The Consumer Products Safety Commission has enacted standards to protect consumers from potentially dangerous and defective products. Every year, a number of children’s products fail national safety standards. Below, we’ve listed several products that have been recalled in the past three months in order to help you protect your family from dangerous highchairs, car seats, strollers, toys, and more. If you or your child has been injured due to a defective product, contact one of our product liability attorneys at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A.
A. Car Seats:
Britax has announced a voluntary recall of some convertible car seats because the softer material used on the HUGS pads can be easily chewed and bitten, which poses a choking hazard. The HUGS pads are designed to reduce forward movement in a crash, reducing the risk of injury. The recalled car seats were manufactured with a more pliable material to increase comfort and seat performance. In the U.S., the Boulevard 70-G3, Pavilion 70-G3 and Advocate 70-G3 convertible car seats manufactured between June 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012 with the following model numbers are included in the recall: E9LJ91A, E9LJ91M, E9LJ91S, E9LJ92E, E9LJ93P, E9LJ93S, E9LK91A, E9LK31A, E9LK31Q, E9LK32D, E9LK32Z, E9LK33Q, E9LL11A, E9LL11Q, E9LL12D, E9LL12Z, E9LG81A, E9LG83N, E9LG83P, E9LG83X, E9LG83Y, E9LL21A, E9LL23P, E9LL23Y. If you’ve registered your car seat already, you should receive a repair kit if your seat requires one. If you have not registered your car seat or you have questions about whether or not your seat is recalled, visit britaxconvertiblerecall.com for a registration form and contact information. You can still use your Britax convertible car seat while you wait for the repair kit. If you’re concerned that your child may chew on the HUGS pads, you can remove them until you receive the new pads in the repair kit. However, Britax strongly recommends that you put the new HUGS pads on the seat as soon as you receive them.
B. Infant Sleepers and Swings
About 97,000 Eddie Bauer brand rocking wood bassinets from Dorel Juvenile Group are recalled because the bottom locking assembly can fail to lock if a spring is installed incorrectly. This could allow the bassinet to tilt, and an infant inside can roll against the side of the bassinet, which poses a suffocation hazard. Seventeen incidents have been reported where the bassinet tilted to the side. Two incidents resulted in reports of babies having breathing difficulties after rolling into the side of the bassinet. To determine if your bassinet is recalled, you’ll need to locate a model number label on the underside of the mattress, on top of the mattress support, or on the care label. Models 10632, 10639, 10832, 10835, 10839 and BT021 are included in the recall. If you own one of these recalled bassinets, you should stop using it immediately. Call Dorel Juvenile Group at 877-416-0165 to receive a repair kit.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 560 Happy Swing II infant swings due to strangulation hazards. The recall is in cooperation with Dream on Me, Inc. of South Plainfield, the company that imported the product from China. Owners of the Happy Swing II should immediately stop using the product and contact Dream On Me, Inc. for instructions on receiving a free replacement. Consumers will also have the option of replacing the swing with a walker. Contact Dream On Me toll-free at 877-201-4317 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. eastern standard time Monday through Friday, or visit the Dream On Me’s website. According to the CPSC, the fabric infant swing is being recalled because “the opening between the tray and seat or the grab bar and seat can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck, posing a strangulation hazard to young children if the belt is not engaged.” The model/style number involved in the recall is “432” which is printed on a label on the frame of the swing. The fabric swing sits on a triangular frame and is battery operated. This swing was sold at juvenile products stores and CSN stores nationwide and online at Wayfair and Amazon.com from October 2010 through September 2012.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with KidCo Inc., of Libertyville, IL, is announcing the voluntary recall today of about 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds. Infants and young children can roll off the edge of the inflatable air mattress, become entrapped between the mattress and the fabric sides of the tent, and suffocate. CPSC is aware of a death of a 5-month-old boy in December 2011 in New York, New York, who was found with his face pressed against the side wall of the tent. The cause of death was not determined. In addition, CPSC is aware of six reports and Health Canada is aware of three reports of children who became entrapped or experienced physical distress in the product. Two of the six reports included infants who were found crying underneath the mattress that had not been inserted into the zippered pocket on the bottom of the tent. The KidCo PeaPod Travel Beds and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds are small, portable sleep tents marketed for use by infants from birth to 3+ years, depending on the model. The tents have a zippered side for putting in and taking out the child and have an inflatable air mattress that fits into a zippered pocket underneath the floor of the tent. The tents fold into a compact round shape and come with a fabric bag for storage and transport. The following models and corresponding tent fabric colors are included in this recall: P100 Teal, P101 Red, P102 Lime, P103 Periwinkle, P104 Ocean, P201 Princess/Red, P202 Camoflage, P203 Quick Silver, P204 Sagebrush, P205 Cardinal.
