The CPSC recently recalled 54,000 “metoo” clip-on chairs sold by Phil & Teds USA Inc. The chairs clip-on to the edge of a dining room or other table. They can come loose causing a fall. The company will provide a repair kit so that the chairs are safe. It is recommended not to use the chair until the kit is acquired. Video Link
August 24, 2011
February 21, 2011
Summer Infant has issued a voluntary recall of its Baby Monitors to provide new product labels and instructions for baby video monitors with electric cords. This action is to warn of a strangulation hazard of placing the electric cords on baby monitors too close to cribs within a child’s reach. There have been seven reports of deaths from all brands of baby monitor cords since 2004. To receive more information or to receive a FREE Safe Installation Guide and Cord Warning label contact them at 800-426-8627 or this link.
March 4, 2010
The new Lock-n-Block Sliding Door Gate is the only safety gate on the market to work specifically on sliding glass patio doors. It simply snaps into place without any tools needed and provides safety and fresh air at the same time. You can even use the screen door with it installed. Great for kids and pets as well. Safeguard you deck, patio, or balcony.
Some people have tried to use pressure gates at sliding doors in the past but they never fit or worked well because they were not made specifically for that.
This gate was invented by an independent inventor and has been in development for several years. We are glad that it is finally available because it definitely meets a need.
December 16, 2009
The Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council announced a voluntary recall to repair all Roman shades and Roll-up blinds to prevent a strangulation hazard to young children. This recall involves millions of shades and blinds that can form a loop and cause strangulation. It is reported, that since 1990, more than 200 infants have died from window blind cords.
Consumers can obtain free retrofit kits at www.windowcoverings.org or by phone at 1-800-506-4636.
Remember the following tips:
- Make sure all shades and blinds in your home do not have accessible cords on the front, side or back
- Move kids cribs, beds, and furniture away from windows and cords
- Keep all window cords out of reach of young children
- If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut
Products that can help:
October 27, 2008
The Seat Snug is a great new product on the market that enhances both the safety and comfort of children riding in booster seats.
Children in booster seats are at risk of injury and death due to seatbelt slack (looseness). A standard seatbelt allows slack to develop in the lap belt portion while children (or adults!) are riding in a vehicle. Seatbelt slack is acknowledged in the auto industry as a major contributor to injuries and deaths in vehicular accidents.
By gently securing a child while riding in a booster seat, SeatSnug® substantially eliminates bouncing, rocking, tipping, falling over, submarining, and ejection, thus reducing the potential for injuries and death in vehicular accidents. At the same time, SeatSnug® improves child stability and comfort.
September 25, 2008
I recently attended a kids trade show and found this great product that I am now offering.
Keeping children safe during flight has long been a concern of parents worldwide. The Child Aviation Restraint System -CARES is the world’s first passenger restraint system specifically designed for children. It is the first such device approved by the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA). The system is certified for children who weigh between 22 to 44 pounds occupying their own seat. This supplemental restraint interfaces with the existing standard seat belt producing a low-cost, easy and effective solution for child safety.
- No more lugging BULKY car seats onto planes, simply check it and bring your CARES
- CARES weighs only 1 pound, comes in a handy 6″ carrying sack, and takes only one minute to install
- Fits most economy or domestic first class airline seats
- Enhanced safety for your child during take off, landing, and turbulence
- The only alternative to a car seat
- Winner of the following Awards:National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, iParenting Media Award Winner, Good Housekeeping Award, Natioanl Parenting Publications Gold Award, Crystal Cabin Award, Mr. Dad Seal of Approval
This unique product is a great solution for parents traveling with small children and is a must have.
September 6, 2007
September is Baby Safety Month. The Juvenille Products Manufactures Association (JPMA) has sponsored it yearly for 24 years. The JPMA has created a non-manufacturer specific brochure called ‘Safe & Sound for Baby’ to guide parents and care givers in baby product safety, use and selection. It covers Bassinets/Cradles, Bath Seats, Carriages and Strollers, Carriers/Swings, Car Seats/Boosters, Changing Tables, Cribs, Gates/Enclosures, High Chairs, Infant Seats/Bouncers, Play Yards, Bed Rails, Hook-On Chairs, Activity Centers, Toddler Beds, Walkers, Crib Toys/Pacifiers and a list of Household Dangers. It has a lot of good information about product selection that I wanted to pass along. Click Here to view the online version.
August 16, 2007
Mattel announced recalls Tuesday for 9 million more Chinese-made toys, including popular Barbie, Polly Pocket and “Cars” movie items, and warned that more could be ordered off store shelves because of lead paint and tiny magnets that could be swallowed.
The recalls came nearly two weeks after Mattel Inc., the nation’s largest toy-maker, recalled 1.5 million Fisher-Price infant toys worldwide, which were also made in China, because of possible lead-paint hazards for children.
The government warned parents to make sure children are not playing with any of the recalled toys.
Nancy A. Nord, acting Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman, said no injuries had been reported with any of the products involved in Tuesday’s recalls. She said the recalls were intentionally broad to prevent injuries.
Several injuries had been reported in an earlier Polly Pocket recall last November. At least one U.S. child has died and 19 others have needed surgery since 2003 after swallowing magnets used in toys, the government said.
The recall announced Tuesday include about 9.3 million play sets that contain small, powerful magnets. Among the toys are Polly Pocket dolls and Barbie and Tanner play sets, along with Batman and OnePiece Triple Slash Zolo Roronoa action figures, and Doggie Day Care. Many of the magnetic toys are older and may have been purchased as early as 2003.
Also recalled Tuesday were 253,000 of Mattel’s die-cast cars modeled after “Sarge” in the cartoon movie “Cars” that contain lead paint.
On Aug. 2, Mattel recalled about 1.5 million Chinese-made Fisher-Price toys — including characters such as Dora the Explorer, Big Bird and Elmo — that contain lead paint. In June, about 1.5 million Thomas & Friends wooden railway toys, imported from China and distributed by the RC2 Corp. were recalled because of lead paint.
Lead is toxic if ingested by young children. Under current regulations, children’s products found to have more than .06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which negotiated details of Mattel’s recalls, reported that in the previous recall of Polly Pocket play sets Nov. 21, 2006, three children had been injured by swallowing more than one magnet. All three suffered intestinal perforations that required surgery.
When more than one magnet is swallowed, they can attach to each other and cause intestinal perforation, infection or blockage, which can be fatal.
In March 2006, another toy company, Mega Brands Inc., recalled 3.8 million Magnetix magnetic building sets after one child died and four others were seriously injured after swallowing tiny magnets in them.