Posts Tagged ‘Consumer Product Safety Commission’

Child safety locks recalled

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling nearly 1 million Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks with model numbers 48391 and 48442. CPSC found that young children can unlock the cabinet locks, giving children access to unsafe items moms and dads keep in cabinets. This can put your child at risk of getting hurt from these unsafe items.

The child safety locks were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and other retail stores nationwide as well as at Amazon.com from January 2004 through February 2012 for between $2 and $4.

If you have any of the recalled child safety locks, CPSC urges you to remove the locks from the cabinets right away and store dangerous items out of reach of children. For a free replacement Push ‘N Snap lock, contact Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG), Inc. (the company that imports these child safety locks) at (866) 762-3212 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.djgusa.com.

For more information on the child safety lock recall, please visit the CPSC website. Learn more about keeping your baby’s environment safe.

New standard for toddler beds

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

bed-timeTo improve the safety of toddler beds, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new mandatory standard.  The new federal standard requires the following:  the top edge of the bed’s guardrail must be at least five inches above the surface of the mattress; spindle/slat strength testing for toddler beds must be consistent with the testing required for crib spindles/slats; and separate warning labels to address entrapment and strangulation hazards must appear on toddler beds.  Cribs that convert into toddler beds must also comply with the new federal standard.

Congress, as part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, required the Commission to issue a mandatory standard for toddler beds, as well as other durable infant and toddler products. In addition to toddler beds, CPSC has issued mandatory standards for cribs, infant walkers and infant bath seats. You can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site.

Product safety database

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

A new service exists for consumers looking for safety information on products they own or are thinking about buying. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) created a safety database at SaferProducts.gov as part of the Consume Product Safety Improvement Act.  This database will work in a unique way.  It will provide product safety information but will also allow consumers to report harmful incidents and safety issues. 

CPSC will investigate incidents and report hazardous findings to the manufacturers within five business days. Manufacturers will have ten business days to respond with comments and claims. If all requirements are met at that time, the report and manufacturer’s comments will be posted on the web site. Reports lacking required information will not be published. Similarly, information in a report of harm determined to be materially inaccurate within the 10 days provided to manufacturers to respond will not be published. Reports that potentially contain confidential information will have such information taken out before the report is posted.  These steps should help ensure accurate information.

For more information, visit the CPSC web site.  You can access the new database at this link:  http://www.saferproducts.gov.

Night light recall

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Have you got a night light in your child’s room or the bathroom? Check it. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Tack & Hardware Company are recalling 261,000 LED night lights. An electrical short circuit in the night light can cause it to overheat and smolder or melt, which can burn consumers or result in fire.

The night lights were sold in hardware stores, lighting showrooms and home centers nationwide from March 2009 through January 2011. Three night light models are being recalled: model numbers 71193, 71194 and 327879. Only those with KML molded on the back are being recalled.

Consumers should stop using the recalled night lights immediately and unplug them from the wall. Contact the firm for instructions on receiving a full refund. To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled products, click on this link.

More Graco strollers recalled

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

graco-stroller-recall-1020103The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling more than 2 million strollers and traveler systems. The CPSC is recalling these strollers because babies may be at risk of getting trapped in the strollers.

The recall is for Graco Quattro Tour strollers made before November 2006 and Graco MetroLite strollers made before July 2007. These strollers and traveler systems were sold in stores nationwide between 2000 and 2007. Newer versions of these strollers aren’t part of this recall because they include safety measures that were updated in 2008.

Babies, especially those younger than 12 months, can get trapped if they aren’t strapped in properly. A baby can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his head and neck can become trapped by the tray. This can lead to injury, or in some cases, strangulation.

Earlier this year, CPSC recalled other Graco strollers and traveler systems because babies were at risk of injuring their fingers. 

For more information about this latest stroller recall, please visit the CPSC Web site. Learn more about stroller safety.

More cribs recalled, again

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

We’ve posted about cribs being recalled several times in the last few months (post 1, post 2, post 3). This time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling over 2 million cribs, both drop side and fixed side, made by 7 different companies. These cribs pose a safety risk to your baby such as falling, getting stuck or suffocating. The cribs being recalled were sold between 2000 and 2009 and were made by the following companies:

• Child Craft (now know as Foundations Worldwide): 866-614-0557 or cribsafetyinfo.com
• Delta Enterprise Corp.: 877-342-3418 or cribrecallcenter.com
• Evenflo: 800-356-2229 or safety.evenflo.com
• Jardine Enterprises: 800-295-1980 or jdservice.biz/Safety-Notices
• LaJobi: 888-738-5676 or safetyinfo.lajobi.com
• Million Dollar Baby: 888-673-6488 or themdbfamily.com/safety
• Simmons Juvenile Products Inc. (SJP): 877-342-3439 or cribrecallcenter.com

If you have a crib made by any of these companies, contact the company for a free repair kit. In the meantime, the CPSC asks that these cribs not be used until you receive the free repair kit. Visit the CPSC Web site for more information. Learn more about buying a safe crib for your baby.

Ikea blinds recalled due to child strangulation risk

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling over 3 million Ikea blinds because they pose a strangulation risk to children. Three kinds of Ikea blinds are being recalled including roller, roll-up and Roman blinds. The blinds were sold at Ikea stores nationwide from January 1998 through June 2009 for between $5 and $55.

The CPSC asks that consumers immediately stop using all Roman and roll-up blinds. The organization also urges consumers to stop using roller blinds that don’t have a tension device (which is attached to the bead chain) installed into the wall or floor. If you have difficulty installing the tension device on the roller blinds, contact IKEA at (888) 966-4532 or visit www.ikea-usa.com. The recalled blinds can be returned to any IKEA store for a full refund.

For more information, visit the CPSC Web site.

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine disagrees with CPSC about carrier slings

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) disagrees with the recent statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) about the suffocation risks posed by baby slings. According to ABM, ring slings, which carry infants in an upright position snug against the parent’s chest, protect the baby’s airway. The organization criticizes CPSC for its “blanket warning about all types of carrier slings.”

ABM also disagrees with CPSC’s advice on how to carry a baby safely. CPSC recommends positioning the infant so that the baby’s head is facing up and clear of the sling and the parent’s body. ABM says this position can be risky for a premature infant because it would not support his neck.

Dr. Arthur Eidelman of ABM recommends this position:

   * Baby’s face sideways with cheek against the chest

   * Baby’s head slightly extended

   * Baby’s body, shoulders and face snug so that the baby can’t move

The ABM Web site has the organization’s full statement about the CPSC warning. ABM is a global organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding.

If you are using a sling to carry your baby or are interested in using one, please talk to your child’s health care provider about what is best for your baby.

Toy trucks and pajama sets recalled

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling Super Rigs Play Sets because the toy trucks’ paint coating contains lead. Lead is a very strong poison that can be very harmful to children. The toys were sold between September and November 2009. Learn more about the toy truck recall.

The CPSC is also recalling Little Miss Matched Girls Pajama Sets because the clothing doesn’t meet federal children’s sleepwear flammability standards. The sleepwear can pose a risk of burn injury to kids. The pajama sets were sold in the U.S. between March 2008 and July 2009. Learn more about the pajama sets recall.

Molly and Betsy cribs recalled

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  has announced the recall of Molly and Betsy cribs made by LaJobi, Inc. The cribs have cut-outs in the end panels that can allow young children to get their heads trapped. This poses a strangulation risk.

This recall was first announced in 2001, but some of the cribs remain in use. For more information, visit the CPSC Web site. For general info on crib safety, read the March of Dimes article.