Category Archives: Recalls

Accidents Due to Hazardous Children’s Furniture Should Not Happen!

On January 30, a recall was issued for 300 Natart Chelsea Three-Drawer Children’s Dressers Model 3033, by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in cooperation with the manufacturer, Gemme Juvenile, Inc., of Princeville, Quebec, Canada. The recall affects only 300 children’s dressers and is due to a safety hazard. The hazard: The dresser can tip over and entrap a child.

In fact, one such dresser did tip over, entrap and suffocate a two-year old toddler from Barrington, Illinois. The child attempted to climb onto an open lower drawer in order to reach the second dresser drawer, which caused the dresser to tip over on the child. The recall notice says, “When the dresser drawers are pulled all the way out and then the additional weight of a young child is applied, the dresser’s center of gravity can be altered and result in instability of the product [the dresser] and consequently tip over.” http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Natart-Chelsea-Dressers-Recalled-By-Gemme-Juvenile-To-Reduce-Tip-Over-Hazard-Death-of-Toddler-Reported/.

There are so many questions–and while any conscientious manufacturer would suffer from such an experience, I ask once again, why don’t manufacturers know within a reasonable range what can happen before releasing their products to the children’s furniture marketplace? Are children’s furniture products no longer being tested for safety before being imported to the U.S.? This particular dresser, according to the CPSC notice of recall, was manufactured before the May 2009 voluntary industry standard was issued. So, one might ask why didn’t the manufacturer recall the dressers when the voluntary industry standard changed?

This is a terrible reminder to parents of young children: Accidents with young children can happen very fast and toddlers should never be left alone. Young children need supervision.

The recalled children’s dressers were sold at Furniture Kidz and juvenile specialty stores and on line by Baby.com from January 2005 to December 2010 for from $600 to $900. If you have one of these, immediately stop using the dresser and remove it from your children’s access. Retrofit kits with wall anchor straps to keep the dresser from tipping are now being offered by the manufacturer for free, and consumers can contact the company by calling toll-free 1-855-364-2619 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

The CPSC would like everyone to know: “Every two weeks a child dies when a piece of furniture or a television falls on them.” All TVs and furniture should be anchored to prevent tipping.

Four More Infant Deaths Due to Nap Nanny Infant Recliners

Those who follow ChildSafetyBlog.org may be as sad and disappointed as we were when they learn that there have been four more deaths of babies in Nap Nanny infant recliners. In July 2010 we published a post to alert parents and caregivers about this dangerous piece of child furniture, so hearing this news is difficult. Perhaps if there were more thorough scrutiny of these products before they arrived on the market shelves…perhaps if more people paid attention to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls…

There are a million questions one could ask–but their answers don’t change the results. Nothing will bring these children back to life. Their lives were cut short by the use of less-than-safe baby products. My question from July 30, 2010, still stands: Aren’t there engineers who look closely at children’s products to determine whether they are really safe before they arrive on the market shelves?

The company that produced and sold the Nap Nanny infant recliners is bankrupt. The federal government is suing. Unfortunately, this is too little, too late. A loud public outcry… now… may save more children from this dangerous piece of baby furniture… but parents, caregivers and the public still need to be cautioned:

  • If you think a piece of children’s furniture, product or toy might not be safe, it probably is not. Check http://www.CPSC.gov for recalls, safety standards for children’s furniture and products–including cribs and baby beds;
  • Please pay attention to children’s product, toy and furniture recalls online and in the news–and if you see a child’s toy, baby furniture, or children’s product at a yard sale, DO NOT BUY IT unless you check it first on the list of recalls on http://www.CPSC.gov, to learn if it has already been recalled;
  • If you own recalled children’s furniture, toys or baby products, please don’t re-sell them. Selling or attempting to sell a recalled item is illegal. Much of the time, consumers can contact the manufacturing company for a refund or an exchange. If you cannot get a refund or a replacement item, then it’s best to destroy the recalled item, place it in a black plastic bag and deliver it to the dump, so it can never be used again or harm a child!

PeaPod Travel Beds Recalled

As we get close to the holidays and parents and family members begin to shop for safe toys and gifts for families with young children, Childsafetyblog.org will highlight some children’s products which, due to safety factors, you may wish to avoid. This one was brought to our attention by a mother with a young child, which, after having been on the market since 2005, is only just now being recalled.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and KidCo Inc. of Libertyville, Illinois, have announced a voluntary recall of 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds because an infant or young child could become trapped between the inflatable air mattress and the fabric sides of the tent-type bed and suffocate. In December 2011, a 5-month old child found in this type of tent could not be revived. There have been at least six reports of children who have become entrapped or who experienced some physical distress while they were in this tent.

