16 posts categorized "Recalls"

What have you done with your recalled crib?

January 16, 2011

As much as I love babyhood, I am happy that my youngest is entering toddlerhood. He has outgrown his crib and moved into a toddler bed. As I purge though, I am uncertain what to do with the crib. It's one of the millions of drop-side cribs recalled.  It has an immobilization kit, but still, should it be re-used? Recycled? Repurposed?  Tossed? Do you have one of these? What have you done with yours?

Chocolate Coins May Contain Melamine

October 28, 2008

Pirates_gold There Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a consumer advisory earlier this month.

Sherwood brand Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate coins are being recalled due to the fact that they contain Melamine, the ingredient in milk product that has caused many infant deaths in China. 

These candies are sold at Costco, as well as many bulk and dollar stores. Please make sure to check your child's Halloween candy and DO NOT LET THEM EAT THE PIRATE COINS (you know the ones wrapped in the shiny gold foil) and please let other parents know about this! [Photo from Sherwood Brands]

Jardine Enterprises Crib Recall

October 01, 2008

This just in from urbanMama Ceri - mom to Cameron:

The crib I bought my son last year in July 07 just broke!  The top rail on the side where it drops down just SNAPPED.  I was leaning on it with my hip to drop the side rails down to put my baby to bed and it cracked.  Now I am going to have to go through weaning him from our bed all over again when we get the replacement crib!  This is the 2nd week for us and it was going great.  Uggg.... It is a Sage Green Jardine Enterprises crib I bought at Babies R Us.  Here is a link to the recall site.  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08312.html there are about 28 cribs on the list. 

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Keeping Up With Recalls: How do you track them?

June 06, 2008

I don't know about you, but I can't keep up with what's being recalled when.  Not necessarily because there are so many - though that's part of it - but because of the usual issues of time, memory and access to information.  I read about two current recalls in the O this morning: crib mattresses and infant formula.  Neither apply to me at the moment, but...I had to wonder, what else is being recalled that does affect me that I am completely unaware of? 

You can always check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Council web site - they have two children's categories worth following: toys and other child products.  But better yet, you can RSS just these two lists.  Sadly, it's the best RSS I've signed up for yet.

But just to make it a wee bit more difficult, food products (like infant formula) are monitored and recalled by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, so you need to check there, too.  Ugh.  But alas, you can RSS that, too!  How do you track this stuff? 

Water Bottles Recall: Violation of Lead Paint Standard

April 03, 2008

Waterbottles_3Downeast Concepts is recalling all their Backyard and Beyond Metal Water Bottles

Hazard: Surface paint on the metal water bottles contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Description: Backyard and Beyond brand water bottles with model numbers 67402, 67404, 67442, 67444, 67742, 60442, 67744, 67746, 67748 and 60448 printed on the hang tag. The metal water bottles have a black plastic sip-top and were sold in green, pink or blue with assorted animal or insect graphics on the exterior.

Sold at: Major retailers, gift shops, convenience stores, mass merchandise and drug stores nationwide from February 2006 through February 2008 for about $8.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled water bottles away from children and return it to the store where purchased for a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Downeast Concepts at (800) 343-2424 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.backyard-beyond.com or e-mail the firm at productsafety@downeastconcepts.com

And Speaking of Recalls...

November 22, 2007

A customer let us know about this latest lead risk:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Boppy® Slipcovers

Hazard: The zipper pull on the slipcovers can break, posing a choking hazard to young children. In addition, paint on the zippers contains excess levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.

Description: This recall involves velvet and boa slipcovers intended for use with the Boppy® Bare Naked nursing and support pillow.

Slipcovers recalled due to a choking hazard were sold in three color combinations and have the following UPC and date codes found on the California Flammability Law tag. Slipcovers sold in clear vinyl packages are labeled Boppy® Luxe.

Color Combination UPC Code Date Code
Blue/Green Velvet 769662 30802 1 05/2006 and 06/2006
Pink/ Orange Velvet 769662 30801 4 05/2006 and 06/2006
Pastel Blue Velvet 769662 30705 5 05/2006

More info and pictures may be found here.

Another Toy Recall: When Will the Madness End?

November 21, 2007

Enough already.  Are you tired of all the toy recalls?  We sure are.  Recall_blood_pressure_2 Sarah writes about the recent Mattel medical kit recall on Blogging Stocks.  It appears that the blood pressure cuff has "lead in worrisome amounts", according to the consumer reports press release.  As you do your holiday shopping, you can refer to the recall list put together by notinmycart.org ( Lisa the Activista breaks it down for us busy parents over on Activistas).  Has the recent stint of recalls effected your approach to gift-giving this season?

