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Burlington Basket Bassinets Recalled

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Burlington Basket Co. have issued a recall for 500,000 of the brand’s bassinets after 10 of them collapsed, reports Consumer Ally on WalletPop.com.

According to Mitch Lipka at Consumer Ally, “the CPSC said if the cross-bracing rails aren’t locked into position, the bassinets can collapse.” So far there have been two injuries reported, including a bruise to the head and a bruised shoulder.

If you have purchased a Burlington Basket bassinet that made before June 2010 that has folding legs attached to the basket with white plastic pins, you should stop use immediately.

For more important details on this story, including what to do if you’ve purchased one of the recalled bassinets, see Mitch Lipka’s full Consumer Ally report. Be sure to keep up with the very latest on recalls with our helpful Recall Finder on Parents.com.

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Drop-Side Cribs Continue to Pose Serious Dangers

Friday, February 4th, 2011

The warnings continue for drop-side cribs. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is advising parents  to stop using all “SafetyCraft” brand full-size and portable drop-side cribs manufactured or distributed by Generation 2 Worldwide. This comes after the “SafetyCraft” models were found to have identical hardware to another model owned by Generation 2 Worldwide—ChildESIGNS brand drop-side cribs, recalled in February 2010.

According to the CPSC, “this hardware can fail and place infants and toddlers at risk of strangulation and suffocation.” Parents who have purchased one of these cribs are urged to discontinue use immediately. 

Currently, there have been three reported deaths and 20 drop-side related incidents involving previously recalled models of Generation 2 Worldwide and ChildESIGNS cribs. Unfortunately, these reports account for only a small portion of the drop-side drama. According to Consumer Ally, “malfunctioning hardware in drop-side cribs has been blamed in the deaths of at least 50 infants and toddlers over the past decade, and in recent years around 10 million cribs have been recalled.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced the enforcement of new safety regulations regarding the making of all cribs, including finally banning all drop-side cribs. These new standards are set to take effect by May of 2011.

As always, be sure to keep up with the very latest on recalls with our helpful Recall Finder.

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Nearly All Crib Models Unsafe Under New Gov’t Standards

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted today in favor of banning the use and manufacturing of drop-side cribs, while also announcing the enforcement of new safety regulations regarding the making of all cribs—which has the effect of deeming just about every existing make and model unsafe, reports Consumer Ally on WalletPop.com.

According to Mitch Lipka at Consumer Ally, “Manufacturers and retailers have six months to comply with the rules after they are published, which could at least temporarily drive up costs for cribs.”

Malfunctioning hardware in drop-side cribs has been blamed in the deaths of at least 50 infants and toddlers over the past decade, and in recent years around 10 million cribs have been recalled, Lipka reports. As you might imagine, the new regulations established today were in the works a long time and will hopefully put young children on a much safer track when it comes to sleep. (And as always, heeding experts’ advice on how to put your baby down to sleep can go a long way to preventing SIDS deaths.)

Keep up with the very latest on recalls with our helpful Recall Finder and for more details on this story and helpful sleep safety tips, see Mitch Lipka’s full Consumer Ally report.

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Infant Deaths, Injuries Associated with Nursery Products up Sharply in 2009

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Faulty infant carriers, cribs, high chairs and other nursery products caused a 21% spike in injuries last year, Consumer Ally reported today on WalletPop.com.

Regulators estimated there were 77,300 emergency-room visits related to products aimed at children younger than 5 years old, compared with 63,700 in 2008, the CPSC said in a recent study.

“The numbers in nearly all these categories are far too high,” said CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson. “It speaks to why we have new rules in place for two juvenile products and why we are pushing so hard to have new standards for cribs in place by the end of this year.”

Infant carriers, car seat carriers, cribs and mattresses, strollers, carriages and high chairs are associated with nearly three quarters of the injuries, with falls the leading cause. Keep up with the very latest on recalls with our helpful Recall Finder and for more details on this story, see Mitch Lipka’s full Consumer Ally report.

Have you had the upsetting and unfortunate experience of dealing with a recalled product for your little one?

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