The following consumer products have been recalled within the past few weeks. Please keep in mind that while meant to be informative, this list is not exhaustive. The products and announcements deal with products relating to, and marketed for use by children.
As a general matter, consumers should immediately stop using recalled products, and contact the store of purchase or manufacturer for further information regarding a refund or replacement product.
Follow the links for further information about the individual recalls listed below.
- Downeast Concepts, dba Backyard and Beyond, announced the recall of about About 15,400 of its Children's Beach Chairs, due to the chairs having exposed sharp metal rivets, presenting a potential laceration hazard. One little girl fell onto the chair, and ended up hitting her forehead and having to have stitches.
- Kolcraft announced the recall of about 5,600 of its Contours Tandem strollers due to falling and choking hazards. The front wheel assembly can break, posing a fall hazard to the child in the stroller. In addition, for strollers manufactured in January and February 2012, the nuts that hold the stroller's basket support screws in place can detach. Detached nuts can pose a choking hazard to young children. Kolcraft has received six reports of front caster wheels breaking and two reports of the basket's support screws and nuts detaching. No injuries have been reported.
- Peg Perego is announcing a voluntary recall of about 223,000 strollers due to a risk of entrapment and strangulation. A serious risk of entrapment and strangulation is presented when a child is not harnessed. Incredibly upsettingly, a 6-month-old baby boydied of strangulation after his head was trapped between the seat and the tray of his Peg Perego stroller in 2004. Another baby, a 7-month-old girl nearly strangled when her head became trapped between the seat and the tray of her stroller in 2006.
Additionally, the Consumer Product and Safety Commission often releases updates and other information regarding recently undertaken safety initiatives. The following are a few of the most relevant recent CPSC news releases regarding children:
- CPSC filed administrative complaint against Maxfield & Oberton Holdings LLC, of New York, N.Y., alleging that Buckyballs and Buckycubes contain a defect in the design, packaging, warnings, and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury to the public. The products are highly attractive magnets that have resulted in internal damage requiring surgery in many children, and have resulted in recalls. This type of legal action against a company is rare, as this is only the second administrative complaint filed by CPSC in the past 11 years. You can find additional information regarding the relevant products here.
- Burlington Coat Factory has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1,500,000 as a result of a settlement with the CPSC regarding allegations that from 2003 to 2010, Burlington knowingly failed to report immediately to CPSC, as required by federal law, that it had sold many different children's sweatshirts and jackets with drawstrings at the neck. The drawstrings present a strangulation hazard, including serious injury or death. The penalty is the highest that CPSC has ever assessed for violations involving children's upper outerwear with drawstrings. You can read more here.
- New information released by the CPSC shows that 90 children younger than 15 were reported to have drowned in swimming pools since Memorial Day. Additionally, according to media reports, an additional 106 children of that age required emergency response for near-drowning incidents. You can learn more here.
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