Another Chinese Toy Recall

November 08, 2007

The seemingly non-stop recalls of toys made in China is just getting crazy...Aqua Dots are being recalled because they contain a chemical that is similar to the date rape drug GHB when ingested. More information on how this recall came about may be found in this article in the NY Times.

One issue that stuck out for me in this case is that the manufacturer did not list the hazardous chemical in question in its ingredients and was unwilling to share information on how the beads were actually manufactured.  This level of distrust and secrecy has been reflected in other investigations of Chinese manufacturing; the recent detaining of a business reporter at a Chinese toy manufacturing plant is perhaps the most compelling example of just how big this problem is.

Also the Consumer Products Safety Commission only responds to issues after they have been discovered and the product in question is already in the hands of kids.  Even then, who knows how many other toys  have toxic substances that just haven't been "discovered" yet.

How has this spate of toy recalls affected you? We have always "gently encouraged" our families to not give toys to our kids from China but haven't made it a rule because that seemed kinda dictatorial but now....?

Have you adopted any "giving guidelines" or "shopping guidelines" this holiday season?  Any other changes in your house as a result of these safety issues?

Recall: Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat

October 29, 2007

BumboseatFrom the US Consumer Product Safety Commission: Serious Head Injuries Prompt Recall Of Bumbo Baby Sitter Seats.  This is a voluntary recall and the company is distributing new instructions and warnings. 

Hazard: If the seat is placed on a table, countertop, chair, or other elevated surface, young children can arch their backs, flip out of the Bumbo seat, and fall onto the floor, posing a risk of serious head injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC has received 28 reports of young children falling out of the Bumbo Baby Sitter seat, including three skull fractures, which occurred when children fell out of chairs that had been placed on tables.

Consumer Contact: Contact Bumbo International at (877) 932-8626 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.bumbosafety.com

**  thank you, Jennifer, for forwarding this info! **

Baby Bliss Gripe Water Recall

October 17, 2007

The FDA has announced a recall of the some bottles of apple flavor Baby Bliss Gripe Water. This recall resulted from FDA finding cryptosporidium in the product. Cryptosporidium is a parasite that can cause intestinal infections.

The most common symptom of infection is watery diarrhea. Other symptoms can include dehydration, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. Parents of children who have recently consumed Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water, apple flavor, and have these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Parents and caregivers who have given this product to their infants and children should be alert for diarrhea and other signs of Cryptosporidium infection.

The complete notice from the FDA can be found here. The affected Gripe Water has a code of 26952V with an expiration date of 10/08 on the bottle’s carton. But if in doubt, throw it out.

Crib recall for Graco, Simplicity brands

September 21, 2007

Everett_and_crib Graco has always been the old faithful baby gear brand in my home, and I know we've owned any number of products marketed by the company. Today I'm happy, though, to note we don't currently own a Graco crib (in fact, we haven't owned a crib since our first son outgrew it). The latest and awfullest recall to hit the market covers nearly a million cribs sold by Graco and Simplicity (all manufactured by Simplicity), from 1998 to May 2007.

I wrote about this recall for 'work' today, and while I can't say I'm horrified, I can say that I'm so, so sad for the parents of the children who died in the cribs and it just hits me how easy it would have been to make the same mistake -- the children were suffocated because the drop side is easy to install upside down, leaving a gap into which a baby's head can fit.

With all these recalls, I wonder if the CPSC is being more careful; manufacturers are being more responsible; or it's just random. Is this world getting more dangerous for our kids instead of less dangerous? Or do we just have better and better information?

Not Recalled - Melissa & Doug

August 03, 2007

Thank you to urbanMamas reader, Melissa, for this post:

As many of you know there was a recent major recall of Fisher Price toys made in China due to the discovery of potentially harmful doses of lead paint.  As a family not fond of plastics in general, we felt pretty safe with our wide selection of wooden and cloth toys for our one year old daughter.  Then, I read somewhere that the popular wooden toy manufacturer, Melissa & Doug also produced their toys in China and that the issue of lead paint might still be a concern.

Today, I wrote to the company (both their service department and the owners, who list their email address on their website) to express my concern. Within about an hour I received this reply from Doug himself and I thought I would pass it along.

"Thanks Melissa:

Yes, we definitely appreciate and understand your concern. Please be assured, we test for lead VERY frequently.

