Posts Tagged ‘product safety’

Baby bathers recalled

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

summer-infant-baby-bather-recallThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling nearly 2 million Summer Infant Baby Bathers because of falling and head injury risks. When the bather is lifted or carried with a baby in it, its folding wire frame can suddenly become unfastened from the side hinge, dropping the baby out of the bather. CPSC has received reports of babies who suffered head injury from falling out of these bathers.

The bathers were sold in stores nationwide from September 2004 through November 2011. If you have any of the recalled Summer Infant Baby Bathers, CPSC urges that you stop using the bathers immediately and contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit. Do not return baby bathers to stores as the retailers will not have the repair kit.

The repair kit includes a locking strap and instructions. However, even with the new locking strap, never lift or carry the baby bather with a baby in it. To learn more about this recall, please visit cpsc.gov.

Bumbo seats recalled

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

bumbo-seat-1If you’ve been to a baby shower recently or visited a baby registry list, then you’ve probably seen the Bumbo infant seat. These baby seats, made of molded foam, are hugely popular in families with infants. But if you’re one of the millions of people who have a Bumbo, beware.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bumbo International are recalling over 4 million Bumbo infant seats because several babies have fallen or gotten themselves out of their seats. This happened when the Bumbo was placed either on a raised surface or used on the floor. The CPSC has gotten reports of babies who suffered skull fractures, bumps, bruising and other injuries.

If you have a Bumbo seat for your baby, the CPSC urges you to stop using the seat right away until you get and install a free repair kit, which includes a safety belt. To order the repair kit, visit recall.bumbousa.com or call (866) 898-4999 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m EST Monday through Thursday, and between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. EST on Friday.

The Bumbo seats were sold in stores nationwide and online, including Sears, Target, Toys R Us (including Babies R Us), USA Babies, Walmart, and other toy and children’s stores from August 2003 through August 2012.

To learn more about this and other recalls, visit cpsc.gov.

Child safety locks recalled

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling nearly 1 million Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks with model numbers 48391 and 48442. CPSC found that young children can unlock the cabinet locks, giving children access to unsafe items moms and dads keep in cabinets. This can put your child at risk of getting hurt from these unsafe items.

The child safety locks were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and other retail stores nationwide as well as at Amazon.com from January 2004 through February 2012 for between $2 and $4.

If you have any of the recalled child safety locks, CPSC urges you to remove the locks from the cabinets right away and store dangerous items out of reach of children. For a free replacement Push ‘N Snap lock, contact Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG), Inc. (the company that imports these child safety locks) at (866) 762-3212 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.djgusa.com.

For more information on the child safety lock recall, please visit the CPSC website. Learn more about keeping your baby’s environment safe.

Peanut butter recall

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Smucker’s® is recalling its Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because it may have Salmonella, bacteria that cause salmonellosis infection. People with salmonellosis can get sick and may have diarrhea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.

The recall is for Smucker’s® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky with the following details:

• Purchased between November 8 – 17, 2011
• UPC 5150001701 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code)
• Production Codes 1307004 and 1308004
• Best-If-Used-By dates August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012
• Chunky product only (not creamy)

In most healthy adults, symptoms can last for days. But pregnant women, babies and others with weakened immune systems can sometimes become seriously ill from Salmonella infection.  Occasionally, a pregnant woman can pass a Salmonella infection on to her baby. After birth, her baby can get diarrhea, fever and, less frequently, meningitis after birth. Meningitis is an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain.

Visit the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website for more information on the peanut butter recall.

Product safety database

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

A new service exists for consumers looking for safety information on products they own or are thinking about buying. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) created a safety database at SaferProducts.gov as part of the Consume Product Safety Improvement Act.  This database will work in a unique way.  It will provide product safety information but will also allow consumers to report harmful incidents and safety issues.

CPSC will investigate incidents and report hazardous findings to the manufacturers within five business days. Manufacturers will have ten business days to respond with comments and claims. If all requirements are met at that time, the report and manufacturer’s comments will be posted on the web site. Reports lacking required information will not be published. Similarly, information in a report of harm determined to be materially inaccurate within the 10 days provided to manufacturers to respond will not be published. Reports that potentially contain confidential information will have such information taken out before the report is posted.  These steps should help ensure accurate information.

