Toddler Girl’s Hat and Mitten Sets Due to Choking Hazard

Author: Rosie

In: CPSC, Children's Safety, Product recall

Toddler Girl’s Hat and Mitten Sets safety recall was voluntarily conducted by Meijer Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich. in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.  Hazard: The magnets in the hat can detach and fall out, posing a choking and aspiration hazard to young children. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.  For more information on the recall, click here.

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Toy Safety Tips Before Shopping for Holiday Gifts

Author: Rosie

In: CPSC, Christmas 2008

The holidays are here and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has its list. Parents and gift buyers are encouraged to check it twice. Today, CPSC issued its annual holiday safety messages, joined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Safe Kids Worldwide, to remind parents to be diligent when making holiday shopping choices.  source

The top 5 toy hazards:

  • Scooters and other Riding Toys – Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn at all times and be sized to fit.

  • Small Balls and other Toys with Small Parts – For children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.

  • Balloons - Children under eight yrs. can choke or suffocate on un-inflated or broken balloons. Keep un-inflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.

  • Magnets – For children under age six, avoid building or play sets with small magnets. If magnets or pieces with magnets are swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can occur.

  • Chargers and Adapters – Charging batteries should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to children.

Once the gifts are open:

  • Immediately discard plastic wrappings on toys before they become dangerous play things.

  • Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.

  • Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any device to prevent overcharging.


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Change Smoke Alarms When Changing Your Clocks This Weekend

Author: Rosie

In: CPSC, Smoke Alarm

While changing your clock can keep you on time for work on Monday, putting fresh batteries in your smoke alarms can save your life.

CPSC urges consumers to install smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside sleeping areas, and inside each bedroom. To minimize nuisance alarms, install smoke alarms at least 10 feet from the stove and oven.

CPSC staff recommends installing both ionization and photoelectric type smoke alarms. Ionization type smoke alarms typically detect flaming fires more quickly, while photoelectric type smoke alarms typically detect smoldering fires sooner.

In addition to replacing smoke alarm batteries, consumers should test their smoke alarms every month to make sure they are operating properly – and never disable a smoke alarm. Long life smoke alarms with 10-year batteries are also available to consumers.  For more information, click here.

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Drowning Dangers Inside the Home

Author: Rosie

In: CPSC, Children's Safety, Drowning Dangers Inside The Home, Parent Tips

Water anywhere can be a potential drowning hazard. While pools are an obvious risk, parents should not let their guard down around other hazards such as bathtubs and buckets. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning parents that children need to be supervised around these common but sometimes hidden drowning dangers.

After pools, more children drown in bathtubs than in any other product in and around the home.  Most of these children were younger than 2 years old. Often these incidents involve caregivers leaving the room momentarily to answer the phone/door or to retrieve an item like a towel. In other incidents, an older sibling was left to watch a younger sibling.

CPSC recommends parents and caregivers follow these safety tips when children are around bathtubs, buckets, spas, or decorative ponds or fountains:

 Never leave young children alone even for a moment near any water. Young children can drown in even small amounts of water.  Always keep a young child within arm’s reach in a bathtub. If you must leave, take the child with you. Never leave to answer the phone, answer the door, get a towel or for any other reason.  Don’t leave a baby or toddler in a bathtub under the care of another young child.  Never leave a bucket containing even a small amount of liquid unattended. Toddlers can fall headfirst into buckets and drown. After using a bucket, always empty and store it where young children cannot reach it. Don’t leave buckets outside where they can collect rainwater.  Prevent children from gaining access to spas or hot tubs when not in use; always secure with safety covers and barriers.  Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). It can be a lifesaver when there are only seconds to act. Source


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Small Magnets Are Injuring Children

Author: Rosie

In: CPSC, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, Product recall

Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are again advising the public of the danger posed by small powerful magnets to children who can swallow them.  As you can see, these small magents can be smaller than a dime.

If a child swallows more than one magnet over a short period of time, the magnets can attract one another while travelling through the intestines.  When this happens, the magnets can slowly tear through the intestinal walls, and block or twist the intestines, and result in serious, possibly fatal, injuries.  

Small, powerful magnets are used more frequently today in toys, novelty jewellery items, and other household items and are particularly dangerous.  Recently, a five-year-old child in British Columbia required emergency surgery to remove two magnetic toy parts that she had swallowed.  Additionally, in the United States, there have been 33 cases of emergency surgery due to swallowed magnets had been reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The incidents demonstrate the serious nature of the hazard as well as the fact that older children are also putting the magnets or magnetic toy pieces in their mouths.  If powerful magnets are swallowed, there is risk of serious injury, regardless of the age of the child.  For more information, click here.

