By Laura Nikolovska and Lauren Daurizio
Kids in Danger
Kids In Danger was founded in 1998 in response to the tragic death of 16-month-old Danny Keysar. Danny was strangled when a Playskool Travel-Lite portable crib collapsed on him, trapping his neck in the “V” of its folding rails. After this horrific event, his parents, University of Chicago professors Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar, discovered that the crib had been recalled in 1993, and that Danny was not the first, but the fifth victim of this dangerous product. Linda and Boaz, in response to the knowledge that this death could have been prevented, founded KID.
At the time of KID’s founding, there were few mandatory safety standards in America for children’s products, and manufacturers did not have to prove through product testing that they had met any voluntary standards. KID has been working hard for the past 15 years to change this. As a result of our work, 12 children’s products now have strong mandatory federal safety standards. Below is a list of the products that have federal safety standards and the dates that the standard went into effect:
- Bassinets and Cradles– Mandatory federal standard will go into effect on April 23, 2014 with the standard for removable bassinet beds going into effect on April 23, 2015.
- Bath Seats– Manufactured on or after December 6, 2010
- Bed Rails (Portable)- Manufactured on or after December 29, 2012
- Bedside Sleepers– Manufactured on or after July 15, 2014
- Full-Size, Non-Full-Size Cribs– Manufactured on or after June 28, 2011
- Infant Swings– Manufactured on or after May 7, 2013
- Infant Walkers – Manufactured on or after December 21, 2010
- Play Yards– Manufactured on or after February 28, 2013
- Strollers and Carriages– Manufactured on or after September 10, 2015
- Toddler Beds– Manufactured on or after October 20, 2011
- Hand-Held Infant Carriers– Manufactured on or after June 6, 2014
- Soft Infant and Toddler Carriers– Manufactured on or after September 29, 2014
The important point here is to look for the manufacture date on baby products, not the date of sale of a product. For example, parents may purchase a play yard after February 28, 2013 but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it meets the new federal standard. Instead, parents need to confirm the date the baby product was manufactured. If that play yard was manufactured after February 28, 2013, then it meets the new federal standard.
The death of 16-month-old Danny is tragic. But it is even more so, because a stronger regulation system for children’s products could have prevented it. If Danny had lived, he would be around 17 years old now, about to be a senior in high school. Instead, a flawed system that allows dangerous products to go to market took his life. KID’s mission is to protect children like Danny by improving children’s product safety and awareness.
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