntary safety standard in 1997. this voluntary standard was strengthened to a mandatory standard several years later in 2010. This change in regulation and popularity of baby walkers has led to a sharp decrease of injuries, but 2,000 children a year are still injured by baby walkers. This is why the AAP is voicing its continued support for an outright ban on child walkers,…

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More Companies Recall Inclined Sleeper Cribs

Dorel Juvenile Group USA has become the third company to voluntarily recall inclined sleeper crib models after reports of infant fatalities in similar products. The voluntary recall through the Consumer Product Safety Commission affects about 24,000 units sold by juvenile product stores such as Target, Kmart, Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx. Reason for Recall As we have previously highlighted, inclined sleepers are unsafe for children and do not follow the guidelines for safe sleep supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In April, Fisher-Price recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘N Play sleepers that have been linked to 30 deaths and Kids II…

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How Self-Driving Vehicles Endanger Pedestrians: Part II

In the first part of our series on self-driving vehicles, we examined a few of the main factors that underlie pedestrian-related accidents. Now, we’ll take a closer look at the latest statistics in the interest of determining how these vehicles are already impacting those traveling on two feet. Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise For years, American automakers and drivers have consistently made design and purchasing decisions that benefit drivers and passengers while placing pedestrians at risk. As a result, deaths have declined dramatically for vehicle occupants, while pedestrian and cyclist fatalities have seen a dramatic upswing. Federal data suggests that…

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How Self-Driving Vehicles Endanger Pedestrians: Part I

Self-driving vehicles are poised to take over our roads in the near future. While preliminary research suggests that they will reduce accidents by removing human error from the equation, they remain far from perfect. Pedestrians, in particular, could be at risk as these vehicles become more prevalent. Below, we examine the many ways in which self-driving cars can prove dangerous: Poor Detection Detection issues often lie at the heart of self-driving accidents. Autonomous vehicles simply cannot respond appropriately to pedestrians if they are not detected quickly enough. Unfortunately, detection issues abound. Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that…

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Vaping: Safer than Cigarettes, but Still Not Safe for Teens

In the past few decades, smoking rates have decreased drastically, especially among young people. Unfortunately, new ways of nicotine consumption are replacing traditional tobacco use among teens and young people. Vaping Over Cigarettes: Not Great, Not Terrible Either While cigarettes burns tobacco, a ‘vape’ instead heats concentrated nicotine juice which is then turned to steam and inhaled by the user. E-cigarettes and vapes have been around for more than a decade, but the NIH says their use has skyrocketed in recent years, thanks to popular vape brands like Juul. Most vape and e-cigarette companies present themselves as healthier alternatives to…

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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Reminds Parents that Napping in Car Seats Can Result in Death

A recent recall of an inclined Fisher-Price crib, due to dozens of infant deaths, highlighted concerns over safe infant sleeping practices. The recall comes at a time when infant sleeping safety is already well-known in the pediatrics community, following the release of a long-term study published in Pediatrics that looked at infant mortality. The study found that most infant deaths in a seated position occurred in car seats where infants had been sleeping. Safest Sleeping Position for Infants? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that the most safe sleeping position for infants is on their back using a firm,…

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New AHA Study Indicates Energy Drinks Have Serious Health Consequences

Energy drinks like RedBull and Monster are popular today because they are a convenient way to get a rush of energy in a short amount of time. However, for years, many physicians and health experts have cautioned against consuming energy drinks, as the health effects are still unclear. Now, thanks to a new study from the American Heart Association, there is more evidence that suggests energy drinks have a significantly negative impact on cardiac health and other bodily functions. Too Much Caffeine At Once The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that the caffeine content in a typical energy drink…

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Lawn Care Safety: By the Numbers

Many homeowners take pride in their perfectly manicured lawns. Unfortunately, those beautiful lawns sometimes come at a huge cost. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, lawn mowers prompt over 80,000 emergency room visits every year. The scope of these injuries can prove surprisingly broad, with homeowners harmed not only by lawn mowers, but also by trimmers and other implements. With the help of statistics, we highlight the greatest threats below: Riding Lawn Mowers All lawn care tools can prove dangerous, but riding mowers are especially likely to cause harm. Small children may be the most at risk; the Consumer…

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Furniture At Risk of Deadly Tip-Over Needs More Regulation According to Congressional Testimony

Many parents assume that they don’t need to pay extra attention to furniture they buy unless it has a safety warning. This is not always the case, as a new Consumer Reports study finds that certain furniture, unregulated by consumer safety standards, is linked with child injury and death. Some parents are urging Congress to broaden regulation on furniture to include higher standards on anti-tipping rules. Consumer Reports Says Current System Insufficient Between 2000 and 2017, over 500 people died from furniture tip-over incidents; 84% of the victims were under 10 years of age. There is currently an industry standard…

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Fisher-Price Recalls Popular Inclined Infant Crib After Series of Deaths: Crib Never Properly Tested for Safety

The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, developed as an alternative to cribs, elevates the baby’s head to a 30 degree inclined position. The intended use is for infants to lie on their backs on the padded frame as if it were a recliner. The design of the sleeper was inspired by incorrect assumptions about infant sleep that overlooked updated safety guidelines. Concerns were raised after a recent Consumer Reports study linked the crib to infant deaths. The news of this study was followed by a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics calling for the recall of the crib. After…

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