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Strollers Recalled Again for Fingertip Amputations and Lacerations

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Maclaren strollers sold before November 2009 were recalled today by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for additional fingertip amputations and lacerations.

The strollers were recalled because when the consumer unfolds/opens the stroller, the hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child. Since the original recall, Maclaren received an additional 37 injury reports. The additional injuries include five fingertip amputations, 16 lacerations and 16 fingertip entrapments/bruising.

This recall involves about one million Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers sold before November 2009. The word “Maclaren” is printed on the stroller. Maclaren strollers sold after May 2010 have a different hinge design and are not being recalled. The strollers were sold at Juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1999 through November 2009 for between $100 and $360.

The CPSC advises consumers to stop using the stroller and call Maclaren toll-free at 977- 688-2326 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or e-mail hingecovers@maclaren-usa.com to receive a free repair kit to get hinge covers.

For more information visit the CPSC.

Plus: Be sure to keep your family safe and find information on the very latest product recalls with our Recall Finder on Parents.com.

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Child Deaths Prompt New Regulations for Window Blinds

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Could the window blinds in your home be posing a serious threat to your child’s safety? Unless they are cordless blinds, the answer is frighteningly, yes, according to a new article from the New York Times.

While in the past several years manufacturers have added safety features and provided parents with cautionary tips on their products, current statistics show that window blinds are still to blame for an average of one death per month due to strangulation by cords.

These grim statistics have motivated the Consumer Product Safety Commission to take action. The CPSC has stepped in and challenged the industry ”to devise a way to eliminate the risks from window cords or perhaps face mandatory regulations.” The Times reports that manufacturers have stepped up in reponse and are now working with a task force of regulators and consumer advocates, promising a fix by the fall.

While there is hope in this new convergence, unfortunately the manufacturers and consumer advocates have failed, thus far, to agree of what ‘safe’ really means. While blind manufacturers have offered several fixes to reduce risk, the task force stands firm that these efforts are not enough and the goal should not be to decrease risk but to eliminate it all together.

“It was my understanding that we were eliminating the hazard,” said Carol Pollack-Nelson, a safety consultant and member of the task force. “Now they are talking about reducing the hazard. We don’t want reduced strangulation. We want no chance of it.”

According to the Times, Ralph J. Vasami, executive director of the Window Covering Manufacturers Association, said it was unrealistic to expect the industry to eliminate every possible hazard. “Window blinds are not children’s products, he said, nor are they defective.” He goes on to imply that it’s a parent’s responsibility to take precaution around such products in order to keep their children safe and urges parents of young children to install cordless shades if they have concerns.

 While the task force suggests ceasing the production of any blinds except cordless is an obvious solution to solving the problem entirely, manufacturers point out that cordless styles are more difficult to produce than corded blinds and can cost twice as much to make.

While Vasami predicts the number of deaths “will inevitably decline as older products are replaced by those with more safety features,” parents who have tragically lost a child to cord strangulation are taking a more assertive approach. One couple recently founded the Parents for Window Blind Safety, while all agree that anything that can be done to prevent another family from enduring the pain they have gone through is worth whatever it takes.

Share your thoughts on this issue. Do you think manufacturers are correct in their assertion that parents are ultimately responsible for keeping their children safe, regardless of the overall safety of a product— or do you side with the task force and believe it’s a manufacturer’s job to provide completely hazard-free products, no matter the cost?

Be sure to keep your family safe and find information on the very latest product recalls with our Recall Finder on Parents.com.

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CPSC Launches New Product Safety Database

Friday, March 11th, 2011

U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION LOGOFor any parent who’s experienced a faulty product and hasn’t been sure quite who to alert– the answer has arrived! Today marks the launch of SaferProducts.gov, a new  database that allows individuals to directly report any unsafe products to the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, reports the CPSC in this press release.

Despite a pushback from maufacturers, the new, easy-to-use site was recently mandated by Congress as part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and gives public access to the kind of information that, in great part, was not readily available. Consumers are urged to report any incidents or potential risks they experience with a  product and can also search for complaints about everyday products they own or may be considering buying. The hope is to help consumers make well-informed choices in the most immediate manner to date.

“I believe that an informed consumer is an empowered consumer,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “The ability for parents and consumers to search this database for incidents involving a product they already own or are thinking of purchasing will enable them to make independent decisions aimed at keeping their family safe.”

Although the database is now live and users are able to file reports and view product recalls, the ability to search for complaints from other consumers will not be available until early April. Reason for this being that manufacturers are given 10 days to respond to a complaint before the report is posted.

Will you use this new database to report unsafe products and/or search for reports from others? Let us know!

Be sure to keep up with the very latest on recalls with our helpful Recall Finder on Parents.com.

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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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Happy New Year from Parents

Friday, December 31st, 2010

New Year 2011 babyWith 2011 starting tomorrow, what resolutions are you and your family making?  Look no further than our guide to helping kids make and keep New Year’s Resolutions.  We at Parents resolve to keep bringing you the best and most beneficial parenting news, personal stories, and product reviews.  As you wave good-bye to 2010, take a few moments to look at the highlights of the year–the top news, toy recalls, trends, and more:

And as you welcome the advent of 2011, look to see what we predict for the year and what we have in store for January:

We at Parents also want to take a few moments to say: Thank you for continuing to be such avid readers of our magazine and our site.  Because of you, dear readers, Parents had several amazing milestones this year.  We reached over 100,000 Twitter followers, received over 150,000 “Likes” on Facebook, and we won a MIN Award in the “Editorial Series or Special Section” category. 

We hope your new year will be bursting with brightness.  Happy 2011!

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The Biggest Recall of 2010 Shouldn’t Have Been a Recall

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Shrek-GlassWhat was the biggest consumer product recall of 2010? The McDonald’s recall of 12 million Shrek glasses because of concerns about cadmium levels in them, according to Mitch Lipka at Walletpop. But, it turns, out the glasses need not have been recalled in the first place: At the time of the recall, Lipka writes in his Consumer Ally blog, “the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission had yet to set official limits for what constituted dangerous. When they did a few months later, the result was the Shrek glasses would not have been recalled.”

Lipka goes on to list the 10 largest recalls of the year (from all consumer products), and we’ve got our list here of the biggest toy recalls of 2010.

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Americans Out of the Loop When It Comes to Recalls

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

untitledAccording to a new poll from Consumer Reports, only one-fifth of Americans are aware they purchased a recalled product (other than a car) in the past three years. The results of the poll, which will be fully released later today, also show that while recalls are important to the majority of Americans, many aren’t so sure how and where to access important breaking news regarding the faulty products that may have been brought into their homes.

If you find yourself in this boat, rest assured that there are many resources available to you, including the National School Safety Coalition. This new organization, backed by notable groups like the National School Boards Association, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, delivers vital recall information fast to schools and parents via web and mobile safety alerts on children’s products including toys, food, medicines, and furniture. Keep your child out of danger by staying connected at clickcheckand protect.org, a micro-site of Consumer Reports developed by the coalition with all of the very latest recall information (be sure your kid’s school is aware of the site, too!).

You can also stay up to date on the latest recalls and make sure make sure your baby’s and kid’s toys and gear are safe by visiting Parents.com/recalls.

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