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8.6.09: Target Recalls Circo Booster Seats
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Target, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, have recalled about 43,000 Circo Booster Seats because the booster seat restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, allowing a child to fall from the chair and be injured. The booster seats were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from December 2008 through June 2009 for about $13.
Consumers should immediately stop using the booster seat and return the item to the nearest Target store to receive a full refund.For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.target.com For photos and additional information, visit the CPSC .
8.6.09: Jump ‘n Jive Doorway Jumpers Recalled by Graco
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, have recalled about 2,400 Jump ‘n Jive™ Doorway Jumpers.The recalled doorway jumpers include detachable toys that are attached to the jumper straps with strips of hook and loop fabric.The strips of fabric are not permanently attached to the toys and can become detached during use, posing a choking hazard.The jumpers were sold at Babies R Us and other children’s speciality retail stores nationwide and online from Amazon.com for about $55.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and remove and discard the detachable toys and the attaching fabric strips and call the manufacturer for a replacement set of toys. After the toys and fabric strips are removed, consumers can continue to use the jumper and interactive musical dance mat. For more information, contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.gracobaby.com For photos and additional information, visit the CPSC .
8.4.09: Baby Hammocks Recalled
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Nova Natural Toys & Crafts LLC, of Williston, Vt. have recalled about 265 Yayita Baby Hammocks because the hammock can flip over, posing a serious fall hazard and strangulation hazard to infants who become entrapped in the seat’s restraint straps while upside down.The hammocks were sold by Nova Natural online at www.novanatural.com from October 2007 through October 2008 for about $100. Consumers should immediately stop using the baby hammock and contact Nova Natural to receive a free replacement hammock. For additional information, contact Nova Natural toll-free at (877) 668-2111 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.novanatural.com.
For photos and additional information, visit the CPSC .
7.28.09: BabySwede LLC Recalls Bouncer Chairs
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and BabySwede LLC, of Cleveland, Ohio have recalled about 6,500 BabyBjörn® Babysitter Balance and BabyBjörn® Babysitter Balance Air bouncer chairs because small, sharp metal objects found in the padded area of the bouncer chair can protrude, posing a laceration hazard to children.
The recall involves the BabyBjörn’s Babysitter Balance and Babysitter Balance Air bouncers sold at baby product retailers and various mass merchants nationwide, online retailers and catalogs from September 2008 through July 2009. The Babysitter Balance sold for about $170, and the Babysitter Balance Air for about $190. Recalled models and colors can be found by visiting the CPSC.
Consumers should immediately stop using both Babysitter Balance and Babysitter Balance Air bouncer chairs and contact BabySwede LLC for instructions on how to return the recalled products for inspection and relabeling. If any metal pieces are found through inspection, the consumer will be provided with a new BabyBjörn® Babysitter Balance product. For additional information, please contact BabySwede, LLC toll-free at (866) 424-0200 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.babyswede.com
7.8.09: Kolcraft Recalls 1 Million Play Yards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. of Chicago, Illinois have recalled about 1 million Kolcraft, Carter’s, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours, Care Bear and Eric Carle Play Yards because the play yard’s side rail can fail to latch properly and when a child pushes against the rail it can unlatch unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard to children.
The firm has received 347 reports of sides of the play yard collapsing unexpectedly, resulting in 21 injuries to young children, including bumps, scrapes, bruises and one concussion. For photos and model numbers of the recalled play yards, plus additional information, visit the CPSC.
7.7.09: Pacifiers Recalled by Gromex
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Jaloma Pacifiers recalled about 700 pacifiers because the mouth guard and the ventilation holes are too small and fail to meet federal safety standards. The pacifier could pose a choking and aspiration hazard to young children.
The pacifier has a ring-shaped handle and a round-shaped mouth guard with two ventilation holes. “Jaloma” is printed on the handle side of the mouth guard and the nipple has a gel-like liquid inside. They were sold at retail stores in New Jersey and New York from February 2008 through March 2009 for about $1. Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifiers away from children and contact Gromex for a refund or exchange. For additional information, visit the CPSC or contact Gromex collect at (973) 458-9399 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
7.2.09: Aqua-Leisure Industries Recalls Inflatable Baby Floats
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Aqua-Leisure Industries, of Avon, Massachusetts recalled about 4 million inflatable baby floats because the leg straps in the seat of the float can tear, causing children to unexpectedly fall into or under the water, posing a risk of drowning. The recalled inflatable baby floats were sold at juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide, including Target, Toys “R” Us, Wal-Mart, Dollar General, Kmart, Walgreens, Ace Hardware, and Bed, Bath & Beyond from December 2002 through June 2009 for between $8 and $15.
To view photos and model numbers of the recalled floats, visit the CPSC. Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled inflatable baby floats and contact Aqua-Leisure for a full refund. (Call toll-free (866) 807-3998 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.aqualeisure.com)
Simplicity Drop Side Cribs Recalled
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Simplicity Inc. have recalled about 400,000 Simplicity Drop Side Cribs. The crib’s plastic hardware can break or deform, causing the drop side to detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Infants and toddlers can roll into this space and become entrapped which can lead to suffocation.
CPSC is aware of one death involving an 8-month-old child from Houston, Texas who became entrapped and suffocated between the drop side and the crib mattress when a plastic connector on the drop side broke. CPSC also is aware of an additional 25 incidents involving the drop side detaching from the crib. In six of these incidents, the drop side detached because the plastic flexible tab deformed or broke. In four of the drop side detachment incidents, other plastic parts, including connectors or tracks, deformed or broke. In two of the incidents, two children became entrapped between the drop side and the crib mattress. There were no reported injuries.
This recall involves all drop side cribs with a different or “newer” style of plastic hardware from those cribs recalled previously in September 2007. This newer style of Simplicity hardware can be identified by a flexible plastic tab at the top of the lower tracks. The recalled model numbers include but may not be limited to: 8050, 8325, 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8765, 8778, 8810, and 8994, 8995, 8996.
The cribs were manufactured in China and sold at department stores, children’s stores, and mass merchandisers nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for between $150 and $300.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should immediately return the crib to the place of purchase for a refund, replacement or store credit.
For more information, and to see photos of the cribs, visit the CPSC.
LaJobi Recalls Drop Side Cribs
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J. have recalled Bonavita “Hudson,” Babi Italia “Pinehurst,” and Bonavita “Cabana” Drop Side Cribs because the lower spring pins on the footboard and headboard can pop out of the tracks located on the drop side causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, it creates a hazardous gap between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become entrapped and suffocate or fall from cribs. On the “Cabana” cribs, the wooden crib slats can detach or break creating a gap, which can pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers.
The recalled cribs were sold at Babies “R” Us, Baby Basics, Beautiful Beginnings, and Buy Buy Baby stores and children’s product stores nationwide for about $300. Cribs were sold from December 2006 through May 2009.