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Highchair-Related Injuries Spike; 9,400 Kids Hurt Each Year

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

More than 9,400 children are treated each year in U.S. emergency rooms after suffering injuries in their highchairs, most often from falling out of poorly secured chairs, according to a new study published by the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The numbers represent a significant rise in the number of highchair-related injuries–a 22 percent jump between the years 2003 and 2010.  More from US News:

Despite the fact that millions of defective highchairs have been recalled in recent years, researchers at the hospital’s Center for Injury Research and Policy found that the number of children under the age of 3 who were treated in emergency departments between 2003 and 2010 increased by 22 percent. On average, one child each hour was treated for such an injury, according to the study, published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics.

“Families may not think about the dangers associated with the use of high chairs,” said Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research, in a statement. “High chairs are typically used in kitchens and dining areas, so when a child falls from the elevated height of the high chair, he is often falling head first onto a hard surface such as tile or wood flooring with considerable force.

Most often, the children seen were treated for closed head injuries, which include concussions and internal head injuries. More than one-third of the children injured (37 percent) were treated for closed head injuries.

Not only were closed head injuries the most common injury associated with highchairs, but they were also the type that saw the greatest increase between 2003 and 2010 – up nearly 90 percent, from 2,558 in 2003 to 4,789 in 2010.

Additionally, 33 percent were treated for bumps and bruises, and 19 percent were treated for cuts associated with falls from highchairs. Overall, 93 percent of the injuries involved a fall from a highchair or booster seat.

When information was available for what children were doing just before a fall from a highchair or booster seat, two-thirds of them were climbing or standing in the chair, which suggests that the chair’s safety restraints were either not being used or were ineffective.

Parents are urged to make sure their children are properly strapped into their high chairs and booster seats. If you are concerned about the safety of your highchairs, check the Parents.com Recall Finder, sign up for our Recall Alerts email, or check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website to see whether your model has been recalled.

Watch this video for more tips on keeping your baby safe in his high chair:

Prevent High Chair Injuries: How to Keep Your Child Safe
Prevent High Chair Injuries: How to Keep Your Child Safe
Prevent High Chair Injuries: How to Keep Your Child Safe

 

Plus: Find a broad selection of high chairs at Shop Parents.

Image: Baby in highchair, via Shutterstock

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More Than 3 Million Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda Cars Recalled

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Recall Alert3.4 million cars around the world, including those made by popular brands Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda, are being recalled because of faulty airbags, according to Reuters. The airbags, made by the Japanese company Takata, are at risk of catching fire or injuring passengers.

Toyota says it’s recalling approximately 170,000 cars in the United States, including certain Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, and Tundra, and Lexus SC 430 models manufactured from 2001-2003. “More precise vehicle information is being developed, but about 510,000 vehicles may have to be inspected to locate the suspect inflators,” according to the Toyota USA newsroom.

Honda is recalling “approximately 426,000 model-year 2001-2003 Civic vehicles, approximately 43,000 CR-V vehicles from the 2002-2003 model years and approximately 92,000 model-year 2002 Odyssey vehicles in the United States.”

While Toyota and Honda have both listed press releases on their respective websites, Nissan and Mazda have yet to post information about the recall.

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Four Major Retailers Issue ‘Nap Nanny’ Recalls

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us have issued voluntary recalls of Nap Nanny infant recliners made by Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, Pennsylvania.  The retailers’ move is unusual in that the manufacturer of the products refuse to participate in the recall despite repeated warnings from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), not to mention a lawsuit filed earlier this month alleging that the recliners have been the cause of at least 5 infant deaths.  From the CPSC’s release announcing the recall:

The Nap Nanny is a portable infant recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing. The recliner includes a bucket seat shaped foam base and a fitted fabric cover with a three point harness. Five thousand Nap Nanny Generation One and 50,000 Generation Two models were sold between 2009 and early 2012 and have been discontinued. One hundred thousand Chill Models have been sold since January 2011. The recalled Nap Nanny recliners were sold at toy and children’s retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com. All models were priced around $130.

For information on how you can return a Nap Nanny you may have purchased to one of the participating retailers, check out Parents.com’s Product Recall finder.

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Peg Perego Recalls 223,000 Older Strollers

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The stroller company, under advisement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has announced a voluntary recall of 223,000 strollers because of a danger that children may become entrapped or strangle in the strollers.  The recall does not affect new strollers, but two older models that have caused at least one infant death.  From the CPSC release:

A 6-month-old baby boy from Tarzana, Calif. died of strangulation after his head was trapped between the seat and the tray of his Peg Perego stroller in 2004. Another baby, a 7-month-old girl from New York, N.Y., nearly strangled when her head became trapped between the seat and the tray of her stroller in 2006.

Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation.

The recall involves two different older versions of the Peg Perego strollers, Venezia and Pliko-P3, manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007, in a variety of colors. They were manufactured prior to the existence of the January 2008 voluntary industry standard which addresses the height of the opening between the stroller’s tray and the seat bottom. The voluntary standard requires larger stroller openings that prevent infant entrapment and strangulation hazards.

Only strollers that have a child tray with one cup holder are part of this recall. Strollers with a bumper bar in front of the child or a tray with two cup holders are not included in this recall.

The following Venezia and Pliko-P3 stroller model numbers that begin with the following numbers are included in this recall. The model number is printed on a white label on the back of the Pliko P-3′s stroller seat and on the Venezia stroller’s footboard.

Pliko-P3 Stroller Model Numbers: IPFR28US34xxxxxxxx, IPFT28NA63, IPFT28NA64, IPP328MU10, IPP328MU09, IPP328US09, IPP328US10, IPP329US10, IPPA28US32, IPPA28US33, IPPA28US34, IPPD28NA34, IPPF28NA32, IPPF28NA57, IPPF28NA65, IPPF28NA66, IPPF28NA67, IPPF28NA68, IPPO28US32, IPPO28US34, IPPO28US62, IPPO28US69, IPPO28US70, IPPO28US71
Venezia Stroller Model Numbers: IPVA13MU09, IPVA13MU10, IPVA13US09, IPVA13US10, IPVA13US32, IPVA13US34, IPVC13NA32, IPVC13NA34
“Peg Perego” and “Venezia” or “Pliko-P3″ are printed on the side of the strollers.

The strollers were sold at various retailers nationwide, including Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby from January 2004 through September 2010 for between $270 and $330 for the Pliko P-3 stroller and between $350 and $450 for the Venezia stroller. They were manufactured in Italy.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact the firm for a free repair kit. Do not return the stroller to the retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.

For additional information, call Peg Perego at (888) 734-6020 anytime or visit the firm’s website at www.PegPeregoUSA.com

Image: Stroller, via Shutterstock.

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Chrysler Recalls 300,000 Minivans Due to Airbag Hazard

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Chrysler is recalling 300,000 of its minivans because of a problem where condensation from the air conditioning system can leak onto the electronic chip that triggers the airbag to deploy.

The 2008 models of the Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler Voyager, and Dodge Grand Caravan are included in the recall, and according to Reuters, recall letters will go out to affected car owners next month.

This is the second recall for this problem; last November, the minivans were recalled so the company could replace a drain tube in the hopes of preventing condensation that could affect the airbag system.

Other recent recalls that affect parents include:

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