Product Recall Report

Safe Kids Worldwide issues recall report including items bicycle helmets, children’s tents, and more.

This recall report includes children’s tents with support rods which can splinter and pose a laceration hazard,  bike helmets which do not meet federal impact standards and combination hand warmers and battery chargers which pose fire and burn hazards. The Safe Kids’ recall center is a unique place where parents and caregivers can go to stay up-to-date on recalls of all child-related products.

Updates to the Food Recalls

Three recalls of food products more likely to be on a kids’ menu can be found on the right-hand side. Here are links to all food/drug recall information announced by the Food and Drug Administration and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

We also bring you consumer news and concerns about children’s products and safety issues. Here are our headlines:

Top Recalls (More Than One Million Products)

March 15, 2018, CPSC; Handi-Craft recalls Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier & teether holders because the snap can detach from the pacifier’s ribbon, posing a choking hazard for young children. Units: 590,000 (an additional 10,500 were sold in Canada).

March 21, 2018, CPSC; Kidde recalls its PI2010 and PI9010 dual-sensor smoke alarms because a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home. Units: 452,000 (an additional 40,000 were sold in Canada).

Recalls

March 15, 2018, CPSC; eheat recalls Envi high-efficiency electric panel heaters because improper wire crimping by the manufacturer can cause the unit to overheat, smoke, or melt, posing a burn hazard. Units: 35,000 (an additional 700 were sold in Canada).

March 15, 2018, CPSC; Beanworthy recalls Human Creations EnergyFlux and EnergyFlux Slim model battery chargers and hand warmers sold exclusively at Amazon.com because they can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Units: 12,700.

March 15, 2018, CPSC; Louis Garneau recalls bicycle helmets because they do not comply with the impact requirements of the federal safety standard for bicycle helmets. Units: 650 (an additional 550 were sold in Canada).

March 15, 2018, CPSC; Southwire recalls WiOn Indoor, in-wall Wi-Fi Switches because they can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Units: 24,000 (an additional 6,000 were sold in Canada).

March 14, 2018, CPSC; Cameron Company recalls Playtime Pals Pop-Up Hideaway Hut children’s tents because the fiberglass rod that supports the tent can break, splinter and become sharp, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. Units: 84,000.

March 14, 2018, CPSC; Radio Flyer recalls Children’s eWagons because improper wiring can unexpectedly activate the wagon’s motor, posing an injury hazard. Units: 5,000.

March 13, 2018, CPSC; Helvetia Sports recalls SwissStop EXOTherm cycling disc brake pads because they can separate from the backplate, posing a fall hazard to the user. Units: 750.

March 13, 2018, CPSC; AmazonBasics recalls portable power banks because the power bank’s battery can overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards. Units: 260,000.

March 13, 2018, CPSC; MAAX Spas recalls its hot tubs and swim spas because the UV generator inside the hot tub and swim spa can ignite while in use, posing a fire hazard. Units: 550 (an additional 630 were sold in Canada).

Consumer Safety Glossary

  • Anaphylaxis: A severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction which can be prompted by a number of allergens, including bee stings or eating nuts. An anaphylactic reaction can be treated with a shot of epinephrine (adrenaline), but a person suffering such a reaction should also be taken to an Emergency Room immediately.
  • Button BatteriesThese are tiny batteries which power things like remote controls, thermometers, games, toys, hearing aids, calculators, bathroom scales, musical greeting cards, key fobs, electronic jewelry, holiday ornaments, cameras, and candles. When swallowed they can have dangerous consequences for a small child.
  • Glyphosate: An herbicide widely used in agricultural production that controls broadleaf weeds and grasses and is believed to be carcinogenic by some.
  • Listeria Monocytogenes: A bacteria which can be found in certain foods and can cause an infection to which women, newborns, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable.
  • Lithium batteries: These are high-powered, longer lasting power sources that have caused fires in a number of products ranging from smartphones to hoverboards. If a product is manufactured according to proper standards, these batteries are typically considered safe.
  • Organohalogens: Chemicals that are flame retardants, commonly used in children’s products, furniture, mattresses and plastic casings surrounding electronics. Research suggests organohalogens are carcinogenic.
  • Phthalates: Chemicals often used in the production of many types of plastics, usually to make them softer and/or more pliable. Many forms have been banned by federal law and the CPSC.
  • Salmonella: A bacteria that can cause people to have serious bouts of diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Most vulnerable are infants, older adults and those with compromised immune systems.
  • Talaromyces penicillium An opportunistic thermal dimorphic fungus that can cause allergic reactions and irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs. It can also be injurious to people with challenged immunity systems.
Fire Extinguishers
Kidde: 40.5 million
“Step-It” Activity Wristbands
McDonald’s: 33 million
Chests and dressers
IKEA: 17.3 million
Storage Furniture
Lane Home Furniture: 12 million
Coffee Makers
Keurig: 7.2 million
Macaroni & Cheese
Kraft: 6.5 million
Notebook Power Cord.
HP: 6 million
Delizza Mini Eclairs
Possible Listeria contamination
Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Undeclared peanut
Southgate Hot Dog Chili Sauce
Undeclared milk

This service collects recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationConsumer Product Safety CommissionFood and Drug Administration and Food Safety and Inspection Service. Parents Central at NHTSA’s safercar.gov is another go-to resource on car seats. Safe Kids has developed an online tool to help parents in choosing and correctly using car seats, the Ultimate Car Seat Guide in English and in Spanish.

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