Good news, parents! CPSC has approved a new federal safety standard that will improve the safety of all carriages and strollers sold after September 2015.
From January 2008 through June 2013, CPSC staff received about 1,300 safety-related reports for children 4 years old and younger that involved strollers. The numbers, which may change in the future as more reports come into the agency, include:
- Four deaths
- 14 hospitalizations
- Nearly 391 injuries
The new safety standard requires that all strollers and carriages be made, tested and labeled to minimize the hazards seen in the above incidents. These include:
- Hinge issues that have resulted in pinched, cut, or amputated fingers or arms. These issues have the highest injury rate of all hazards associated with strollers;
- Broken and detached wheels;
- Parking brake failures;
- Locking mechanism problems;
- Restraint issues, including children being able to unbuckle themselves and broken and loose stroller seat belts;
- Structural integrity; and
Once the rule takes effect, nearly all strollers sold are required to meet the new requirements. Here are just a few of the stroller types:
Remember, buckle your child up every time you use the stroller and never leave a child unattended in a stroller. After all, falls are the cause of many injuries associated with strollers.
As Acting Chairman Bob Adler recently said, “I believe it is time that we put a strong mandatory standard in place: A federal standard that helps to ensure that a stroller ride is a safe ride for babies and an equally safe ride for toddlers.”
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/03/new-stroller-and-carriages-safety-standard-what-it-means/
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Do you have an old wooden storage chest lying around your home? Maybe, it’s in an attic? Maybe, you’ve put it in your child’s room?
Recently, two Boston-area children tragically died while playing hide and seek in a chest. The children reportedly climbed into a Lane hope chest that latched shut automatically. There was no way to open the airtight chest from the inside.
CPSC is investigating the deaths of the children.
Lane Cedar Chests were first recalled in 1996. The recall involves 12 million “Lane” and “Virginia Maid”-brand cedar chests made between 1912 and 1987. This recall is still active. Lane renewed its search for hazardous chests in March 2000, upon learning of another death and two near deaths.
If you have one of these chests, Lane wants you to know that they are still providing new, latches and locks that prevent children from being trapped inside the chest. Contact the company to request a new latch/lock. While you await the arrival of the new hardware, remove the existing hardware set from your chest. Don’t take a chance that this could happen to a child in your life.
To get replacement hardware for your Lane or Virginia Maid storage chest free of charge, contact the company at http://www.lanefurniture.com/. CPSC has received reports of 34 child deaths since 1996 in chests, including toy chests, cedar chests, cedar trunks, hope chests, blanket chests, storage benches, storage trunks and cedar boxes. Lane cedar chests were not involved in all of these deaths.
If you own any type of chest or storage trunk that is not part of the recall, disable or remove the lock or latch that secures the lid.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/storage-chest-alert/
How many consumers know that you can go online and tell the government about consumer product safety problems that you encounter?
How many of you know that you can search those reports before you spend your own money on a particular product?
Since the launch of SaferProducts.gov in March 2011, more than 18,000 product safety reports have been submitted to CPSC. The site gets about 200,000 visits every month.
Those numbers are a good start. But we want to do better. That’s where you come in.
The Consumer Product Safety Apps Challenge is simple: Create apps and innovative tools that raise awareness of these reports and of consumer product recalls.
You can get the reports through our SaferProducts API. The recalls API is here.
Mash up the information with product review sites, auction sites and search. Get creative and come up with the next brilliant idea for educating consumers about product safety.
Your reward? You can put on your resume that you built something that saved lives and prevented injuries. Plus, you get to meet our Acting Chairman and take home $1,000. We’ll feature the four winners in a live webcast award ceremony (archived on YouTube), where you’ll get to show off your work.
The complete contest and rules are available at Productsafetyapps.challengepost.com
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/developers-weve-got-a-challenge-for-you/
Learn more safety information about furniture, on CPSC’s furniture safety guides pageWho isn’t looking for a little more space for all the stuff we acquire?
Sarah E. Goode was a furniture store owner and the first African-American woman to receive a patent. Her patent was for a space-saving, innovative solution that combined a bed and a cabinet. She received her patent for a Folding Cabinet Bed on July 14, 1885—27 years before William Lawrence Murphy patented his fold-up “Murphy Bed” design.
Goode’s bed could be folded up into a cabinet that was also a roll-top desk. The desk had spaces for paper, writing tools and storage.
While CPSC is not aware of safety concerns with Goode’s original bed design, we keep up with the latest trends in sleep solutions and look for ways to promote bedding safety.
Today, CPSC focuses bedding safety efforts on:
At CPSC, we help make everyday products safer for you.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/space-saving-sleep-solutions/
The ingenuity of African American inventors Lewis Latimer and Philip Downing allowed consumers to see the light, literally. These pioneers were instrumental in bringing the age of electricity safely into consumers’ homes.
Lewis Howard Latimer received a patent in January 1881 for an improved process for creating a carbon filament for light bulbs. His filament was more durable and longer lasting than earlier filaments, such as Thomas Edison’s original paper filament. His innovation provided incandescent light bulbs that were affordable to more consumers and safer than gas lamps, which were generally used at the time.
Latimer also helped draft the necessary drawings required for Alexander Graham Bell to receive a patent for his version of the telephone, co-patented an improved toilet system for railroad cars and was a patent consultant to various law firms. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006.
Philip Downing designed an electrical switch that allowed railroad workers to turn the power supply on or off for railroad trains as needed. He received a patent for it in 1890. Electrical switches, like the ones used to turn lights on and off in most homes, are based on his design. He also designed the first street letter box that protected mail from being stolen, the prototype for the mailboxes used by the postal service today.
In the years since Latimer’s and Downing’s innovations, the safety of electrical products has improved vastly. For more than 40 years, CPSC staff have been working hard to continue to reduce the risk of harm from electrical products and to give you the information you need to use them safely.
And we make it easy to report safety problems online, without looking for a mailbox.
At CPSC, we help make everyday products safer for you.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/electrical-innovations-light-up-homes/