Hundreds of products are recalled everyday, including products from top trusted brands. There are hundreds of reasons why a products can be recalled, including for choking, fire or fall hazards.
The number of recalls for 2016 reached the highest level since 2004, according to the non-profit group Kids in Danger. Recalls of children’s products increased by 12 percent in 2016, and the rate of incidents and injuries from unsafe products also increased. These recall announcements usually go unseen unless they make top headlines, but there are still ways for you to stay on top of product recalls and protect your family!
Here’s a list of baby products that have been recalled in 2017:
- Combi USA’s Stroller and Car Seat Combos: The car seat can disengage from the stroller’s frame, posing a fall hazard to infants
- Osprey’s Child Backpack Carriers: A child seated in the carrier can slip through the leg openings, posing a fall hazard to children
- Zutano’s Infant Booties: The non-slip rubber grips on the bottom of the booties can detach, posing a choking hazard
- Vanguard Furniture’s Chests of Drawers: The recalled chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children. Read more about anchoring your furniture here.
- Fred Meyer’s Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts and Girls Bomber Jackets: The zipper pull can detach from the sweatshirt, posing choking and laceration hazards to children
- Juratoys’ Toy Trolleys: The toy trolleys can tip backwards, posing an impact injury hazard to children
- Target’s Magnetic Tic Tac Toe Games: The magnets can come off the tic tac toe game pieces, posing a choking hazard. In addition, when two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together inside the intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing serious lifelong health effects
- Discount School Supply’s Children’s Waterproof Bibs: The children’s bib has a waterproof plastic backing that can separate from the terry cloth fabric, creating a suffocation hazard to children
- Kids II’s Oball Rattles: The clear plastic disc on the outside of the oball rattles can break, releasing small beads, posing a choking hazard to young children
- Dillard’s Baby Jackets: The metal snaps on the faux-fur hooded bear coats can detach, posing a choking hazard to children
- Little Tikes’ Toddler Swings: The plastic seat can crack or break, posing a fall hazard
- Moose Toys’ Toy Frogs: When the button batteries are removed from the toy frogs, the battery’s cap can become a projectile and the battery’s chemicals can leak, posing chemical and injury hazards
What can you do to keep your kids safe?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission regularly updates its product recall information. If you do own a product that has been recalled, immediately remove the product from your home and contact the company for a refund.