Product Safety Recalls should not be ignored

30 Sep

Today, Fisher-Price is recalling more than 10 million children’s products sold in the United States.

This recall includes some toddler tricycles, infant activity centers, toy cars, and many models of Fisher Price high-chairs.

Although some recalls occur not as a result of actual injury to any user, but as a preventative recall issued by the manufacturer or suggested by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), most recalls occur as a direct result of injury or even death due to use of the product.

The CPSC, along with the Food and Drug Administration also issued a warning today, urging consumers to stop using infant sleep positioners. According to the CPSC website, ‘over the past 13 years, CPSC and the FDA have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of 1 month and 4 four months who died when they suffocated in sleep positioners or became trapped and suffocated between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet.’

So, with what seems to be a revolving list of recalls on infant and children’s items, how can a parent know if the products they’re using are safe? Here’s a few quick tips to help keep your home free of recalled products.

1. Keep appraised of current product recalls. The best resource for this is the Consumer Products Safety Commission website, where you can view current recalls, find links to manufacturers, and even sign up for recall updates by email.

2.Remove recalled products from your home or discontinue use until approved repair kit is installed. If you find a product that you own on a recall list, stop using it immediately until you can install a ‘repair kit’ provided by the manufacturer. If this is not an option, remove the item from your home. DO NOT donate the item to charity or give it to another person for use.

3.If you purchase or are given used children’s products, check to be sure these products are safe and have not been recalled. If you choose to install a used carseat, always know where the seat has been and how it has been used. NEVER use a carseat that has been recalled, involved in an accident or is otherwise damaged.

For more car seat safety information visit Healthy Children.

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