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Regent Sports Recalls Soccer Goal Nets Following Strangulation Death of a Child

Author: Rosie

In: CPSC, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Product recall, Regents Sports Corporation

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Regent Sports Corporation, of Hauppauge, N.Y., yesterday announced a voluntary recall of MacGregor Folding Soccer Goals, Mitre folding Soccer Goals. The fixed knot flexible openings in the soccer goal net can pose a head and neck entrapment or strangulation hazard to young children.  Regent Sports and CPSC have received two reports of head entanglement, including the strangulation death of a 20-month-old child who was found with his arm and neck tangled in the soccer goal net.  These nets were sold Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware and sports and toy stores nationwide from May 2002 through May 2008 for $26. Again, manufactured in China! Click here for more detailed information.

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KIDD SAFETY - things your child must know

Author: Rosie

In: CPSC, Children's Health, Children's Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kidd Safety, Parent Tips

Safety is very serious, but kids can have fun and be safe too.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a website geared for kids, click here.  Topics covered; Playground Safety, Bike Helmets, Bike Safety and Scooters.  Check out all the Kidd’s Challenging Safety games and more, with your child today.

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Circo Children’s Bobbie Socks Recalled Due to Choking Hazard

Author: Rosie

In: CPSC, Circo Rosette Bobbie Socks, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Product recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Circo Rosette Bobbie Socks, today announced a voluntary recall of this product. Importer: Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.  The ribbon on the sock can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. For more information, click here


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Recall - Action Baby Carriers Due to Fall Hazard

Author: Rosie

In: Action Baby Carrier, Baby, CPSC, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Product recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Optave Inc., of ALpena, Mich., announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.

Name of Product: Action Baby Carriers

Manufacturer: Optave Inc., of Alpena, Mich.

Hazard: The baby carrier’s chest strap can detach from the shoulder straps, posing a fall hazard to the baby.

Incidents/Injuries: Optave Inc. has received two reports of the chest strap detaching from the shoulder straps on the baby carrier. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled carriers were sold under the “Action Baby Carrier” brand name. The carriers are sold in various colors and patterns: blue, brown, green, "so square", "the larrisa" and "spring breeze."

Sold at: Specialty retail stores nationwide and Internet sites from May 2008 through June 2008 for between $80 and $90.

For more information, click here

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BACK TO SCHOOL - Sony recalls Notebook Computers due to burn hazard

Author: Rosie

In: Back to School, CPSC, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Product recall, Sony

September 4th, 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled certain VAIO TZ-series Notebook Computers, manufactured by Sony Electronics Inc., of San Diego, Calif.  Irregularly positioned wires near the computer’s hinge and/or a dislodged screw inside the hinge can cause a short circuit and overheating. This poses a burn hazard to consumers.  Consumers should stop using the recalled notebook computers immediately and contact Sony to determine if their notebook is affected. The firm will arrange for an inspection and repair, if needed.  For additional information, contact Sony at click hereSource

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Recall: Infants Strangled to Death in Simplicity Bassinets

Author: Rosie

In: CPSC, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Product recall

Infants Strangled to Death in Simplicity Bassinets: CPSC Urges Consumers To Stop Using Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 Convertible “Close-Sleeper” Models

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to stop using convertible “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets manufactured by Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa. CPSC has learned that on August 21, 2008, a 5-month-old girl from Shawnee, Kan. was strangled to death when she became entrapped between the bassinet’s metal bars. This is the second strangulation death CPSC has learned of in the close-sleeper bassinets. On September 29, 2007, a 4-month-old girl from Noel, Mo. became entrapped in the metal bars of the bassinet and died.

CPSC is issuing this safety alert because SFCA Inc., the company which purchased all of Simplicity Inc.’s assets at public auction in April 2008, has refused to cooperate with the government and recall the products. SFCA maintains that it is not responsible for products previously manufactured by Simplicity Inc.

The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets contain metal bars spaced farther apart than 2 3/8 inches, which is the maximum distance allowed under the federal crib safety standard. The metal bars are covered by an adjustable fabric flap which is attached by velcro. The fabric is folded down when the bassinet is converted into a bed-side co-sleeping position. If the velcro is not properly re-secured when the flap is adjusted, an infant can slip through the opening and become entrapped in the metal bars and suffocate. This warning does not cover bassinets produced in recent months that have fabric permanently attached over the lower bar.

Due to the serious hazard these bassinets pose to babies, CPSC urges all consumers to share this safety warning with day care centers, consignment stores, family and friends to ensure that no child is placed to sleep in a Simplicity convertible bassinet covered by this warning.

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