The introduction of the Consumer Product Safety Act will make children's products safer, says Safe Kids Canada

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Children's products sold in Canada will be safer
for children with today's introduction of consumer product safety legislation
    "Injuries to young children from the use of consumer products are common,
frequently serious and sometimes fatal," says Pamela Fuselli, executive
director, Safe Kids Canada. "Products need to be designed to anticipate the
special risks faced by children. If products are dangerous by design then they
must be removed from the market."
    The vast majority of Canadians believe that if a toy or product is
available on the market it is, in fact, safe. Unfortunately this is not always
the case. Consumer product safety is a shared responsibility between industry,
consumers and the government. Safety considerations must be built into the
design of products before they reach the market to prevent product-related
injuries from occurring in the first place. It is also important that
consumers have access to accurate product safety information so that they can
make informed decisions about the toys and products they purchase.
    The Federal Government and Health Canada have been responsive to concerns
about toys and products that have caused serious injuries to children. Canada
is the only country in the world to have a ban on the importation,
advertisement, and sale of wheeled baby walkers. Baby walkers allow young
infants to move quickly, resulting in falls down stairs and in some instances
scalds from pulling hot objects or liquid onto themselves.

    Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death among children and
youth in Canada. Safe Kids Canada collaborates with community partners across
the country to conduct research, raise awareness, educate families, and
advocate for safer environments. Safe Kids Canada is the national injury
prevention program of The Hospital for Sick Children. For more information on
product and child safety, call 1-888-SAFE-TIP (723-3847) or visit

For further information:

For further information: Lisa Lipkin, Manager, Communications &
Marketing, Safe Kids Canada, Tel: (416) 813-6164, E-mail:

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