This type of product has been marketed for use by infants from birth to over three years of age. The tents were sold in several colors and have an inflatable air mattress which fits in a zippered pocket beneath the floor of the tent. A zippered side opening permitted parents and caregivers to place the child in and take the child out of the tent. The tents fold and come with a storage bag for convenience in transporting the tent. Model numbers are located on a tag on the underside of the tent; models/colors of tents being recalled are: P100 Teal, P101 Red, P102 Lime, P103 Periwinkle, P104 Ocean, P201 Princess/Red, P202 Camouflage, P203 Quick Silver, P204 Sagebrush, P205 Cardinal, and P900CS Green. The tents were manufactured in China and sold by children’s stores throughout the country and online by Amazon.com from January 2005 to the present, for from $70 to $100.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the tents immediately and to contact KidCo for a free repair kit. The repair kits depend upon the model, so consumers will need the model number to arrange for the proper repair kit.

Consumers can contact KidCo by calling their toll free number (beginning in December) 1-855-847-8600 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by visiting the Firm’s website at www.kidco.com.

To view photos of the recalled tents, please visit the CPSC website: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13043.html.

Classic Wood High Chairs Recalled by Graco

Posted by Marianne Frederick

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, have recalled approximately 86,000 Classic Wood High Chairs in the U.S. and 3,400 in Canada. The reason for this Graco recall is a fall hazard, as the high chair’s seat can loosen or become detached from the high chair’s base. Graco has received 58 reports of the high chair seats becoming loose and detaching from the base. Nine children have fallen when the seat detached, and one child in Canada experienced a concussion.

The chairs were manufactured in China, and imported to the U.S. by Graco. They were sold by Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, and other retail stores and online by Target.com and Walmart.com from September 2007 through December 2010 for approximately $130. The high chairs were available in three different wooden finishes, and have a top seat, bottom leg assembly and removable tray. The high chair came with a beige fabric seat cover.

Consumers should stop using the wooden high chairs immediately and contact Graco for a free repair kit. Graco can be reached at 1-800-345-4109, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or consumers can visit the company’s website at www.gracobaby.com. To see photos of these recalled high chairs, please visit the CPSC website, www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml13/13006.html.

Last weekend, while frequenting a yard sale, I was surprised to see three children’s products–all had been recalled–including a high chair, and two strollers for sale. The latter two had been recalled in January 2010. The people who were selling them were not aware of the recall and didn’t know that it is illegal to sell any product that has been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. So, to parents who are looking to purchase a stroller or other children’s product or furniture, please check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall notices on http://www.cpsc.gov or look on our website as Child Safety Blog also posts the CPSC recalls.

Blind Xpress Window Blinds Recalled Due to Child’s Death

Posted by Marianne Frederick

People will read about this kind of recall and say, “It should not happen!” We think, we hope, by now, that most people have heard repeated warnings about the dangers of window blind cords and strangulation. Parents, especially, have been warned by the news media, as well as by organizations focused on child safety, about placing a child’s crib near a window. So, why do accidents of this type keep happening and the statistics continue to increase?

We believe that it is not for lack of education or for the love of our children. The products are on the market, and people purchase them assuming that simply because they are being sold by reputable stores that they are safe! Parents and caregivers are busy, often caring for more than one child at home. There’s so much for parents to accomplish in the non-working hours. There’s a never-ending list of to-do’s with which most parents are all too familiar. It’s hard to stay focused. There are many distractions from meetings, to visitors, phone calls and text messages that demand a parent’s attention.

We’ve all heard of distracted driving… and even distracted walking… Perhaps what we’re doing is sometimes distracted living. Technology, as engaging as can be, often steals our focus from daily duties and priorities–and makes us forget what we need to be doing right now. I am as guilty as the next person–while working on my desktop PC, I forget to turn off eggs boiling on the stove–even though I’m in the same room. Exploding eggs and the smell of burned sulfur jar me back to the reality of the mess to clean up–and I think about what could have happened, even fire!

As parents, we are reminded continually to be focused, but beyond being and staying focused, we need to pay attention to recalls and warnings. Ignoring them won’t make them disappear. Not only are there many unsafe and untested children’s products on the market, but the normal things one finds in our homes on a daily basis can be deadly… like button batteries, medications, matches, space heaters, baby bathers and, certainly, window blinds. A woman at a class reunion recently announced, “We didn’t have all these cautions and we grew up!” Yes, many of us grew up, but some of us didn’t, like our classmate whose parents had a faulty swing set from which their daughter fell.

