Nursery product hazards

28/09/2004

64% of all hazards posed to children from nursery products could be addressed by federal regulation.

A Consumer Product Safety Commission report, recently released in the U.S., indicates that about 64% of all hazards posed to children from nursery products could be addressed by federal regulation.

While it is useful to know the number of injuries, deaths and related costs associated with a product, the report said it is also important to have an estimate of how much of the associated social cost might actually be addressed through some action. Many of the injuries treated in emergency rooms that were related to nursery products may not be addressable because the injury was sustained to an adult or had only incidental product involvement.

What CPSC staff did was identify that portion of the injury and death costs that is not addressable through case-by-case review. The remaining injuries were then run through the Commission's 'Injury Cost Model'.

After applying this process of review of the data to the entire category of nursery products, the CPSC found that the total maximum addressable injury and death cost is $3.7 billion (or about 64%), out of a total cost associated with these products of $5.9.

Source: Product Safety & Liability Reporter (Vol. 32, No. 32)

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