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CPSC Releases a Storage Chest Alert after 2 Deaths
As reported in January’s recalls, two Boston-area children tragically died while playing hide and seek in a chest. The children climbed into a Lane hope chest that latched shut automatically and there was no way to open the airtight chest from the inside. The CPSC and Lane Hope Furniture is urging families to check their homes to make sure they don’t have a chest that cannot open from the inside. Another storage product recall is reported above (add link to above). To see what Public Policy Director Anthony Green had to say about this tragedy click here.
Graco Recall Documents Released
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released documents related to the Graco car seat recalls. Graco Children’s Products are currently recalling almost 4 million car seats due to a faulty seat buckle.
Three Surprising Facts About Safe Sleep
Safe Kids joined with American Baby magazine in a survey of more than 4,500 mothers on safe sleep practices. While the moms told us that most know what the safe sleep best practices are, too many are disregarding them; check out our blog about the survey by Rennie Ferguson, our injury epidemiologist.
Safe Kids Worldwide was invited to provide comments for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2014 – 2018 Strategic Plan at a public listening session. Safe Kids Public Policy Director, Anthony Green, saluted the agency for its track record on making cars, highways and communities safer for kids. He also encouraged NHTSA to create a culture of safety among pre-teens, continue to work with states on strengthening graduated driver's license laws and renew a commitment to enforce the use of child restraint systems every time and on every ride. Read the full statement.
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CPSC Portable Generator Related Deaths Infographic
The new CPSC infographic is a great tool to learn about the risks associated with portable generators and carbon monoxide deaths. It reminds us not to run portable generators inside the house, even if you keep the windows open. For more tips on cold weather safety, check out our “Hot Tips for Cold Weather” blog.
Bedside Sleeper Ruling from CPSC
The CPSC has publicized a new rule for the manufacturing of bedside sleepers affecting infants up to age 5 months. The ruling hopes to make bedside sleepers, which are used as a safer alternative to co-sleeping, safer.
Further details on the Graco Recall
USA Today explains further details with the Graco child seat recall of 3.8 million seats this month. One key thing to note is that the issue is with the buckle and not with crash protection. The buckle is important because it can become stuck and becomes a problem when there is a need for an emergency quick escape from the car.
These agencies issue recalls for children's products. For details on how they issue recalls and detailed recall listings, visit their website.