It's quite possible to make great quality children's items in China, which meet all safety regulations, but the key point is that you have to test and inspect very frequently to be sure that your factories are always following your instructions explicitly. I assure you that's exactly what we do.

From our experience, the key to doing this correctly is not simply to insist that your factories follow your instructions, but then to go one step further and to AUDIT, INSPECT, AND TEST very frequently. That is the most important part of the process, and it's something our company has always taken VERY seriously.

Thanks again for asking.  And thanks for your support also.

Doug"

So if you have any Melissa & Doug toys rest assured that they are safe in the hands of your teething baby or toddler.  If you don't have any of these toys then perhaps they can go on your wish list or suggestion list for your child's next birthday or gift receiving event.

Mattel recall rocks my world

August 02, 2007

Truman_dora_castle_200 By now, you've probably heard all about Mattel's recall of over a million toys that contain lead paint. When I first heard the Mattel recall news early this morning in between half-waking nursing sessions, I got a dull ache in my stomach. When I got up and looked at the list of affected toys in the paper today, well, I wanted to throw up. J0343 Go Diego Go Antarctic Rescue ... J0345 Go Diego Go Mountain Rescue ... J6762 Queen Mami ... J6765 Prince Diego ... it's as if someone took an inventory of my children's favorite toys. (In addition to Dora and Diego toys, Elmo, Ernie, Zoe and the rest of the Sesame Street gang are also well-represented in the list.) That's a lot of lead.

Everett_diego_toys_200 For months now, my husband and I have been musing about whether we should institute a family ban on products made in China; we just can't be sure that any of these things are safe. The recent discoveries have us sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. After all, Mattel is a big company with a brand name in need of protection -- what about those toys sold on the seasonal aisle at WalGreen's?  I hardly think anyone's busy checking the lead content in the Barbie Princess inflatable balls and knockoff Play-Doh. What if... urggh.

While I go around the house collecting these precious objects, I think: is it time to collect everything and switch entirely to wooden and handmade toys? I'm certainly about ready to throw up my hands in distress. My heart aches when I think of the fallout should I discover that the die-cast Thomas trains from Target have lead paint, too (my worst nightmare). If only I'd never developed the love affair my sons have with these dangerous things.

We've called our doctor's office and elected to get a lead test (with our pediatrician, Dr. Vestergaard, we can just go to the lab at Broadway Medical Clinic anytime and get the test), although she said the risk isn't huge. I doubt my kids will be greatly affected (physically) but I've lost all trust for the toymakers, and that feeling in the pit of my stomach keeps getting achier.

Veggie Booty recalled in OR

June 28, 2007

If you have (or have had) a toddler, you've likely purchased your fair share of Roberts Veggie Booty, the kidlet green snack of choice. Be careful: Today's Oregonian says Oregon among 17 states for Veggie Booty contamination cases

6/28/2007, 4:13 p.m. PDT The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Veggie Booty Snack Food, a popular snack product, is being recalled nationwide due to reports of salmonella poisoning cases in Oregon and 16 other states possibly linked to the product.

All Veggie Booty Snack Food products are being recalled, according to the manufacturer, Robert's American Gourmet in Sea Cliff, N.Y.

At least 51 cases of salmonella poisoning have been identified nationally that are believed to be linked to the product, almost all are among toddlers or infants, according to the Oregon Department of Human Services.


Thomas Trains Recalled

June 15, 2007

Wow, sometimes seemingly benign things can be quite dangerous.  Two different urbanMamas have notified us about a Thomas train recall for the trains being painted with lead paint.  There's a lot of description referring to the packaging, but our packaging is LONG GONE!  So, I guess we'll dig out all the trains and compare them to the pictures on the page.  Some more basic information about the recall:

Sold at: Toy stores and various retailers nationwide from January 2005 through June 2007 for between $10 and $70.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled toys away from young children immediately and contact RC2 Corp. for a replacement toy.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact RC2 Corp. toll-free at (866) 725-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. CT Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at recalls.rc2.com

Tahini Recall

May 24, 2007

This public service has been brought to you by Amy:

Whole Foods brand 365 Organic Sesame Tahini and MaraNatha Sesame Tahini (all four types: raw, roasted, organic and natural, with use-by date of 10/2/07 or earlier).  Both brands have been recalled for possible salmonella contamination. The FDA doesn't have anything posted yet, but there is a link to info here:

http://www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125-1566_2404_2437-169173--,00.html