It seems that every day there is a new report about dangerous or faulty products for kids that are being recalled.
The U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is targeting Simplicity cribs as a particular danger. In 2008, a Massachusetts toddler suffocated after getting stuck between the mattress and the frame. Another 13 incidents have been reported involving the tubular metal framed cribs bending or coming apart.
To date, CPSC has recalled over 2 million Simplicity drop side cribs due to problems with the crib’s plastic hardware.
The cribs were sold under the Aspen, Chelsea, Graco and Simplicity brands.
The CPSC is urging anyone with one of these cribs to stop using them.
Because Simplicity is no longer in business, CPSC said it does not know how many of these metal-framed cribs were sold. The China-made cribs were sold at chain stores nationwide including Walmart , Target, and Babies R Us for $150-$300. Consumers can return these cribs to the store where they were purchased for a refund, credit or replacement crib.
Meanwhile, parents are growing increasingly frustrated that crib manufacturers and others who produce products for babies and kids are not doing a better job of vetting their merchandise.
On Wal-Mart’s site, they list products which they sell that have been recalled including everything from strollers and cribs to toys, high chairs and slings. And just a couple of days ago, the Food and Drug Administration recalled certain lots of Children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl.
Baby sling company HugaMonkey created a handy infographic which depicts what baby products have been recalled, why, and when over the past 16 months. The quantity of products recalled is pretty stunning.
Parents are left to wonder whether companies manufacturing for kids are not doing enough testing or whether they’re just fearful of lawsuits. Either way, one accidental infant death or injury is too many.
If HugaMonkey’s chart is any indication, raising kids is a dangerous business. Do your homework before buying a crib, car seat, stroller, or high chair. Call me paranoid, but it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry.
Are you concerned about the number of baby products being recalled?