There are a number of websites listing recalls of unsafe products on the Internet. If parents don’t have a computer at home (or have access to a smart phone or iPad), they can check the http://www.cpsc.gov website for recalls from a computer at their local library. Check our website, http://www.childsafetyblog.org for recalls too! ChildSafetyBlog.org is devoted to keeping children safer and to helping parents and caregivers accomplish this most important goal. So, parents, stay focused, stay informed of recalls and keep children safe!

Pacifiers from China Recalled Due to Choking Hazard!

Posted by Marianne Frederick

Since readers can now access the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recalls on our ChildSafetyBlog.org site (see the CPSC recall link on the right), we don’t write as much about recalls as we have in the past.

However, this is one product with which we can and should take issue: On August 23, 2012,  119,000 CareBears Pacifiers, made in China and imported to the U.S., were recalled due to a choking hazard. They were sold from 2009 through 2012 for one dollar — and because they were so cute and cheap, a lot were sold — and now they are in babies’ mouthes.

Most parents know what a pacifier is. It goes in a baby’s mouth–helps baby to be quiet and calm, and helps mom, dad or both to retain their sanity. But pacifiers need to be safe (as well as clean), because they go in baby’s mouth. Pretty simple, right?

I am pretty sure that many parents, as well as retailers, have had it to the yin-yang with un-safe children’s (and adults’) products manufactured in China and imported to the U.S. Children’s products failing or causing harm is scarier somehow–adults are more often able to figure out what is safe and what is not, hopefully. Young children can’t and don’t complain–as long as a toy is shiny or colorful–but by the time a cadmium-covered stuffed animal or a faulty pool slide has hurt a child, the damage is done and it may even be too late for a child to recover.

Once again it is left to parents to be the safe guardians of their children, and this is one more impassioned plea to parents: Really look at the toys and products–in this case, pacifiers–that you purchase for your children! If a toy looks unsafe, don’t buy it. If you think a toy or product could possibly come apart and it has small parts that could detach, don’t buy the product–whether it’s made in China, Timbuktu or Pittsburgh. This is the message we, as parents and consumers, need to yell from the rooftops to the manufacturers and sellers of unsafe products for children! Perhaps there should be stiffer penalties for selling faulty or dangerous items.

As sensible adults, we still have some choices. Buying safer toys and reliable products for kids usually has a better, safer outcome; and more than anything, we want our children to be safe.

Toys ‘R’ Us Recalls Imaginarium Activity Center

Toys ‘R’ Us rarely recalls toys as we have learned over the years, however, the CPSC and Toys ‘R’ Us are voluntarily recalling approximately 24,000 Imaginarium Activity Centers due to a choking hazard. The problem is the five-sided wooden Imaginarium Activity Center has small wooden knobs which attach xylophone keys to the activity center and can detach, causing a choking hazard to young children. The Imaginarium was manufactured in China and imported to the U.S. by Toys ‘R’ Us.

Fortunately, there have only been eight reports of the knobs detaching and no reports of injuries thus far. Consumers will find the model number 46284, the Toys ‘R’ Us item number 295909, and the barcode number000799985462841 printed on the box the Imaginarium came in, not on the product itself.

The Imaginarium Activity Center was sold throughout the nation at Toys “R” Us stores and online via www.toysrus.com from August 2009 through September 2010 for approximately $25.

Consumers are advised to completely remove this toy from children’s access and return it to Toys ‘R’ Us for a full refund or store credit. Consumers can contact Toys “R” Us on their toll-free number at 1(800) 869-7787 between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Saturday and between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm’s website at www.toysrus.com/safety.

To view a photo of the Imaginarium Activity Center, please visit CPSC’s website at:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12188.html.

Dorel Juvenile’s Safety First Products Get “Zinged” By Yet Another CPSC Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. (DJG) of Columbus, Indiana, have announced a voluntary recall of Dorel’s Safety 1st Toilet and Cabinet Locks due to lock failure–as young “children can gain access to water and dangerous items.” Because young children are able to disengage the toilet locks, the lock failure poses the hazard of drowning; and children can also disengage the cabinet locks giving them access to possibly dangerous items thought to be locked in the cabinet. (900,000 of Dorel’s Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks were recalled due to lock failure in March 2012.)

