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KitchenAid Electric Kettles Recalled Over Burn Risks

The risk of burn injuries from a KitchenAid electric kettle defect has prompted the manufacturer and U.S. regulators to announce a safety recall of the product The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that Whirlpool is recalling more than 40,000 of the electric KitchenAid kettles after receiving 79 reports claiming the device is unsafe to use. The complaints say that the handle on the kettles loosened and detached, causing the hot contents to spill. According to the CPSC, Whirlpool has received three reports of burn injuries associated with the KitchenAid electric kettle defect. “This recall involves KitchenAid 1.7 Liter ... Read More

CPSC Launches Kids Safety All-Stars Program

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recruiting young heroes through its Consumer Protection Safety All-Stars educational and outreach program. The free program is designed to teach children in grades 3-7 or who are 8-12 years old how to identify product safety warnings and how to be vigilant about products recalled by the CPSC. Armed with these skills and information, kids can better protect themselves and help protect their families, friends and communities. “This free program trains young people to use their unique and powerful voices to positively affect their communities as Consumer Protection Safety All-Stars,” said acting CPSC chair, ... Read More

CPSC investigating fidget spinner injuries

Reports of children swallowing pieces of fidget spinners and ending up in hospitals has prompted an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), according to Law360. “We advise parents to keep these away from young children because they can choke on small parts, and warn older children not to put fidget spinners in their mouths,” CPSC spokesperson Patty Davis said. Fidget spinners are promoted as stress relievers or distraction tools for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The spinning toys have at least three blades with weights on the ends and a center bearing. The pieces of the ... Read More

CPSC approves new infant bath tub standard

A time for splish splashing, baby’s bath can be quite the juggling act. To make bath time as safe as possible, the Consumer Product Safety Commission approved a new federal standard for infant bath tubs last week. The new standard, designed to strengthen ASTM International’s voluntary standards, includes several new requirements, such as static load testing, latching and locking mechanisms, and drowning and fall warnings. Infant tubs are used to hold water and be placed in “an adult bath tub, sink, or on top of other surfaces to provide support or containment, or both, for an infant in a reclining, sitting, ... Read More

Calphalon knives recalled due to breakage

Two million Calphalon knives are under recall for posing a possible laceration hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Last month the agency announced the recall for Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery, which includes carving, chef, paring, santoku and utility knives sold individually and in sets, made between August 2008 and March 2016 at J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com. Caphalon has received 27 reports of finger or hand lacerations, including four injuries requiring stitches, due to the knife breaking during use. The company has also received about 3,150 reports of broken knives. The recall ... Read More

Ban on tiny, high-powered magnets has been lifted

After years of debate, the ban on tiny, high-powered magnets has been lifted. A December 2016 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed the original import ban on the magnet sets, used as adult stress relievers, and they are now back on the market, according to Fox News. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  cited safety concerns when it asked about a dozen manufacturers of the magnet sets to remove the products from the market in 2012. The CPSC received reports of nearly 3,000 children ending up in the emergency room from 2009 to ... Read More

Toppling hazards in the home remain a threat to child safety

Despite parents’ best efforts, children manage to make jungle gyms out of household furniture and appliances every day, and though it may seem innocent enough, a dresser turned jungle gym can prove a deadly play toy. Even with growing awareness, toppling hazards in the home remain a threat to children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates one child every two weeks dies after a TV, a piece of furniture or a household appliance falls on him or her. Ikea recently paid $50 million to three families after each lost a child as a result of dressers toppling while being ... Read More

Recent blind cord deaths highlight continued danger to young children

Kids and cords don’t mix. The slogan for the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Window Covering Cords Information Center reminds care givers nearly one child dies each month after becoming entangled in window covering cords. However, in just the last six weeks alone, four children from across the country, ages 3 to 4, have been strangled to death by window covering cords, according to the CPSC and the Palm Beach Post. “These window covering strangulations are so complicated, but the most important factor is that it happens to the best of parents. Parents who trusted that either tying up cords, ... Read More

Single-use laundry detergent packets poison thousands of U.S. children annually

Approximately 30,000 children have been treated in emergency rooms across the U.S. for poisoning stemming the ingestion of single-use laundry detergent packets, prompting federal safety regulators to coordinate with other governments around the world to raise awareness of this seemingly innocuous threat. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has joined forces with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and an international consortium of government agencies to find ways to halt the threat that laundry packets or pods pose to children as the products soar in popularity. “Many laundry packets are colorful, attractive to children, and can contain poisonous ingredients,” said ... Read More

New app aims to provide second line of defense against child drowning deaths

New technology, designed as a wearable monitor and a smartphone app, is aimed at helping to prevent child drowning deaths. The brand new technology designed for swimming safety is known as iSwimbands. This system includes a headband for the swimmer and a wristband for the non-swimmer, alerting the non-swimmer’s smartphone through an app immediately if the swimmer is underwater for more than 20 seconds. iSwimband is advertised as “a personal and portable aquatic safety system,” but it does not aim to replace vigilant supervision. iSwimband’s goal is to provide a second level of protection because drowning can be difficult to detect. ... Read More