For more information, visit the CPSC web site.  You can access the new database at this link:  www.saferproducts.gov.

More cribs recalled, again

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

We’ve posted about cribs being recalled several times in the last few months (post 1, post 2, post 3). This time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling over 2 million cribs, both drop side and fixed side, made by 7 different companies. These cribs pose a safety risk to your baby such as falling, getting stuck or suffocating. The cribs being recalled were sold between 2000 and 2009 and were made by the following companies:

• Child Craft (now know as Foundations Worldwide): 866-614-0557 or cribsafetyinfo.com
• Delta Enterprise Corp.: 877-342-3418 or cribrecallcenter.com
• Evenflo: 800-356-2229 or safety.evenflo.com
• Jardine Enterprises: 800-295-1980 or jdservice.biz/Safety-Notices
• Million Dollar Baby: 888-673-6488 or themdbfamily.com/safety
• Simmons Juvenile Products Inc. (SJP): 877-342-3439 or cribrecallcenter.com

If you have a crib made by any of these companies, contact the company for a free repair kit. In the meantime, the CPSC asks that these cribs not be used until you receive the free repair kit. Visit the CPSC Web site for more information.

Infantino Baby Slings Recalled

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

infantino-slings-recallThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling over 1 million Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” baby slings. The organization finds that babies younger than 4 months can suffocate when held in the sling. The slings were sold between January 2003 and March 2010 at stores across the country including Walmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Babies “R” Us, BJ’s Wholesale and other retailers nationwide.

CPSC urges parents of babies younger than 4 months to immediately stop using these slings and contact Infantino for a free replacement product at (866) 860-1361 or visit www.infantino.com. Visit the CPSC Web site for more information about the Infantino baby slings recall.

Image Credit: Infantino.com

Millions of drop-side cribs recalled

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling over two million Stork Craft drop-side cribs because the drop-side can detach. The detachment can create space between the drop-side and the crib mattress, where a child can fall or become entrapped in the space, which can lead to suffocation. The CPSC urges parents to immediately stop use of the drop-side crib and request a free repair kit by contacting Stork Craft at (877) 274-0277 or www.storkcraftdirect.com. In the meantime, parents should find another safe sleeping environment for baby until the repair kit arrives. Do not attempt to fix the cribs without the free repair kit.

The recall involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs made between January 1993 and October 2009. The recall also includes Stork Craft drop-side cribs with a Fisher-Price logo and made between October 1997 and December 2004. For more information, visit the CPSC Web site.

Learn more about choosing a safe crib for your baby.

Play yards and pacifiers recalled

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling nearly 1 million play yards because the side rail may unlatch accidentally, potentially leading a child to fall. The play yards include:
• Kolcraft
• Carter’s
• Sesame Street
• Jeep
• Contours
• Care Bear
• Eric Carle
The play yards were sold between January 2000 and January 2009. More details are available on the CPSC news release.

The CPSC is also recalling Jaloma Pacifers because the product’s ventilation holes are too small and may pose a choking risk to young children. These pacifiers should be removed right away from children. The products, made by Gromex, Inc., were sold in New York and New Jersey between February 2008 and March 2009. Learn more by visiting the CPSC news release.

More salmonella???

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

pistachiosNo, this is not an April Fool’s joke.

I know there have been several recent posts on our blog about salmonella.  It’s not that we’re obsessed with salmonella or that we’re trying to create a panic. It’s just that this topic keeps popping up in the news and we want to make sure we give you all the information you need to make healthy choices.

So, here’s the latest. A company in California that sells pistachios has found traces of salmonella in its product. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a voluntary recall of pistachios and products that contain pistachios (including ice cream and trail mix packs). They also recommend that people avoid pistachios until more information is known about the extent of the problem. Here’s a list to the products that have been recalled so far.

I hope I didn’t put too much of a downer on your Wednesday, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.