Safe Kids Issues Children’s Product Recalls
Newsymom.com continues to partner with Safe Kids by sharing information to ensure you are informed about recalls of products that can put your kids at risk.
This recall report includes 72,000 Waterpede bath toys which can break apart exposing small parts and 28,400 Nerf Battle Racer go-karts with steering wheels which can break during use, posing collision and laceration 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 for all food/drug recall information announced by the Food and Drug Administrationand 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:
- Safe Kids Coalitions Urge CPSC To Provide Awareness On Difference Between “Child-Resistant”, “Childproof”
- CPSC Hosts Fourth North America Consumer Product Safety Summit
- Health Canada Announces Tougher Regulation of Lead, Cadmium in Children’s Products
- Stay Safe While Pedaling Through National Bike Month
- New Testing Shows Promise for Mandatory Furniture Tip-Over Standard
- FDA, FTC Warn Liquid Nicotine Manufacturers Over Misleading Packaging
May 10, 2018, CPSC; Munchkin recalls Waterpede bath toys because the toys can break apart exposing small parts, posing a choking hazard to small children. Units: About 72,000.
May 15, 2018, CPSC; Regency Fireplace Products recalls Regency Ultimate direct vent gas stove fireplaces because the pressure release system can fail and cause the stove to explode, posing explosion and injury hazards. Units: About 13,700 (an additional 11,300 were sold in Canada and 10 were sold in Mexico).
May 15, 2018, CPSC; Michaels recalls 3-Tier Haunted Townhouse candle holders because they can ignite, posing fire and burn hazards. Units: About 10,000 (an additional 830 were sold in Canada).
May 15, 2018, CPSC; NY Thermal recalls Trinity and Slant/Fin CHS residential and commercial boilers because a seal can dislodge and allow the boiler to emit carbon monoxide, posing a CO poisoning hazard. Units: About 16,000 (an additional 7,000 were sold in Canada).
May 10, 2018, CPSC; Tobi recalls Babynest Crib Bumpers because the strings on the crib bumper exceed a safe length, posing a strangulation hazard to babies. Units: About 200.
May 10, 2018, CPSC; ALDI recalls Ambiano mini deep fryers sold in brushed stainless steel and red, because the heating element can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Units: About 35,000.
May 10, 2018, CPSC; illy recalls 8.8-ounce whole bean coffee cans in medium, dark roast and decaf because the lid can detach suddenly with force upon opening, posing an injury hazard. Units: About 65,000.
May 9, 2018, CPSC; Specialized Bicycle Components recalls bicycles with Stout Cranks because the driveshaft crankarm can disengage and cause the rider to lose control, posing fall and injury hazards. Units: About 1,800.
May 9, 2018, CPSC; Wrapables recalls silk women’s scarves because they fail to meet the federal flammability standard for clothing textiles, posing fire and burn hazards. Units: About 1,900.
May 8, 2018, CPSC; Hauck Fun For Kids recalls Nerf Battle Racer go-karts because the steering wheel on the go-kart can detach, break or crack while in use, posing a laceration and/or collision hazard to young children. Units: 26,300 (an additional 2,100 were sold in Canada).
70 Safe Kids coalitions from 30 states recently wrote to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), requesting that they provide awareness about the distinctions between “child-Resistant” and “childproof” medication packaging. A recent Safe Kids research report, “Safe Medicine Storage: Recent Trends and Insights for Families and Health Educators,” found widespread confusion among parents about the limitations of “child-resistant” packaging for medication. One in three parents believe drugs in “child-resistant” packaging are safe to leave within the sight and reach of a child.
On May 3 and 4, product safety professionals from the CPSC and its counterparts Health Canada and the Consumer Protection Federal Agency of Mexico (PROFECO) met at CPSC headquarters in Bethesda, MD. The Fourth North America Consumer Product Safety Summit was convened to identify emerging product safety issues, gather stakeholder input and set the path for future multi-lateral collaboration. The summit’s second day was open to the public with sessions on several issues involving children, including challenges posed by the growth of e-commerce, and the hazard potential of high-energy lithium-ion batteries.
Health Canada, the Canadian counterpart to the U.S. CPSC, recently unveiled strict new limits on allowable levels of lead and cadmium in children’s products. These regulations lower permissible lead content in children’s jewelry from 600 mg/kg to 90 mg/kg while establishing a limit of 130 mg/kg for cadmium. Furthermore, the range of products covered by the new rules are expanded to include toys, clothing, and accessories for children from age 3 to 14. It also includes “products to facilitate relaxation, sleep, carrying or transporting” of children under 4. Exposure to cadmium and lead is particularly hazardous to young children, who are more likely to place such objects in their mouths. These regulations will take effect November 2, 2018.
Stay Safe While Pedaling Through National Bike Month
May is National Bike Month, and while biking is a healthy source of recreation and transport for many kids, it also needs to be a safe activity. Everyone who rides a bicycle should always wear a properly fitting helmet, especially children. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of serious head injury to a child by as much as 78 percent. Setting the example here is important; if a kid sees their parent wearing a helmet, they will be more likely to do so on their own as well. The CDC can help with resources on how to pick out a helmet for your child, and a video showing how to properly fit a helmet. For more bike safety materials, check out our Safe Kids Bike Safety Tips.
Consumer Reports recently conducted a new series of tip-over testing on a variety of dressers, the results of which show several new models meeting a proposed new mandatory standard which is stricter than the current voluntary standard. Consumer Reports, which backs the proposed mandatory standard, points to these results as proof that it is possible to manufacture dressers to this standard without having to drastically increase prices. Indeed, two of the new IKEA models that met the tougher standard are priced at $69 and $129. Previously, IKEA Malm dressers were involved in at least eight tip-over deaths and subject to several recalls of millions of dressers. In April, Safe Kids submitted a comment to the CPSC in support of the proposed mandatory standard. Tip-overs remain a troubling home safety issue, with one child dying every two weeks after furniture or a TV falls on them.
In early May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued warning letters to seventeen liquid nicotine manufacturers after finding they had marketed their products to appear substantially similar to kid friendly food products. These e-liquids were sold in packaging designed to look like juice boxes, gummy candies, cookies, and even whipped cream. Liquid nicotine poses serious health risks when consumed by children, including seizures, coma, and death. According to the FDA, over 8,000 such cases were reported between 2012 and 2017. In related news, the FDA announced a nationwide “blitz” of online and brick-and-mortar retailers to crack down on e-cigarette sales to minors. Specifically, officials will be targeting the sale of “JUUL” brand e-cigarettes, which have recently become notorious for their popularity amongst teenagers.
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 Batteries: These are tiny batteries which power things likeremote 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.
- Cadmium: A soft metal most commonly used in the production of batteries. Exposure to toxic levels of cadmium has been linked with anemia and liver disease, along with nerve, kidney, lung and brain damage. These effects are expected to be similar but more pronounced in children because their bodies can absorb more of the metal.
- Glyphosate: An herbicide widely used in agricultural production that controls broadleaf weeds and grasses and is believed to be toxic 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 which can cause allergic reactions and irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs. It can also be injurious to people with challenged immunity systems.
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This service collects recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Food 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 on-line tool to help parents in choosing and correctly using car seats, the Ultimate Car Seat Guide in English and in Spanish.
A few more reminders:
- Register all new car seats and booster seats.
- Be careful about using hand-me-downs or buying children’s products at a secondhand shop or yard sale.
- It violates federal law to sell recalled products. If you know of an unsafe product, you can report it to the CPSC.
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