Child Injuries and Deaths Up While Product Recalls Are DownMarch 20, 2013 | Category: Child Injuries | Share
In its February 13, 2013 annual report, Safe Sleep, Safe Play, Kids in Danger (KIDS) reported that although the number of children's product recalls dropped 20% in 2012 the number of incidents were up 49%, injuries up 42% and child deaths up 200% prior to the recalls.
Safe Sleep, Safe Play further states, "While the reduction in the number of recalls points to stronger standards and mandatory testing having the desired effect, KID is still concerned with the number of injuries and incidents prior to recall. Of particular concern are products for infants and toddlers that are not covered by voluntary or mandatory standards and have led to serious injuries and deaths."
Kids in Danger (KID) is a non-profit organization started in 1998 by the parents of a 16 month old child who died as the result of the collapse of a portable crib at his child care facility. The portable crib had been recalled five years prior to this terrible accident and neither the parents, caregivers or the inspector who inspected the facility just eight days before the child's death knew of the recall. Since its inception KID's goal is to "improve children's product safety" and to inform parents, grandparents and caregivers about dangerous children's products.
Randall Spivey, Florida Child Injuries Attorney with Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. recommends the KID 3-step safety program listed here for your convenience:
- Learn About Recalls
Check with consumer agencies to learn about product recalls. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other organizations maintain current lists of recalled merchandise.
- Search Your Home
Search your home for dangerous products, and ask your childcare center, family, and friends to search for recalled items.
- Stay Alert
Continue to be safe by learning how to stay up-to-date on product recalls, report products you think are dangerous, and help your friends and family keep their kids safe by spreading the word.
"As a parent, I understand that a parent's worst nightmare is the injury or death of a child. Everyone needs to take the time to review the 3-step safety program to keep children safe." says Attorney Spivey.
Florida Child Injuries Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.