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5.1.10 Children’s Tylenol and Other Drugs Recalled
Check your medicine cabinet, parents! More than 40 over-the-counter infants' and children's liquid medications are being recalled in the U.S. and 11 other countries because they did not meet required quality standards, The New York Times reports.
Parents are advised to stop using infants' and children's Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl products. (Click here for a complete list of the recalled products.)
The Johnson & Johnson unit, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, says that some products may have a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified on the medicine bottle; others may contain particles; while others may have inactive ingredients that do not meet testing standards. All of these factors prompted the voluntary recall, officials were quoted in the NYT's story.
So far, McNeil said no adverse health effects have been reported, but the company asks parents and caregivers to report any suspected cases to the Food and Drug Administration's MedWatch Program.
McNeil has also set up a hotline (888-222-6036) to answer customer questions and concerns. The company's dedicated recall website also has instructions on how to safely dispose of the medication; plus a request form for you to be contacted (via e-mail or return phone call) if you would like to get a refund.
4.29.10 Simplicity Cribs Recalled by Retailers; Mattress-Support Collapse Can Cause Suffocation and Strangulation
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of all Simplicity full-size cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. The recall includes fixed-side and drop-side cribs.
These cribs pose a risk of serious injury or death due to entrapment, strangulation, suffocation and fall hazards to infants and toddlers. The crib's tubular metal mattress-support frame can bend or detach and cause part of the mattress to collapse, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged, entrapped or fall out of the crib.
Due to the fact that Simplicity and its successor, SFCA Inc., are no longer in business, CPSC has limited information about the number of cribs sold. All Simplicity drop-side cribs have previously been recalled for a hazard involving the drop side. This recall involves all Simplicity cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames, which include but are not limited to the following models: click here to view on the CPSC's website.
The recalled cribs were sold at Walmart, Target, Babies R Us and other stores nationwide for between $150 and $300. Consumers should contact the store where the crib was purchased to receive a refund, replacement crib or store credit. To find more information about this recall visit, cpsc.gov.
4.29.10 217, 000 Graco-Branded Drop Side Cribs Made by LaJobi Recalled Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with LaJobi has issued a voluntary recall of 217,000 Graco®-branded drop side cribs made by LaJobi. The drop side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.
CPSC and LaJobi have received a total of 99 reports of drop side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop side detachment. There were two incidents in which children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side. Both children were freed by their caregivers. There were six reports of children falling due to drop side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.
The crib were sold at children's product stores and other retailers nationwide from February 2007 to March 2010 for between $140 and $200. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact LaJobi to receive a free hardware retrofit kit that will immobilize the drop side. CPSC urges parents and caregivers to find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby.
To view a full list with photos of the crib involved in the recall visit CPSC's website, For additional information, contact LaJobi toll-free at (888) 842-2215 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.LaJobi.com
3.25.10 1 Million Infantino Recalls to Replace SlingRider Baby Slings
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), in cooperation with Infantino LLC, of San Diego, Calif. are announcing a free replacement program for the Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” infant slings. One million of these infant slings are being recalled in the United States and 15,000 are being recalled in Canada. CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using these slings for infants younger than four months of age due to a risk of suffocation and contact Infantino for a free replacement product.
Infantino LLC sold the slings in the United States and Canada from January 2003 through March 2010 at Walmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Babies “R” Us, BJ’s Wholesale, various baby and children’s stores and other retailers nationwide, and on the Web at Amazon.com, for between $25 and $30.
Consumers should stop using the recalled slings immediately and contact Infantino to receive a free replacement product, with a choice of a Wrap & Tie infant carrier, or a 2 in 1 Shopping Cart Cover, or a 3 in 1 Grow & Play Activity Gym. A Jittery Pals Rattle will also be provided. Contact Infantino toll-free at (866) 860-1361 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.infantino.com.