CPSC policies seen as resulting in improved child safety ◊ Injuries reduced ◊ Death rate falls ◊ Safety laws ◊ Baby walkers ◊ Crib accidents ◊

NATIONAL – USA Today reports that thanks to research and good public policy, children are benefiting “from a wealth of new research, as well as the safety laws and better products based on those research findings.” Nationwide, the “death rates from unintentional injuries among children under 19” fell “nearly 50% in 1981, from 27 deaths per 100,000 children in 1981 to 14 per 100,000 in 2005, according to the CDC.”

According to the Consumer Product Safety Committee, “Injuries from baby walkers – which help babies stand up – have fallen 88% since the early 1990s, from 25,700 a year to 3,100 annually today.” In addition, “Deaths from crib accidents have fallen 84% since 1973, decreasing from 200 deaths a year to 30, largely because of safety improvements.”

Also, “thanks to childproof caps, accidental poisonings have fallen more than 80% since the early 1970s, when 216 children died each year, the CPSC says.”

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