Category archive: safety

July 2, 2014

Man Insane, Kid In Footwell

We interrupt this not freaking out about news stories phase to bring you this important announcement: Some insane 27yo dad got arrested doing 150mph in a Mercedes 320--a 320!--in England last September, trying to make a 5-hour drive from Hull...
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June 20, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: CHECK YOUR CAR Edition

This DT Friday Freakout is dedicated to summer, and to MAKING IT A HABIT TO LOOK IN THE BACK SEAT OF YOUR CAR EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU GET IN OR OUT, NOT JUST WHEN THE KID IS WITH YOU, BUT...
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June 4, 2014

Target

Seriously, this is the perfect before and after at Target picture about open carry yahoos pic.twitter.com/4sjNFNaNo0— Abe Sauer (@abesauer) June 4, 2014 Wasn't giving ribbons to everyone in peewee league supposed to cure this generation of its insecurities? Can we...
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April 2, 2014

Baseball/Soccer Moms, Gonna Die & Chevrolet

DT's favorite CSPAN guru Seth noted this odd mention from yesterday's House hearings into GM's total botching of the deadly ignition problems in the Chevy Cobalt. Basically the internal spring in the ignition would fail, and the car would...
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March 28, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Graco Recall Edition

Here is a round-up of headlines to ruin your weekend all at once, instead of ruining your week one day at a time, the DT Friday Freakout: Because of volatile chlorination byproducts, do not pee in the pool. [amer. chem...
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November 22, 2013

People Are Just Runnin' Over Kids In New York, And It's Got To Stop

Five kids killed by cars in five weeks, the most recent of which was a 9yo in Brooklyn:Less than a month earlier, on Oct. 11, a drunk driver killed 3-year-old Olvin Jahir Figueroa in Queens. Samuel Cohen Eckstein, 12, died...
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October 3, 2013

Laundry Detergent Pod Not A Toy

You'd think the laundry detergent companies would learn after putting a teddy bear on the bottle, but no. kids are still eating--and getting sick from and even maybe dying from--Tide detergent pods, which look like shiny candy, and [used...
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September 25, 2013

3rd Gen Mambo Family Baby Swim Collar

After tumbling into the labyrinthian world of Chinese knockoff baby bath gear yesterday, I floated past this remarkable product: the 3rd Generation Mambo Family Transparent Baby Swim Ring Collar. Let's all take a moment to remember the brave families...
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July 31, 2013

Chinese Parents Prefer Foreign, Non-Poisonous Formula

If only Big Formula could sell two cans of formula to everyone in China... China's Search for Infant Formula Goes Global [nyt]...
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July 8, 2013

Baby Norinori

Saw this car window sticker at Tokyu Hands at Shinjuku. It's hilarious because it says Baby Norinori desu, which sounds like "baby riding," but actually means, "Baby dancin' like crazy." Maybe it's slightly hilarious. Amusing. It'd be funnier if...
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June 18, 2013

From The Department Of Bad Ideas: Spring-Mounted Cradle

90-year-old David Resnick ran an outfit called United Inventors and Scientists which loved to help inventors. In fact, he helped the inventor of this spring-mounted cradle right out of the photo, and right out of the 1974 LA Times...
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May 24, 2013

OG Vinyl: 1971 Ford LTD Country Squire

Keeping with the luscious woodgrain theme here on Daddy Types, check out this total stunner of a station wagon, a 1971 Ford LTD Country Squire with a mere 60,000 miles. It's being sold by GR Auto Gallery in Grand...
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March 1, 2013

One Country, Two Formula Markets

No, these people in Shenzhen haven't violated the one-child policy; they're taking as much powdered formula as they can carry back to Hong Kong, ahead of HK's ban on Mainland powdered milk products, which goes into effect March 1st....
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February 27, 2013

2 Reasons We Don't Live In A Paul Rudolph House

I just realized I don't hate Buzzfeed-style web listicles after all; I just haven't seen enough ones I really like. 15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes That Will Kill Your Children [projectophile via @langealexandra]...
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December 16, 2012

'With A Gun In My Face'

Tech designer, entrepreneur, and dad Ryan Freitas' firsthand experience with gun violence feels really powerful. It's direct, reasonable, and, hopefully, persuasive for those who might feel that there is nothing to do or nothing to be done about gun regulation...
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December 14, 2012

Sounds Like These Nap Nanny Infant Recliners Are Killin' Babies

Even after one death that led to a 2010 recall and a redesign to strengthen the 3-point harness, the Nap Nanny and related Chill infant recliners are apparently killin' babies. Now the CPSC is suing Baby Matters, the manufacturer,...
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Bugaboo Takes Impending Recall Announcements About Its Popping-Out Handles Situation Very Seriously

Have you picked up your Cameleon or Donkey in bassinet mode by the padded handle and had one side pop out, giving you a momentary shock but not injuring your child, and then you stuck it back in, and made...
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December 12, 2012

