Hopefully every parent and childcare provider is aware of the most massive recall of any baby item in the history of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Starting in 2009, an estimated 10 million drop-side cribs were recalled from the US market, daycare facilities, and home nurseries. And the CPSC was not fooling around — they wanted every drop-side crib in the country completely destroyed. In fact, “crushed” was the word they so eloquently chose to describe the method of disposal they encouraged. Subsequently, a law was passed making it illegal to resell — or even give away — a secondhand drop-side crib.
So while you may have heard about that infamous recall, there are hundreds more that take place every year which most likely fly under your parental radar. Here are ten from just the first half of this year that bear mentioning due to their size and scope, with links to additional information about what to do if you own one of these products. Of course you can always call your local USA Baby for the very latest information, questions, advice, and safe product replacement options — even though it’s unlikely you purchased your recalled item from a USA Baby.
1. Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) Infant Car Seat / Child Restraint System
On April 5, 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a recall due to this product’s potential to cause injury. It was sold new beginning in May 2011.
Assuming your car seat has not been recalled, it’s still a great idea to read about the ten most common and dangerous car seat safety mistakes parents and caregivers make: Part 1 and Part 2. And for a review of a safe, versatile and reliable car seat/child restraint system, read more here.
2. Kelty Single and Double Jogging Strollers
On February 23, 2012, the CPSC recalled the Kelty Single and Double Jogging Strollers due to reports of severe injuries caused by children falling out. This product sold new starting in early 2010 for $375 to $475. About 3,000 units are involved in this recall.
Are you looking for advice on selecting a safe, durable exercise/jog stroller that matches your specific needs? Check out this post.
3. IKEA ANTILOP High Chairs
On January 5, 2012, the CPSC announced a recall of IKEA’s ANTILOP High Chairs due to injuries from falls. This high chair sold new beginning in August 2006 for about $20. Approximately 100,000 units are being recalled.
Take a peek at this highchair blog for an introduction to a number of super-cool high chairs and hook-on seats — each recommended by USA Baby for their safety ratings and innovative design features.
4. Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks
On March 22, 2012, the CPSC recalled close to ONE MILLION Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks due to risk of injury. This product sold new beginning in January 2004 and instances of severe injuries have been reported.
5. Kolcraft Contours Options Three-wheeled and Four-wheeled Strollers
On June 14, 2012, the CPSC announced a recall of these strollers due to potential amputation and laceration hazards. (YIKES!) This product sold new beginning in January 2006 for about $150. Approximately 40,000 units are being recalled due to reports of severe injuries.
There’s no denying that travel systems are an extremely convenient way to move your baby from car seat to stroller to store and back into your home again without interrupting a nap. Read about the safest models to consider in this buying guide.
6. Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps
On March 7, 201, the CPSC recalled approximately 300,000 Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps due to a risk of fire and the potential for severe burns to children. This product sold new beginning in June 2010 for about $15. Fires and property damage have been reported.
7. Kolcraft Tender Vibes & Light Vibes bassinets
On May 9, 2012, the CPSC announced a recall of Kolcraft Tender Vibes & Light Vibes bassinets due to a potential fall hazard. This product sold new beginning in July 2008 for between $50 and $100. About 50,000 units are involved in this recall and instances of injuries have been reported.
Do you have an old or recalled crib or bassinet that can’t legally be sold or handed down? Read ”Clever Ideas to Repurpose or “Upcycle” an Old Crib or Bassinet” to learn fun, crafty ways to keep your unusable furniture useful and beautiful.
8. Tots in Mind Play Yard Tents and Tots in Mind Crib Tents
On April 16, 2012, the CPSC recalled about 400,000 Tots in Mind Play Yard Tents and Crib Tents due to a potential for entrapment and strangulation. These products sold new for approximately $60 to $85. Severe injuries have been reported.
Are you looking for a safe alternative for home, camping, or visiting overnight or during nap time? Read this post about camping with your baby for many wonderful ideas about ways to conveniently and safely care for your infant or toddler anytime you’re away from home.
9. Bumbleride Indie & Indie Twin Strollers
On February 3, 2012, the CPSC announced a recall of about 30,000 Bumbleride Indie & Indie Twin Strollers due to a potential falling hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2009 for about $500 to $700. Instances of injuries have been reported.
10. Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” infant slings
On March 6, 2012, the CPSC expanded the existing recall of Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” infant slings due to the potential for suffocation. This product sold new beginning in January 2003 for between $25 and $30. It was originally recalled on March 24, 2010.
There are many ways to safely wear your baby with comfort and confidence — explaining why babywearing is a trend that’s continuing its growth spurt. To learn about the safest styles and brands of wraps and front carriers recommended by USA Baby, check out this post all about safely wearing your baby.
USA Baby understands how difficult it is to keep up with the constant stream of important information regarding the recall of baby products. But it’s our business to know! So we regularly review our product selection to be certain we’re selling only products compliant with the latest CSPC standards. Call or visit your nearest USA Baby where the highly-trained, professional, friendly staff will be happy to help.