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August 15, 2007 | Abigail Goldman and Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writers
First it was tens of millions of containers of pet food recalled because of tainted ingredients from China; then it was 1.5 million of the popular Thomas & Friends wood trains, made in China, recalled for lead paint. Two weeks ago, El Segundo-based Mattel Inc., one of the most trusted names in playthings, jolted consumers with warnings that 1.5 million of its Chinese-made Fisher-Price toys also could contain lead paint.
June 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
* About 112,000 Rainforest Open Top Take-Along baby swings, imported by Fisher-Price, were recalled because a baby can shift to one side of the swing and get caught between the frame and seat. The company has received 60 reports of babies getting trapped, resulting in cuts, bumps, bruises and red marks. For more information, call (888) 303-5631 or go to or * About 103,000 pieces of metal children's jewelry, distributed by Tween Brands Inc.
April 18, 2007 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
The head of Los Angeles County's foster care agency vowed on Tuesday to comply by June 30 with federal rules on monitoring the homes of foster children living with relatives, to solve a problem that has cost the county an estimated $6 million over the last year. Social workers are behind in conducting assessments and annual reassessments of about 3,200 homes to ensure that they meet health and safety requirements, said Patricia S.
March 21, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Consultants hired by Consumer Reports to investigate how it botched a story about infant car seats concluded Tuesday that a major misunderstanding between the magazine and the lab that conducted the test resulted in the error. The findings of the test -- that most seats "failed disastrously" -- were withdrawn two weeks after their Jan. 4 publication when the magazine learned its side-impact tests had simulated speeds twice as fast as it reported.
January 20, 2007 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Four months after the congressional page scandal rocked Capitol Hill and helped dash Republican hopes for holding their majorities in Congress, the House voted unanimously Friday to expand the board that oversees the teenage interns and require that it meet regularly. The House voted 416 to 0 to reorganize the House Page Board so that it has two congressional members from each party, the House clerk, the sergeant at arms, one parent of a page and one former page.
September 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that it has approved the first harness-type child safety device for sale to consumers for use on commercial airline flights. The CAReS device, produced by Phoenix-based AmSafe Aviation, involves a belt and shoulder harness that goes around the adult seat back and attaches to the adult passenger lap belt.
June 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press is planning new restrictions on how adults may contact its younger users in response to growing concerns about the safety of teenagers who frequent the popular social networking site. The site already prohibits children ages 13 and under from setting up accounts and displays only partial profiles for those registered as 14 or 15 years old unless the person viewing the profile is already on the teen's list of friends.
April 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sheriff Bob Doyle is expected to form a commission today to designate child safety zones to help implement Jessica's Law, a proposed November ballot initiative that would toughen penalties for sex offenders and keep them at least 2,000 feet from schools and parks. The group of local leaders will identify areas in Riverside County where children gather.
February 15, 2006 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
When pop star Britney Spears was caught on camera illegally holding her infant son in her lap while driving her SUV last week, her reckless faux pas likely did more to spotlight child safety than any politician or advocate could have dreamed. The Malibu incident and consequent public outcry over Spears' behavior surprised even seasoned auto safety advocates.
February 8, 2006 | From Associated Press
Britney Spears defended photographs showing the pop star driving with her 4-month-old son on her lap, saying she was dodging the paparazzi. Several photos published Tuesday showed Spears driving her SUV in Malibu with infant Sean Preston on her lap, rather than strapped into a car seat in the back. Spears said she did it because of a "horrifying, frightful encounter with the paparazzi." The agency that snapped the photos, X17, had a different account.
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