4yo Car Tester Stuck In Lexus Trunk Triggers 700,000 Car Recall

So when you're a car tester, you can put your kid in the trunk and call it research? What a boondoggle! Consumer Reports tester Jake Fisher's 4yo son was eager to test the inside trunk release lever in the...
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December 10, 2012

Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red PR

Now that they've retired [Where's Jeff? Not at the barber, that's for sure!], and taken their last victory tour/lap of Australia, The Wiggles have put "The Big Red Car" on eBay, with all proceeds going to support SIDS and...
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November 26, 2012

If Measured On A Per-Bounce Basis, I'm Sure The Bouncy Castle Industry Would Look Much Safer

The first nationwide survey of bounce house injuries has found that the unregulated, inflatable death castles are the site of an epidemic of pain, suffering, and injury on a massive scale not seen since the Great Trampoline Plague of...
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November 21, 2012

It's Playground Morning In America

Maybe if Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love had run on how she successfully thwarted the parasites in the personal injury lawyer industry to build Utah's awesomest new playground, she'd be Utah's awesomest new congresswoman right about now. But then...
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October 30, 2012

Sandy Adventure Playground

I hope everyone affected by the storm is managing alright. And that getting back to normal does not automatically include removing this tree from this frankly kind of already ad hoc-looking playground near the lower tip of Manhattan. Playground...
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September 24, 2012

Toddlers Toddle, Sometimes Fall, While Sippy Cups, Bottles, Pacifiers

How long does med school take? 14 years? And because you accumulated a million dollars in student loans, and Obamacare's already cutting into your fat margins, you find yourself panic trolling for Yahoo, slapping ridiculous SEO headlines on content farm-level...
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September 12, 2012

Silver Cross Surf's Up! Unidentified Local Mum Wipes Out On Sidewalk

My favorite part of this paparazzi photo of Astala Dylan Willow Geldof-Cohen's Silver Cross Surf pram and car seat getting stuck in a gap on the sidewalk and pitching him to the ground is his little feet. So cute....
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August 17, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: Nuts Edition

An abbreviated assortment of news from the worlds of science, health, and parenting to freak you out for the weekend: The better educated the parents, the worse kids do when trapped in a fridge. [aap, c. 1958 via felix] Eating...
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August 15, 2012

Bumbocalypse! All 4 Million Bumbo Seats Recalled Because Skull Fractures

image via: the internet, identities of the innocent have been obscured The CPSC has announced a recall of all 4 million Bumbo foam infant seats sold in the US, because kids keep on popping out of those things and...
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July 31, 2012

DON'T LEAVE YOUR KID IN THE BACK SEAT [WITH ONE OF THOSE KID-IN-THE-BACK-SEAT DETECTORS]

What with global warming and drought and derechos and whatnot, we're all pretty much doomed anyway, but SERIOUSLY, ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER, PLEASE GET IN THE HABIT OF CHECKING THE BACK SEAT EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU GET OUT OF THE...
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May 15, 2012

Parenting Without A Neto

In New York over the weekend, I went to my friend Tanya Bonakdar's gallery to see my buddy Ernesto Neto's awesome-looking, new, climbable sculptures, and my buddy Ethan, almost literally the first thing out of his mouth when I...
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April 27, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: Class Edition

The Friday Freakout, a compendium of parenting headlines delivered all at once instead of dribbled out daily, to ruin just your weekend, a Daddy Types exclusive: During the Obama administration, the food and beverage industry has doubled the amount of...
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April 18, 2012

Maybe You Won't Forget To Check The Car Seat Now, Though

Especially as the weather gets warmer, someone on Reddit user Brickmaj's block in Brooklyn wants you and everyone around to remember to check the back seat when you get out of the car. Because forgetting the kid's back there...
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April 5, 2012

Baby Helmets And The Slippery Slope

I used to roll my eyes at the Baby Helmet but now I think _it depends on the baby_.— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) April 5, 2012 Previously: Thudguard makes me more worried about the kid's inherited brainpower...
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April 2, 2012

Shady Baby: Maclaren's Secret Outlet Stores

Alright, here's the short version of this post: Farzad Rastegar's basically got two front operations in random condos in Norwalk, Connecticut to unload recalled Maclaren USA strollers online. Some of those strollers come from Maclaren USA, the subsidiary Rastegar put...
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March 30, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: ASD BPA CPSC Edition

A collection of--let's face it, a couple of--headlines from the worlds of health, science, and parenting designed to ruin your weekend, it's the DT Friday Freakout: "New Study Finds Skyrocketing Increase in Autism" could really be from any week now,...
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March 29, 2012

Oh, Those Kids! Helen Levitt Givin' Me A Heart Attack From The Grave

Our trip this weekend gave me and my mom a great chance to talk about how screwed up society is that we can't even let kids play outside anymore or whatever. And I think we can trace the beginning...
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March 16, 2012

