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11.01.11 Dutailier Group Recalls Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment and Fall Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Dutailier Group Inc. announced a voluntary recall of about 440 drop-side cribs due to entrapment and fall hazards. The slats on the drop side can detach from the top and bottom rails creating a space between the slats. An infant or toddler’s body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib.
The drop-side cribs were sold at Children’s products stores and other baby specialty stores from January 2009 through February 2010 for between $425 and $775. This recall involves full-size, drop-side wooden cribs with part numbers that begin with E1230C2, E3500C2, E3540C2, E5100C2, E5140C2, E5530C2, E9000C2 and E9100C2. The Dutailier logo and the part number can be found on labels on the inside of the end panels. Click here for information and photos of the cribs included in recall.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Dutailier Group to receive a free repair kit which consists of a new fixed side to replace the drop-side of the crib. Contact the Dutailier Group toll-free at (800) 363-9817 on Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m ET, and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. ET.
10.11.11 Jogging Strollers Recalled by B.O.B. Trailers Due to Choking Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with B.O.B. Trailers Inc. announced a voluntary recall of about 411,700 in the United States and 27,000 in Canada B.O.B.® single and double strollers due to the stroller canopy's embroidered logo's backing patch can detach, posing a choking hazard to babies and young children.
The firm has received six reports of children mouthing the detached patch. Gagging and choking were reported in two incidents. The backing was removed from the children's mouth without injury. In each of the reported incidents, the children were seated in an infant car seat attached to the stroller. This recall involves all B.O.B. strollers manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010, click here for full details.
The strollers were sold at REI, Babies R' Us and other children's product and sporting goods stores nationwide and Amazon.com between November 1998 and October 2011 for between $280 and $600.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers until they remove the embroidery backing patch from the interior of the canopy's logo. Consumers should contact B.O.B. Trailers for instructions on removing the backing. For additional information, contact B.O.B. Trailers toll-free at (855) 242-2245 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.bobnotices.com.
10.05.11 Yu Wei Recalls Drop-Side Cribs Sold Exclusively at jcpenney Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Yu Wei Co. Ltd. announced a voluntary recall of about 8,000 drop-side cribs sold at jcpenney.com and in the jcpenney catalog from January 2006 through December 2010 for between $300 and $450. The drop-side rails on the crib can malfunction, detach or unexpectedly fall down, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position.
This recall involves Yu Wei full-size cribs sold under the Scroll and Lauren model names (see here).
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Yu Wei to get a free immobilizer kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, parents are encouraged to find an alternate, safe sleep environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on your child’s age.
For additional information, contact Yu Wei at (877) 806-8190 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.yuweicribrecalls.com . Consumers can also email the firm at email@example.com to order a free immobilizer kit.
08.17.11 Table-Top Clip-on Chair Recalled by phil&teds USA Due to Fall and Amputation Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with phil&teds announced a voluntary recall of about 54,000 "metoo" Clip-on Chair. Missing or worn clamp pads allow the chairs to detach from a variety of different table surfaces, posing a fall hazard. In addition, when the chair detaches, children's fingers can be caught between the bar and clamping mechanism, posing an amputation hazard. Also, user instructions for the chairs are inadequate, increasing the likelihood of consumer misuse.
The clip-on chair was sold through Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us and their online sites; philandteds.com; Amazon.com; other online retailers; and a variety of independent juvenile specialty stores from May 2006 to May 2011 for between $40 and $50.
Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact the company to receive a free repair kit and revised user instructions. Consumers who previously received a repair kit with only rubber boots should also stop using the chair and contact the company for the new repair kit.
For additional information, contact phil&teds USA at (855) 652-9019 or visit the company's website at www.philandteds.com/support.
07.28.11 Strollers Recalled by phil&teds USA Due to Risk of Injury from Brake Failure
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with phil&teds USA Inc announced a voluntary recall of about 7,500 Explorer and Hammerhead strollers. The brake mechanism on the strollers can fail, posing an injury hazard.
The strollers were sold at at philandteds.com, pishposhbaby.com, and albeebaby.com; and at Babies R Us and specialty juvenile retailers in the United States and Canada from August 2010 through June 2011 for between $475 and $500. For a list of affected serial numbers, click here.
Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact phil&teds to arrange to receive a upgraded brake assembly. Explorer owners will receive a new frame fitted with an upgraded brake assembly. Consumers can perform an in-home swap out of the affected frame. Hammerhead owners will receive a pre-paid return shipping container in order to return the stroller to phil&teds where the brake assembly will be replaced and the stroller returned.
For additional information in the U.S. and Canada, contact phil&teds USA toll free at (855) 652-9019 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at www.philandteds.com/support.
07.15.11 CPSC Announces New, Lower Limit for Lead Content in Children’s Products
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted (3-2) that there was insufficient evidence to make a determination that manufacturers of children’s products sold in the United States could not meet a total lead content limit of 100 parts per million (ppm) for a product or product category. The new total lead content limit, which is called for in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), goes into effect on August 14, 2011 for manufacturers, importers, retailers and distributors of children’s products.
Through the CPSIA, Congress set tough new levels for lead content in products designed or primarily intended for children 12 and younger. Lead is a heavy metal that is toxic for children, and associated with lowered levels of learning, impaired hearing, brain damage and, at high levels, can be fatal. Read more...
Consumers will see a new generation of safer cribs for sale at local and national retail stores. Safer cribs will mean a safer sleep for babies across the country. On December 15, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve new mandatory crib standards, establishing the most stringent crib safety standards in the world. Starting today, all importers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers must offer only cribs that meet the CPSC's new and improved full-size and non-full-size crib standards.
Some of the new mandatory rules for cribs include: (1) stopping the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs; (2) strengthening mattress supports and crib slats; (3) requiring crib hardware to be more durable; and (4) making safety testing more rigorous. Read More...