Fred & Friends has issued a voluntary recall of three styles of their infant pacifiers and one baby rattle all due to choking hazards, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
More than 200,000 of their gimmicky pacifiers — “Chill Baby Artiste,” “Volume” and “Panic” — and roughly 56,000 funny “Buff Baby” rattles have been sold since 2013 in both the US and Canada. It’s recommended to stop use immediately and return products to the store for refund.
Not only do the pacifiers pose choking risks, but the ventilation holes on the pacifier guards are said to be too small for safety standards on both the “Volume” and “Panic” styles. Information on the specific products and how to go about getting a refund for the recalled products can be found on Fred & Friends website.
I don’t know if it’s just because I’m paying more attention or if there are stricter rules, but there seems to be a lot more product recalls now that I ever remember. These products are meant to be cute and funny, but part of me worries if this all could have been avoided if the company, which appears to sell mostly gag-type gifts that are inexpensive and used for a laugh, found safety to be as important as humor. I don’t own anything by Fred & Friends, so I can’t speak to the quality, but this isn’t a one time thing — there are four different products being recalled in the same day, and in large quantities, too. While the company says the other styles of pacifiers and baby items are not being recalled and are safe for consumers, I feel that when it comes to baby products, trusting the company has never been more important.
Let’s be honest here, it’s not like the babies themselves are putting these items on their “birthday wish list” — so it’s the parents who find these gimmicky items funnier than the tried-and-true pacifier brands. Sure, the typical infant pacifiers are usually donned with pastel colors and cutesy animals and don’t command any sort of attention like these funnier ones, but is this extra attention at the expense of safety?
Do you think companies who produce baby products should spend more time making sure their product meets and exceeds safety expectations or is a recall when needed enough?
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