Potentially unsafe strollers, cribs, car seats and medicines
Unfortunately for moms, 2010 has been the year of the recall. In the past eleven-plus months, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled 230 “infant/child” products-a 68 percent increase over 2009. The most troubling recalls came from stroller, crib and baby-carrier manufacturers. Flaws in these products resulted in several deaths.
2010 was also a nightmare for children’s medicine manufacturers. Nearly every major children’s medicine brand underwent a massive recall, leaving mothers scrambling for alternatives to alleviate their babies’ suffering when they caught the common cold.
We’ve compiled a list of every stroller, crib, car seat and children’s medicine recall in 2010.
Five major manufacturers ordered recalls of baby carriers and car seats in 2010, notably Infantino, which recalled over 1 million baby slings after two products caused at least three infant-suffocation fatalities.
The U.S. government ordered a massive recall of over 2 million drop-side cribs in late June after a string of infant deaths, and the CPSC finally outlawed drop-side cribs on December 15th. Twenty recalls of drop-side and stationary-side cribs were ordered by early December, so make sure that your baby’s crib isn’t on the list.
By October, Graco had recalled over 3.5 million strollers after four infants became trapped inside the strollers and were fatally choked. Five others lost fingertips in canopy hinges.
Nearly every major children’s medicine brand-including Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl-ordered expansive recalls of their children’s medicine.