DT Friday Freakout

Whether it's criticism of your choice of preschool art party clown or something weightier, like, say, your soon-to-be-born baby being poisoned by everything in your house, the DT Friday Freakout is your one-stop headline roundup for ruining your entire weekend:...
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March 9, 2012

Maclaren 'Regrets The Recent Confusion In The US Media'

No, Maclaren, I'm sorry. It's not you, it's me. Though they won't actually talk to anyone live, or answer any questions, Kids Today, the longtime trade journal for the juvenile products industry, reports that Bevin Gove, Maclaren's director of public...
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March 2, 2012

Traction: Maclaren Bankruptcy Story Hits NYT, WSJ

Well, that's a relief, to know that the Maclaren USA bankruptcy filing story is as unexpected, confusing, and confounding as I'd thought. The Wall Street Journal's Bankruptcy Beat blog has a post about Maclaren tonight, which is nice. And in...
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February 26, 2012

Maclaren Group: It's Not Us! We're Fine! Just Some Paperwork!

Alright, so there is some movement in the Maclaren bankruptcy story. A couple of other sites picked up the story of Maclaren USA's Ch 7. liquidation filing, including BabyGizmo who, on Friday night, was as shocked as DT was:We just...
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February 21, 2012

Wow, Why Has Maclaren Quietly Filed For Bankruptcy Liquidation?

Well. On December 29, 2011, Maclaren USA, the premium umbrella stroller company, quietly filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Connecticut. The company's US headquarters is in Norwalk, where its owner, private equity investor Farzad Rastegar, lives. Chapter 7 is...
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February 7, 2012

Bisphenol A By Damien Hirst

image via sothebys.com, © Damien Hirst/ Science Ltd, 2012 Photography Prudence Cuming Associates There's a rather insane art exhibition on in the world right now, 331 of the existing Damien Hirst Spot Paintings are on view in all eleven...
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February 2, 2012

W[elsh] T[oddler] F Rockclimbing??

I hate this kind of story, or at least posting about it, because it feels like the only point is to provoke WTF outrage. And also because people are already freaking the hell out all over the Facebook, and the...
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January 16, 2012

The RAPEX Of Europa

Alright, the unrecalled Ikea Antilop high chair is becoming an endangered species. Did DT get it wrong before, when I said that Antilops made between 2006 and 2010 were being recalled for having ridiculously flimsy safety straps? Because the Daily...
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Laser-Cut Steel Dollhouse By Bunker Hill

Though he's mostly into Swedish pine and plywood lately, in the mid-to-late 2000's, Stockholm architect Daniel Franzen definitely had a laser-cut steel phase. One result is this awesome steel dollhouse inspired by the barn house he designed for Swedish...
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January 13, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: Disaster Edition

Well, I just had my calendar cleared, and ended up spending ten hours out with the kids. At one point, we just sat in the car. For like an hour. Just chilling when napping wouldn't do. And then there were...
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January 6, 2012

Ikea Antilop Recall! World's Greatest High Chair Has World's Flimsiest Straps

If there's one thing Ikea's famous for, it's meatballs. If there's two things, it's cheap, stylish furniture. The third thing? Value engineering the hell out that furniture year in and year out, to squeeze every possible penny of profit...
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December 23, 2011

DT Friday Freakout: Bears & Bees Edition

It's the DT Friday Freakout! A roundup of headlines from the worlds of health, science, and parenting to ruin your holiday weekend: The CPSC announced a recall of 7,260 Bugaboo Bees, all manufactured in 2011, to replace front swivel...
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December 5, 2011

Cup O' Noodles? Cup O' Scalding Toddler Torture!

We interrupt this unobtainable German minivan caroling special to bring you a special DT Monday Freakout: NPR has blown the lid on a nationwide epidemic of toddler terror: apparently, cups of instant soup are designed so that they can tip...
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December 1, 2011

A Children's Treasury Of Playground Near Nuclear Power Plant Photos

I can't figure out what's going on in these photographs Eric Vance took. I mean, they're labeled "environmental justice," and they were taken in 2007. For the EPA. During the Bush Administration. So I can only assume they are...
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November 11, 2011

DT Friday Freakout: Lollipox Edition

Sometimes it's hard not to freak out over these stories when they're dribbled out by media. But then, that's exactly why Daddy Types bundles them up into one, giant Friday Freakout, so they can ruin your weekend, not your whole...
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November 4, 2011

RECALL NOTICE: Stupid-Dangerousest Disney Trikes Ever Made

Sometimes a toy is so obviously, stupidly dangerous, you hope it inspires extra attention and caution on the part of the adults around it. Take, for example, one of my favorite old Creative Playthings toys, the Inquarium In-Crib Aquarium. It...
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