9.17.08: Simplicity Brand Drop Side Cribs Recalled By Various Retailers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and various retailers announced a voluntary recall of about 600,000 Simplicity Brand Drop Side Cribs. Due to sizing problems with the crib's hardware, the drop side can come off the tracks. When it detaches or partially detaches, it creates a hazardous gap, which can lead to infant entrapment and suffocation.
The cribs were manufactured in China and sold at department stores, children's stores and mass merchandisers nationwide from January 2005 through August 2008 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 return the recalled crib to the place of purchase for a refund or store credit. SFCA Inc., of Reading, Pa. is working with retailers to carry out this recall program.
For consumer contact information, model numbers, photos of the cribs, and a list of retailers recalling the cribs, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
9.3.08: Optave Inc. Recalls Action Baby Carriers Due to Fall Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Optave Inc., of Alpena, Michigan, are voluntarily recalling about 250 Action Baby Carriers because the chest strap can detach from the shoulder straps, posing a fall hazard to the baby. The recalled carriers were sold in specialty retail stores nationwide and Internet sites from May 2008 through June 2008 for between $80 and $90. Consumers should immediately stop using the carrier in the positions that require the use of the chest strap and contact Optave to receive free replacement straps (toll-free (888) 666-6459 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.actionbabycarriers.com). For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
8.29.08: Baby Hammocks Recalled by FlagHouse Inc. Due to Fall and Strangulation Hazards
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and FlagHouse Inc. are recalling about 100 Yayita Baby Hammocks because they can flip over, posing a serious fall hazard and strangulation hazard to infants who get entrapped in the seat's restraint straps while upside down. The recalled baby hammock is cream-colored canvas and hangs from a wooden pole. The hammock was sold in FlagHouse Inc.'s catalog, and online at www.flaghouse.com, and at BJ Wholesale Club's Web site, www.bjs.com, from September 2007 through August 2008 for about $90. Consumers should immediately stop using the baby hammock and contact FlagHouse to receive a full refund, or credit toward the purchase of another product. (Contact FlagHouse at (800) 793-7900 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.flaghouse.com.) For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
8.28.08: Six Retailers Agree To Stop Sale and Recall Simplicity Bassinets Due To Strangulation Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging retailers across the country to protect the health and safety of babies by stopping sale and recalling nearly 900,000 dangerous Simplicity bassinets. On August 27, 2008 CPSC warned parents, caregivers and consumers to immediately stop using convertible "close-sleeper/bedside sleeper" bassinets manufactured by Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., due to a serious safety risk. On August 28, the CPSC announced that the following retailers have voluntarily agreed to recall the product and provide a refund or store credit to consumers who return the product to the store where purchased:
• Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark. - (800) 925-6278 or www.walmart.com
• Toys "R" Us Inc., of Wayne, N.J. - (800) 869-7787 or www.toysrus.com or www.babiesrus.com
• Kmart Corp., of Hoffman Estates, Ill. - (800) 659-7026 or www.kmart.com
• Big Lots!, of Columbus, Ohio - (866) 244-5687 or www.biglots.com
• Target of Minneapolis, Minnesota sold at www.target.com only
• J.C. Penney, of Plano, Texas - (888) 333-6063 or www.jcp.com CPSC learned that on August 21, 2008, a 6 -month-old girl from Shawnee, Kansas was strangled to death when she became entrapped between the bassinet's metal bars. This is the second strangulation death CPSC has learned of in the co-sleeper bassinets. On September 29, 2007, a 4-month-old girl from Noel, Missouri. became entrapped in the metal bars of the bassinet and died.
Due to the serious hazard these bassinets pose to babies, CPSC urges all consumers to share this safety warning with day care centers, consignment stores, family and friends to ensure that no child is placed to sleep in a Simplicity convertible bassinet covered by this warning.
For additional retailers recalling the product, and further information, visit the CPSC.
8.28.08: Regal Lager Recalls to Repair Phil & Teds Strollers Due to Laceration Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Regal Lager announced a voluntary recall of Phil & Teds e3 Single Buggy, e3 Twin Buggy and sport v1 Single Buggy Strollers (an additional 425 e3 Twin Buggy Strollers were recalled on May 5, 2006).The stroller's hinge locking mechanism poses a laceration hazard to the user folding and unfolding the strollers. Regal Lager has received nine reports from consumers who injured their fingers in the stroller's hinge locking mechanism.
The strollers were manufactured in China and sold at baby furniture and baby products stores nationwide from August 2003 through August 2008 for between $400 and $650.
Consumers should stop using the strollers immediately and contact Regal Lager to obtain a free hinge cover repair kit and instructions. (Consumers can call Regal Lager toll-free at (877) 242-5676 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.regallager.com.)
For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission
8.26.08: Stroller Activity Bars Recalled by International Playthings Due to Choking Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and International Playthings are recalling about 10,000 Taggies™ Strollin' Along Stroller Activity Bars because the shiny material on the elephant's ear on the activity bar can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
The recall involves the Taggies™ Strollin' Along stroller activity bars. The multicolored, fabric, and plastic activity bars feature a yellow giraffe, a purple hippo and a blue elephant attached to a 12" long elliptical base with straps that attach to a stroller. The Taggies™ and Earlyears(R) logos are located on woven and satin labels sewn into the seam on the lower left front of the activity bar. The activity bars were sold at specialty toy stores nationwide and on the Internet from February 2007 through July 2008 for about $23.
Consumers should immediately stop using the activity bars and contact International Playthings for a free replacement toy. (Contact International Playthings at (800) 445-8347 or visit the company's Web site at www.intplay.com.)
For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
8.5.08: Baby Appleseed Recalls Cribs Due to Fall Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Baby Appleseed, of City of Industry, California, are recalling about 500 Davenport Cribs because the cribs fail to meet federal safety standards. The cribs' secondary mattress support, used for the lowest position, does not meet the full 26 inch minimum height in its lowest position, allowing children inside to crawl over the railing, posing a fall hazard.
The cribs were manufactured in Vietnam and sold at juvenile product stores nationwide from December 2006 through September 2007 for between $600 and $800. Consumers should stop using the recalled cribs in the third lowest position, which uses the wooden mattress support, and contact Baby Appleseed to receive a repair kit. Consumers who are currently using the crib with the metal mattress support in the top or middle positions can continue to use the crib in those positions while awaiting a repair kit.
For photos, information on model numbers, and more information about what to do if you own one of the cribs, visit the CPSC.
8.5.08: Mother Hubbard's Cupboards Recalls Cribs Due to Fall Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Mother Hubbard's Cupboards of Toronto, Canada, have recalled about 1,300 cribs because they fail to meet federal safety standards. The distance between the mattress support bracket in the lowest position and the top of the side rail in the highest position is less than the required 26 inches, posing a fall hazard to children who climb over the railing.
The cribs were manufactured in Canada and sold at Juvenile product stores from March 2006 through March 2008 for between $500 and $650.
Consumers should stop using the cribs immediately and contact Mother Hubbard's Cupboards toll-free at (888) 661-8201 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.mhcfurniture.com.
For model numbers, photos, and more information, visit the CPSC.