The most reliable source for information about recalls and consumer safety warnings is the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an agency whose sole mission is to protect and inform the American public about what they deem “unreasonable risks of injury or death” from consumer products. Here are the five most recently recalled baby products, as reported by the CPSC.
- Kolcraft Contours Options Three- and Four-Wheeled Strollers – Approximately 36,000 Kolcraft strollers sold in the United States and 270 sold in Canada were voluntarily recalled on June 14, 2012 due to fingertip amputation and laceration hazards posed by a faulty hinge mechanism. As of the release date, reports of three children sustaining fingertip amputations and two adults with smashed fingers or lacerations had been received by Kolcraft and CPSC.
- Evenflo Convertible High Chairs – Evenflo convertible high chairs were voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer on June 5, 2012 after eighteen reports of unexpectedly-detaching trays were received, eight of which involved children who then fell from the chair. Approximately 35,000 units were sold in the United States between December 2011 and June 2012. Consumers are instructed to contact Evenflo a replacement tray and installation instructions.
- Toys “R” Us Imaginarium Activity Center – An estimated 24,000 Imaginarium Activity Centers purchased through Toys “R” Us were recalled on May 30, 2012 due to a choking hazard posed by defective knobs that unexpectedly detach from the unit. No injuries were reported, but consumers are instructed to return the unit to any Toys “R” Us store for a full refund or store credit.
- Safety 1st Toilet and Cabinet Locks – Consumer Product Safety Commission and the distributors of Safety 1st toilet and cabinet locks issued a voluntary recall for an estimated 183,000 toilet locks and 685,000 cabinet locks due to 110 reports of toilet locks that did not perform as intended, with eight reports stating that children under the age of two were capable of breaking or disengaging the lock. An additional 278 reports of faulty cabinet locks were received, among which were 71 reports of children under five years old who were able to disengage the locks to gain access to cabinets. Consumers are instructed to contact Dorel Juvenile Group for free replacement locks of a different model, and advised to immediately secure dangerous items out of the reach of small children.
- Whoozit® Starry Time Rattle – Manhattan Group LLC, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a recall of Whoozit® Starry Night Rattles on April 26, 2012 due to choking hazards posed by potentially broken plastic spheres containing small plastic pieces. Two reports of broken rattles were received by Manhattan Group, with no reported injuries. Approximately 3,000 affected rattles were sold in the United States and 150 in Canada between September 2011 and March 2012. Consumers are instructed to immediately return the rattles to the store from which they were purchased for a full refund.
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