ALERT: Stork Craft Recalls more than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 24th, 2009

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.


Medical equipment could cause breathing issues

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 11th, 2009

The FDA has recalled a medical device, a pediatric-sized tracheal tube. (Check here for pictures of tracheal tubes) In some situations the tube is smaller than the packaging indicates. This can make it difficult for technicians and medical personnel to remove it without causing diffculty in breathing for children. This increases the possibility for injury or death.

Would you use a refurbished car seat?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 8th, 2009

It’s not just based on how old your child is or their weight. Did you know that a car seat may need to be replaced after an accident? But, not all accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you should consider the level of a crash to determine if the seat needs to be replaced or not.

If it is a moderate or severe crash, the seat should be replaced. If it is a minor crash, the seat does not need to be replaced. Here is how the NHTSA defines a minor crash and what to look for.

Update: Jardine Baby Crib Recall

Submitted by Anonymous on May 13th, 2009

The Jardine Baby Crib recall, announced on April 30, 2009 and covered previously in this blog, has consumers fuming. This latest post from the Consumerist, a social resource for all consumer woes, highlights the arcane, unusual, and backward practices involved with crib recall procedures. (It also includes one of the cuter baby pictures I've seen.)
Other consumers are disgruntled as well: this is the second recall of these cribs and many customers are noting that Jardine is requiring customers to ship the crib back to the company (via FedEx) and THEN receive a voucher for a new crib. Screws and all. Disassembling a crib is just as difficult and confusing as the original assembly was; keeping all the screws in the process, while watching the baby who used to sleep in the crib, is, by many accounts, impossible. Not to mention a child without a bed while waiting each day for the mail to be delivered.
We find this unacceptable. Product safety, especially when children are involved, is of paramount importance, and the recall process should be efficient, predictable, and easy. Requiring this much effort on the part of customers is silly, if not dangerous. Shame to Jardine and to any other retailer who complicate this necessary process!

Baby Bassinets by Simplicity Inc a Death Trap?

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Baby Bassinet Deaths

Bassinets manufactured by a Pennsylvania company have resulted in two deaths by strangulation. The "close-sleeper/bedside sleeper" bassinets, made by Simplicity Inc. of Reading, Pa pose a threat to the safety of any child who may be sleeping in them.

Apparently, they allow young children to slip through the product and strangle themselves, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The problem lies with Simplicity Inc.'s 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets, which contain metal bars that are spaced out farther than the government standards allow.

RECALL: Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers - Infant Injury Risk

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in cooperation with Evenflo Company Inc., announced a recall of Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers

Units: About 450,000

Manufacturer: Evenflo Company Inc., of Vandalia, Ohio

Hazard: When used as an infant carrier, the handle can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to rotate forward. When this happens, an infant inside the carrier can fall to the ground and suffer serious injuries.

Gerber Baby Food Recall - Choking Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Gerber baby food manufacturers has voluntarily recalled thousands of boxes of Organic Whole Grain Rice and Organic Whole Grain Oatmeal cereals because they posed a choking hazard to children. Some clumps of cereal, when mixed with water or milk, do not fully mix and can cause a choking hazard. The FDA said that it was aware of Gerber's actions, and agreed with the recall.

About One Million Simplicity Cribs Recalled Due To Failures Resulting in Infant Deaths

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing today a voluntary recall with Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., of about 1 million cribs. The drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap and lead to the entrapment and suffocation of infants. CPSC is aware of two deaths in Simplicity manufactured cribs with older style hardware, including a 9-month-old child and a 6-month-old child, where the drop-side was installed upside down. CPSC is also aware of seven infant entrapments and 55 incidents in these cribs.

RECALL: Baby's Bliss Gripe Water

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

MOM Enterprises Inc., and FDA informed consumers and healthcare providers that Baby's Bliss Gripe Water, apple flavor, with a code of 26952V and expiration date of October 2008 (10/08) is being recalled due to the presence of Cryptosporidium infection. The product is labeled Baby's Bliss. Pediatrician Recommended Gripe Water. Apple Flavor. An herbal supplement used to ease the gas and stomach discomfort often associated with colic, hiccups, and teething in infants and children.

One Million Bumbo Baby Seats Recalled After Nearly 30 Reports of Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009
10-25-2007 Approximately one million baby seats sold at Target , Wal-Mart and other large retailers have been recalled due to the risk of children falling out of the seats. The CPCS received 28 reports of injuries due to children falling out of the baby seats, three of whom suffered skull fractures. The recall includes Bumbo baby seats that were sold between August 2003 through October 2007.
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