Registration important to keep up with recalls

August 30, 2010 10:08:10 AM PDT
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
    http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml10/10321.html

    CIRCUS WORLD BABY MONITOR -- RECALLED FOR OVERHEATING
    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10318.html

    MACLAREN STROLLER -- RECALLED FOR FINGER AMPUTATIONS
    http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10033.html

    DROP SIDE CRIBS -- RECALLED FOR ENTRAPMENT DANGER, SUFFOCATION AND FALL
    http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10302.html
    http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10278.html
    http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10274.html

    NAP NANNY -- RECALLED DUE TO ENTRAPMENT HAZARDS, ONE INFANT DEATH REPORTED
    http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10309.html

    PORTABLE PLAY YARD TENTS BY TOS IN MIND -- STRANGULATION HAZARD
    http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10303.html

    For more children's product recalls, visit www.kidsindanger.org


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