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December 17, 2007

SafeKids Canada applauds the Federal Government’s new action plan to make children’s products safer

TORONTO – Safe Kids Canada supports the new action plan released today by Prime Minister Stephen Harper aimed at making children's products sold in Canada safer for children. Survey results show that the vast majority of Canadians believe that if a toy or product is available on the market it is safe. While the public may assume that products for sale have been tested or inspected for safety, this has not necessarily been the case in Canada .

“Children are at special risk for injuries from consumer products. They relate to products and their environments in different ways than adults do ,” says Pamela Fuselli, interim 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.”

Safe Kids Canada and its partners have always encouraged a stronger product safety system in Canada . Safe Kids Canada recommends that Health Canada's product safety legislation be strengthened to include a “precautionary principle” and “general safety requirements” for all products.

Products, especially those intended for children, should be designed with safety in mind. Manufacturers, distributors, retailers and developers of standards should put special consideration into how vulnerable consumers might interact with their products. When there is a problem with a product or toy, swift action should be taken to protect the public through warnings and advisories and, if needed, a recall of the product. Safe Kids Canada supports giving more powers to the Health Minister to keep kids safe, including enforcing recalls . Fines to industry should also be increased to serve as a greater deterrent.

“These types of changes would bring laws and standards in line with the expectations of Canadian buyers for safe products on the market. We are looking forward to reviewing the details of today's announcement,” says Fuselli.

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.

For more information on product and child safety, call 1-888-SAFE-TIPS (723-3847) or visit safekidscanada.ca

Established in 1992, Safe Kids Canada is the national injury prevention program of The Hospital for Sick Children and is a national leader in educating parents and promoting effective strategies to prevent unintentional injuries and deaths of children.

For more information, please contact:

Media Contact
Public Affairs
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-6380
Fax: 416-813-5328