Safe Kids Worldwide, formerly known as the National SafeKids Coalition, announced its new name in July and took a strong stand on ATVs and children, calling for a ban on kids under 16 using ATVs. All-terrain vehicles are involved in some 38,000 injuries and 100 deaths to children ages 16 and under each year.
“A child riding an ATV is four times as likely to be seriously injured as a rider over age 16,” says Dr. Martin R. Eichelberger, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “If you’re not old enough to drive a car on a paved road with traffic control devices, you’re certainly not old enough to drive a powerful open-seat vehicle at speeds up to 70 miles per hour over dirt trails and wild terrain.”
Other safety groups are also calling for stricter safety measures. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has named a panel to study the safety issues with ATVs.
Bath seat safety warnings
On July 6 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Dorel Juvenile Group alerted consumers that the Safety 1st Tubside Bath Seat can break.
Baby bath seats are meant to help bathe infants by holding them in a sitting position in full-size bathtubs. Older models used suction cups to secure the seat to the tub, while the Tubside Bath Seat has a clamp arm that attaches over the side of the tub. The seat can break if used on a nonstandard tub, such as a claw-foot, spa or drop-in model. The commission also notes 67 incidents of breakage not related to the tub style.
Consumer advocates have called for a recall of all existing bath seats.
“This new product, supposedly designed to reduce the hazards posed by the original baby bath seat design, has now been shown to add additional risks to babies,” says Rachel Weintraub, director of product safety for the Consumer Federation of America.
Consumer groups urge caregivers not to use baby bath seats, and to stay within arms’ reach while bathing a baby. Leaving for even a few seconds can lead to injury or death—even in a small amount of water.
Visit www.cpsc.gov or www.safety1st.com for more information on the safety alert and www.consumerfed.org or www.kidsindanger.org for more information on the dangers of bath seats.
Graco Duo Tandem and Metrolife Strollers. These strollers can fail to latch properly and unexpectedly collapse. This can result in broken bones, cuts, bumps, bruises and other injuries. Graco reported more than 500 stroller collapses and 250 injuries. One child needed 46 stitches.
Pottery Barn Kids Toy Chest. These toy chests can slam shut suddenly. The product was recalled prior to any injuries being reported.
Kids II Baby Doorway Jumper. The plastic clamp that attaches the jumper seat to a door frame can break, causing the unit to fall to the floor. Kids II received 49 reports of the clamp breaking with 12 reported injuries, including a concussion, cuts, bumps and bruises.
To report a problem with a product or to see the complete list of recalls, visit www.cpsc.gov. Nancy A. Cowles Executive director, Kids in Danger