DJG received more than 100 reports that the toilet locks were not effective and over 250 reports that the cabinet locks failed. There were also 71 reports of children under five years of age being able to disengage the cabinet locks–one incident report involved injury to a child from an object swallowed. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12180.html.

This recall involves 183,000 Safety 1st Surefit toilet locks (Models 48003 and 48103) and 685,000 Safety 1st cabinet slide locks (Models 12013 and 12014), manufactured in China and imported to the US by Dorel Juvenile Group. The toilet locks and cabinet locks were sold by Bed, Bath and Beyond, Burlington Coat Factory, Great Beginnings, Home Depot, Target and Walmart. The toilet locks were sold from January 2005 through April 2010 for from $8 to $20, and the cabinet locks were sold from January 2000 through March 2009, for from $2 to $11.

Consumers are advised to stop using both the toilet locks and the cabinet locks immediately and may contact DJG on their toll-free number 1(877) 416-8105 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.djgusa.com.

To view photos of the toilet and cabinet locks being recalled, please visit the CPSC website at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12180.html.

URGENT: Retailers Agree to Stop Sale of Tots in Mind™ Crib and Play Yard Tents Due to Entrapment Strangulation, Brain Injuries and Infant Death

“How do these things ever get on the market if they are so dangerous?” worried parents ask. It is one of the worst experiences for parents when they learn a hazard is so serious that a piece of childhood furniture endangers the lives of their infants and young children. The CPSC is now urging parents to immediately stop using crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. due to strangulation and entrapment hazards.

The CPSC has learned of 27 incidents of the crib and play yard tents failing and causing injuries to children and one death of a child that occurred between January 1997 and April 2012 from crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. In 2008, a 2-year old boy became trapped between the bottom and top rails of a play yard tent and died. In 2007, a child sustained a traumatic brain injury when the crib tent inverted and trapped him at the neck. The additional 25 reports involved inverted crib tents and entrapment between the crib tent and the crib or play yards, three of which involved injuries to children.

The CPSC has issued an urgent voluntary recall and the retailers that sold the crib tents/play yards will provide a refund or a full store credit, depending upon from which retailer the crib tent/play yard was purchased. The company, Tots in Mind, Inc., had previously recalled the play yard tents in July 2010 and offered a repair kit at that time which is no longer available as the company is out of business. The CPSC strongly recommends that consumers not attempt to repair the crib and play yard tents.

The products were sold at a variety of retail stores, including Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby, Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Walmart, and online from websites including Amazon.com, for in the range of $60 to $85. Consumers should contact the store where the item was purchased to obtain a full refund or store credit. Contact information for the following stores offering a refund or store credit is listed below:

No model names or numbers are located on any of the tents; but the crib tents can be identified by the photos on the CPSC website and by the Tots in Mind logo on top of the tent. To view photos of the crib tents and play yard tents being recalled, please visit the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12179.html.The CPSC reminds all consumers that it is illegal to re-sell recalled products of any type.

Baby Bassinets Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Kolcraft Enterprises of Chicago, has issued a recall of 46,000 Kolcraft Tender Vibes and Light Vibes Baby Bassinets due to a faulty latch system creating a serious fall hazard.

The CPSC is aware of seven reports of injuries due to the faulty latch that is supposed to attach the bassinet base onto the metal frame. The latch can appear to be locked in place while it still remains unlocked; thus the bassinet can become detached from the frame and the entire bassinet can fall to the floor causing injury to the child in the bassinet.

The bassinet models involved in this recall are: Kolcraft Tender Vibes bassinets model numbers KB021-ARC, KB022-VER, KB039-CMR1 and Light Vibes bassinets model number KB043-BNT1. Consumers will find the model numbers on a label on a leg of the metal frame. “Kolcraft Tender Vibes” or “Kolcraft Light Vibes” also can be found on the removable music box attached to the side of the bassinet.

The bassinets were manufactured from July 2008 through May 2010 and sold from July 2008 through May 2012 for from $50 to $100 by mass market and independent juvenile specialty stores throughout the US and online.

Consumers should stop using these bassinets immediately and contact Kolcraft Enterprises for a free repair kit with instructions on how to secure the latch to the metal frame. In the interim, parents should make an alternative safe sleeping arrangement for their child. For additional information on this recall, consumers may contact Kolcraft on their toll-free number 1(888) 624-1908 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.kolcraft.com.

To view photos of the recalled bassinets, please visit the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12173.html.