Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
Read more »
12.23.08: Munire Recalls "Newport Rubbed Black" Cribs and Matching Furniture Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Munire Furniture Inc, of Piscataway, N.J., announced a voluntary recall of about 3,000 cribs and 6,000 matching furniture pieces because the red paint which is underneath the black finish paint on some of the cribs and matching furniture exceeds federal lead limits. If ingested by young children, lead can cause adverse health effects. Munire has received one report of a child ingesting the paint. The child was diagnosed with lead poisoning. The recalled cribs and furniture are made of wood and have a rubbed black finish. Only the "Newport Rubbed Black" cribs and matching furniture manufactured in Indonesia between April 2006 and November 2008 are included in this recall. For more information on model numbers included in the recall, visit the CPSC
12.18.08: Evenflo Recalls Majestic™ High Chairs Due to Fall and Choking Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Evenflo Company Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio, announced a voluntary recall of about 95,000 Evenflo Majestic™ High Chairs because the plastic caps and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, posing both fall and choking hazards to children. Plastic caps and screws that become loose and fall out can cause the seatback to suddenly fall back or detach from the high chair. Children can fall out or collide with objects and suffer broken bones, abrasions, cuts and bruises. Detached plastic caps and metal screws also pose a choking hazard to children. Evenflo has received 140 reports of seatbacks reclining, falling back and/or detaching unexpectedly, which resulted in at least 47 reports of bumps and bruises to the head, two reports of broken bones, and at least 45 reports of other injuries including abrasions, cuts, and bruises. Evenflo has received more than 1,000 reports of plastic caps and screws falling out of the high chairs, including seven incidents in which caps and screws were found in children's hands or mouths but were removed before choking occurred. The high chairs were manufactured in China and sold at juvenile product and mass merchandise stores nationwide, including Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory and Shopko, and on-line at walmart.com from January 2006 through May 2007 for between $80 and $110. For model numbers and more information on what to do if you own one of the high chairs, visit the CPSC.
12.17.08: Regal Lager Recall to Replace Phil & Teds Strollers Due to Fall Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Regal Lager Inc., of Kennesaw, Ga., announced a voluntary recall of about 1,600 Phil & Teds Dash Buggy Strollers because the frame handle could fail to latch properly and break, posing a fall hazard to small children. For additional information, visit the CPSC.
11.25.08: JCPenney Recalls Arizona® Newborn and Infant Pants Due to Choking Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with J.C. Penney Corporation, announced a voluntary recall of Arizona® Newborn and Infant Denim Pants because the metal snap at the waist can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants.
The pants, sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-9 months, were sold exclusively at JCPenney stores nationwide and at www.jcp.com from July 2008 through October 2008 for about $15. Only those pants made in Bangladesh are affected; pants made in China are not included in the recall. The country of origin is located on a label sewn into the waistband.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pants and return them to any JCPenney store for a full refund. Pants purchased through the firm's Web site may be returned to the Catalog Desk at any JCPenney store.
For more information, contact JCPenney toll-free at (888) 333-6063 anytime or visit JCPenney's Web site at www.jcp.com.
10.21.08: Infant death prompts recall to repair 985,000 Delta Enterprise Drop Side Cribs
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, New York., announced a voluntary recall to replace missing safety pegs involving 985,000 drop side cribs. Failure to use or install safety pegs can cause an entrapment and suffocation risk to infants and toddlers.
When the safety pegs in the base of each leg of the crib are missing from the lower track, the crib locks can disengage and detach if lowered below the peg hole, creating a hazardous gap. This gap can lead to the entrapment and suffocation of an infant or toddler.
CPSC staff is aware of a death of an 8-month-old child who became entrapped and suffocated when the drop side of the crib detached in a reassembled crib where the safety pegs were not installed. CPSC is also aware of two entrapments and nine disengagement incidents in cribs where the safety pegs were missing.
The cribs, which were made in Taiwan and Indonesia, were sold at major retailers, including Walmart, Kmart and Target.com from January 1995 through September 2007 for about $100. These cribs have also been found to be sold secondhand. Cribs currently sold at retail are not involved.
CPSC and Delta urge parents and caregivers to immediately stop using cribs that are missing a safety peg on any leg of the crib and contact Delta to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to find a safe, alternative sleep environment for their child if their recalled crib is missing safety pegs.
For more information on the recall and what to do if you own one of the cribs, visit the CPSC.
10.16.08: Infant death prompts recall of convertible cribs by Playkids USA.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Playkids U.S.A. of Brooklyn, N.Y. announced a voluntary recall of about 2,000 convertible cribs. The sides of the convertible crib are made of a mesh that expands, creating a gap between the mattress and the side through which an infant can slip. This poses suffocation and entrapment hazards for young children.
CPSC is aware of the death of a 5-month-old child on August 31, 2008 in Brooklyn, N.Y. The child became entrapped between the mattress and the stationary side rail of the convertible crib and suffocated.
This recall involves the Playkids U.S.A. convertible crib/playpen/bassinet/bed with model number PLK-909. "Playkids U.S.A." can be found on the packaging and on a label sewn into the side of the crib. The model number can be found on the packaging. The convertible cribs have a drop side rail, a stationary side rail, a canopy assembly, and a bassinet. The sides of the convertible crib, the mattress support, the bassinet, the canopy and the bedskirt are covered in fabric and mesh. The fabric and the mesh come in a variety of colors and patterns.
The convertible cribs, which were made in China, were sold in juvenile product retailers in New York from March 2007 through September 2008 for about $100.
Consumers should stop using the recalled convertible cribs immediately and contact Playkids USA to receive a full refund.
For additional information, consumers should contact Playkids USA collect at (718) 797-0302 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. For more information, see the CPSC.
10.16.08: My Way Corp. Recalls Baby Walkers Due to Stairway Fall Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and My Way Corp., of San Juan, Puerto Rico announced a voluntary recall of about 800 Baby Walkers because they can fit through a standard doorway and are not designed to stop at the edge of a step. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed. Consumers should stop using these walkers immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.
For more information on the recall, and to see photos of the product, visit the CPSC.