It is something that parents often fear. The possibility of a child getting into the medicine cabinet and being able to open medication packaging is a terrifying thought. The packaging of such products has improved dramatically over the years. Child resistant caps and tougher blister pack backing has improved safety. Trans World News is reporting that the Proctor and Gamble Company has just issued a voluntary product recall of Vicks DayQuil Cold & Flu 24 packs.
It is not something that we often think of as potentially threatening, but clothing can be added to the seemingly endless list of possible threats to children. According to a story on the New York Injury News, a certain style of hooded flannel and fleece sweatshirts sold exclusively through Burlington Coat Factoryhas recently been recalled. The shirts in question have been shown to present a strangulation hazard, though there have been no reports of injury thus far. The drawstring on the hoodie is at the root of the voluntary product recall.
In a story that is reminiscent of two years ago, just in time for the holidays, there is a new report of toxic toys on the market. MSNBC is reporting that some toys carrying the Barbie and Disney logos have been found to have high levels of lead. The Center for Environmental Health, a consumer advocacy group, ran tests on approximately 250 toys and found that seven of them violated federal standards for lead levels. These findings are extremely concerning as higher concentrations of lead can cause permanent brain damage.
If you are a parent there are so many household dangers to be aware of, especially when you have small children. One such hazard to be conscious of is an all encompassing, voluntary recall of Roman shades and roll-up blinds that has just been issued due to their involvement in several deaths and injuries of children over the past few years. These products carry with them a product liability due to the risk of strangulation because of their easily accessible cords. This is a fairly wide reaching threat as, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission press release, approximately 5 million Roman shades and 3 million roll-up blinds are sold every year.
As with every year, this year there is another hot toy on the market that all of the kids (and their parents) are desperate to get their hands on. This year’s most coveted toy is the Zhu Zhu pet. These robotic hamsters, which simulate many activities of the real pet, have been become enormously popular and have been flying off the shelves. Recently though, according to an Associated Press story, consumer group, GoodGuide, ran safety tests on the popular product and found it to have unsafe levels of the dangerous metal antimony. In one of the models known as “Mr. Squiggles”, the levels of 93 parts per million found in the toy’s fur and 106 parts per million in its nose were well above the permissible level of 60 parts per million.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada.
CPSC, Health Canada, and Stork Craft are aware of 67 drop-side detachment incidents occurred in the United States and 43 in Canada. The incidents include 12 entrapments in the U.S. and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation: a 7 month old in Gouverneur, N.Y.; a 7 month old in New Iberia, La.; a 6 month old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9 month old in Bronx, N.Y. Included in these incidents are 12 falls from cribs in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Fall injuries ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips; stripped screws and/or drop-sides installed upside-down.
About a million Maclaren strollers sold by Target and Babies "R" Us were recalled Monday, after 12 reports of children having their fingertips amputated by a hinge mechanism.
Procter & Gamble is recalling Vicks Sinex nasal spray in the United States, Britain and Germany after finding it contained bacteria. The company said it announced the voluntary recall after finding the bacteria in a small amount of product made at a plant in Germany.