By: LISA R. WILSON

So far, 2009 isn’t starting out great when it comes to safe products for children. There have been a lot of products recalled, including cribs, baby garments and common household objects. The following list comprises recalls that have been announced so far this year:

Stork Craft baby cribs

About 535,000 Stork Craft baby cribs, manufactured in Canada, China and Indonesia, have been recalled due to metal mattress-support brackets cracking and breaking, causing the mattress to collapse and creating a gap where a child could get trapped and possibly suffocate. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is aware of 10 incidents of support brackets that broke, although no injuries have been reported.

The cribs were sold at J.C. Penney, Kmart, Wal-Mart and other stores around the country. They were also sold online at amazon.com, babiesrus.com, costco.com and walmart.com from May 2000 through January 2009.

For more information, call 866-361-3321, or visit http://www.storkcraft.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.

Taggies Sleep'n Play baby garments

About 16,000 Taggies Sleep'n Play baby garments, made in China, have been recalled due to snaps on the garments possibly detaching and posing a choking hazard to children. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The products were sold at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Dillards, Nordstrom and other specialty stores nationwide and Internet retailers from January 2007 through November 2008.

For more information, call 888-594-3730, or visit http://www.rashtiandrashti.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.

Roman shades by Cost Plus Inc.

About 692,400 Roman shades and roll-up blinds, manufactured in India and China and distributed by Cost Plus Inc., have been recalled due to the cords posing a strangulation hazard for children. No incidents have been reported with the blinds in this recall, but CPSC is aware of the deaths of three children involving similar styles of blinds and shades.

The shades and blinds were sold at Cost Plus and World Market stores around the country from February 2006 to August 2008.

For more information, call 877-967-5362, or visit http://www.worldmarket.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.

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