August 30, 2010 --
Parents may not realize it, but just about every month, there are new products being recalled that may pose a health risk to children.Nancy Cowles with Kids in Danger, a Chicago-based group dedicated to improving children's product safety, said registering products is key to keeping parents informed of recalls. A new law requires manufacturers to include registration cards in their packaging, as well as allow for online registration.
The 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act requires: New stronger mandatory standards for durable infant and toddler products ? such as the new crib standard voted on by CPSC this month. A system of product registration - both cards to mail in and online options -- to help parents register their products and manufacturers to contact them in the event of the recall. A requirement that cribs that don't meet current standards can't be sold or otherwise put in the stream of commerce -- eliminating old unsafe cribs on eBay, in hotels or childcare facilities.
Some recent recalls:
ZOOPER DOUBLE-STROLLER -- RECALLED FOR COLLAPSING
CIRCUS WORLD BABY MONITOR -- RECALLED FOR OVERHEATING
MACLAREN STROLLER -- RECALLED FOR FINGER AMPUTATIONS
DROP SIDE CRIBS -- RECALLED FOR ENTRAPMENT DANGER, SUFFOCATION AND FALL
NAP NANNY -- RECALLED DUE TO ENTRAPMENT HAZARDS, ONE INFANT DEATH REPORTED
PORTABLE PLAY YARD TENTS BY TOS IN MIND -- STRANGULATION HAZARD
For more children's product recalls, visit www.kidsindanger.org