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1.13.09: Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall of Window Blinds Sold at Cost Plus and World Market Stores
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Cost Plus Inc., of Oakland, California have announced a voluntary recall of about 692,300 Roman Shades and Roll-up Blinds. The Roman Shades have a looped pull cord and exposed inner cords on the back of the shade. Looped pull cords and exposed inner cords on roman shades present a strangulation hazard. The Roll-up Blinds have a looped pull cord and two lifting cord loops that run around the bottom rail. Looped pull cords and exposed lifting loops on roll-up blinds present a strangulation hazard to young children. The products were manufactured in India and China and sold at Cost Plus and World Market stores nationwide from February 2006 through August 2008 for between $25 and $60. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled window blinds/shades and return the product to any Cost Plus/World Market store to obtain a full refund. For additional information, contact Cost Plus toll-free at (877) 967-5362 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET daily, or visit the firm's Web site at www.worldmarket.com. For photos and more information on the recall, visit the CPSC.
1.13.09: Stork Craft Recalls More Than 500,000 Cribs; Mattress Support Bracket Failures Create Risk of Entrapment and Suffocation
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, announced a voluntary recall of about 535,000 Stork Craft Baby Cribs because the metal support brackets used to support the crib mattress and mattress board can crack and break. When one or more support brackets break, the mattress can collapse and create a dangerous gap between the mattress and crib rails, in which a child can become entrapped and suffocate. All cribs with manufacturing and distribution dates between May 2000 and November 2008 are included in this recall. The cribs were sold in various styles and finishes. The manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the firm's name, address, and contact information are located on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. The firm's insignia "storkcraft baby" is inscribed on the drop side teething rail of some cribs. The cribs were manufactured in Canada, China and Indonesia and sold at retailers including J.C. Penney, Kmart and Walmart stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Sears.com and Walmart.com from May 2000 through January 2009 for between $100 and $400. CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should contact Stork Craft to receive a free replacement kit, with new mattress support brackets.(Call toll-free at (866) 361-3321 anytime to order the free replacement kit or log on to www.storkcraft.com) For more information on the recall, including photos, visit the CPSC.
1.15.09: Fisher-Price Recalls Simplicity's Rainforest(TM) Portable Play Yards Due to Fall and Entrapment Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of above 200,000 Rainforest(TM) Portable Play Yards manufactured by Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc.
One or more rails can collapse unexpectedly, posing a fall or entrapment hazard to young children.
Due to Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc. being unresponsive to consumers via their Hotline and Web site, a significant number of complaints were recently reported. There have been at least 1,350 reports of one or more rails collapsing. There were numerous reports of children receiving bumps and bruises when the side rail collapsed. There were five reports of injuries which included a broken nose, a broken wrist, a mild concussion, a cut to the hand which required stitches, and a chipped tooth.
The play yards were manufactured in China and sold at retailers and specialty children's stores nationwide from January 2007 through January 2009 for about $100. The recalled play yards are portable and were sold with a bassinet, changing table, and mobile features. The products have a Rainforest(TM) patterned fabric, Rainforest themed artwork and bear the "Fisher-Price" logo. The Simplicity Inc. model numbers are 5310 RNF, 5310RNFC, 5310RNFT and 5310RNFW. The model number is located on a sticker on one of the legs underneath the play yard.
Consumers should stop using the play yards immediately. Although it did not manufacture or sell the play yards, Fisher-Price has voluntarily agreed to assist consumers who own the products. Consumers who own one of the recalled play yards with the Fisher-Price logo should contact Fisher-Price to obtain assistance to replace their play yards.(Contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 anytime or visit the Web site at http://www.service.mattel.com).
For more information on the recall, including photos, visit the CPSC.
1.6.09: Jardine Expands Recall of Cribs Sold by Babies"R"Us
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Jardine Cribs, announced a voluntary recall of about 56,450 cribs (320,000 units were previously recalled in June 2008) because the wooden crib slats can break, creating a gap, which can pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers. CPSC has received 19 additional incidents of crib slats breaking. In nine of these incidents, consumers reported that their infant or toddler broke the slat while in the crib. In addition, a 22-month-old child fell through the gap between the crib slats when a slat broke. No injuries have been reported. For more information, and to see photos and model numbers of the cribs being recalled, visit the CPSC