C. High Chairs
The Bistro High Chair is being recalled, the CPSC said, because “the front openings between the tray and seat bottom and on the side openings of the high chair between the armrest and seat bottom can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck. This poses a strangulation hazard to young children if the belt is not engaged. In addition, exposed springs between the seat and armrest on both sides of the high chair can create a pinch hazard to the child.” The recall involves all Dream on Me Bistro high chairs with model/style number “255” which is printed on a tag attached to the back of the seat that were manufactured in July 2011– a date code is printed on a label on the back of the chair. The chairs were sold at Americas Kids, Kid Pro USA and independent juvenile specialty stores and online at Toysrus.com between November 2011 and September 2012. The Dream on Me Bistro lacks a “passive crotch restraint,” essentially a fixed post that sits between the child’s legs to prevent him from slipping under the tray and either falling or getting his head caught between the tray and seat, which can result in strangulation. The Dream on Me Bistro has a five-point belt harness that can be buckled to hold a child in place, but it doesn’t have the fixed post that the standard specifies. The Dream on Me Bistro also failed our tests based on the ASTM standard’s “side containment” requirement, because it has openings between the chair arms and seat that are large enough for a child’s leg or torso to slip through, also posing a risk of injury.
A safety warning for nearly 90,000 Graco Classic Wood Highchairs has been issued by U.S. and Canadian safety agencies today. The high chairs from Graco have seats that may become detached from the wooden base and present a fall hazard to infants, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Consumer Reports’ experts test dozens of models of baby high chairs every year. As part of its evaluation for inclusion into our High chair Ratings (available to subscribers), testers check if they meet the voluntary safety standards of ASTM International (formerly American Society for Testing and Materials). But since these standards are not mandatory, the consumer report experts say consumers shopping for a baby high chair should “Push contenders around to see how well they hold their ground. A chair should feel stable and sturdy, not wobbly. Look for a high chair with a wide base for stability.” Graco has received 58 reports of seats loosening or detaching from the base of its Classic Wood Highchairs. Nine incidents of children falling as the seat detached from the base have been reported, including one report of an infant receiving a concussion in Canada. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled high chairs and contact Graco toll-free at 800-345-4109 for a free repair kit. The recall affects all Graco brand Classic Wood Highchairs with model numbers 3C00BPN, 3C00BPN TC, 3C00CHY, 3C00CHY TC, 3C00CPO or 3C00CPO TC printed on a label on the underside of the seat assembly. The Graco high chairs were sold at Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory and other retail stores nationwide and at Target.com and Walmart.com and other online retailers between September 2007 and December 2010 for about $130.
D. Home Decor
A recall of nearly 500,000 window blinds from Blind Xpress in Linovia, Mich., has been issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The horizontal and custom-made vertical blinds have cords that can strangle young children, warns the federal agency. As with previous recalls of window blinds. the Blind Xpress models have adjustment cords that might entangle unsupervised children. Consumer-safety groups, such as Consumer Reports, and industry associations, including the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC), have for years warned about the strangulation hazard in window blinds. The WCSC has information on basic cord safety and offers a free repair kit to modify hazardous blinds such as those from Blind Xpress.
Read our blog post on Stroller Injuries here.