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Kids in Danger Outlines Children’s Product Recall Trends of 2012

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 21, 2013

The organization Kids in Danger has released a report discussing trends in children’s product recalls from last year.  The agency has been doing this for the past ten years or so, and parents and consumers should check out the information in order to inform themselves about what types of dangerous products were recalled from shelves.  The information can also help you understand how the current safety climate is shaped by the past.

First, let’s deal with some of the good news.  97 children’s items were recalled in 2012, marking the first time since 2004 that the number of such products was below 100.  What’s also reassuring to hear is the fact that these recalled products make up less than 30% of the overall number of recalled items.  The organization believes that testing and heightened safety benchmarks could have contributed to these numbers.

But even though the number of recalls announced was lower than it has been in years, incidents stemming from those products are actually on the incline.  They rose by 49% to 2,525, with injuries increasing by a disappointing 42% to 232.  But nowhere is the contrast more stark than in the number of fatalities.  Nine people died last year due to children’s products; eight were children and one was an adult, an increase in fatalities of 200%.

So just what types of products appear to be the most susceptible to recalls?  Unfortunately, those items meant for the youngest kids, nursery products, posted the largest percentage of recalled units.  31% of the kids’ items recalled fall into this category, and 23% of those are strollers.

Infant recliners such as the Chill and the Nap Nanny are of particular concern.  At issue is the fact that a child can fall over the side, becoming entrapped or injured, a defect which also plagued the Peapod travel bed.  Tots in Mind Crib Tents, another sleeping area, was also recalled for an entrapment and strangulation threat.  In the case of the Nap Nanny and the Chill, it wasn’t manufacturers but retailers who decided to cease selling the items.  A lawsuit has been filed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make a manufacturer’s recall mandatory.

Clothing was also recalled in multiple instances.  There were three chief reasons for this:  first, the items could have drawstrings that pose a strangulation hazard, or second, they could have buttons and snaps that could fall off and be swallowed.  The third reason has to do with the clothing not meeting flammability standards.

It’s also somewhat disconcerting to hear how many incidents sometimes had to be reported before a recall was initiated.  The Flexible Flyer Swing Set leads the pack with a whopping 1,232 reports prior to the recall, but other items also had dozens if not hundreds of reports made before a recall was issued.

Parents can sign up for a recall service from the CPSC and the NHTSA, and they should also report an incident at once if something ever happens to them or their children.

Mini Micro Scooters Recalled by Kickboard USA for Laceration Risk

By PSB Admin on August 29, 2012

Kickboard USA has announced the voluntary recall of approximately 5,600 scooter products. The recall is for the three-wheeled Mini Micro scooter. This product contains a plastic platform that can break and thus lacerate children using the item. Model numbers include MM0079, MM0080, MM0109, and MM0113.  If you have this product, please discontinue use immediately and contact the company for a replacement.

For more about the recall, click here.

Zen Magnets Sued by CPSC Over Magnet Ball Injury Threat

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on August 16, 2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed an administrative complaint against the company that manufactures Zen Magnets Rare Earth Magnet Balls, claiming that their high-powered magnetic balls are potentially fatal if swallowed and are being marketed to children without adequate safety warnings. The CPSC seeks to force the company to stop selling their product, issue a recall, and offer full refunds to consumers.

Click here to learn more about the complaint.

4 Million Bumbo Baby Seats Recalled For Child Extrication Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on August 15, 2012

Four million Bumbo Baby Seats have been recalled by the South Africa-based Bumbo International Trust.  Since 2007, there have been 50 reported incidents where a baby has actually been able to crawl out of the seats, and in 19 of those instances, a skull fracture was incurred by the child.  A previous recall had been announced for 1 million seats five years ago.  Consumers should cease use and order a repair kit, which will be given for free.

Follow this link to learn more about the recall.

Kenta Child Carriers Recalled by Liberty Mountain For Fall Threat

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on August 1, 2012

400 Kenta Plus and Kenta child carriers are being recalled throughout Canada and the United States by the Salt Lake City-based Liberty Mountain.  These backpack-esque carriers have a defect wherein a seam in the side strap is in danger of unraveling and leading the component to separate, which would allow the strapped-in kid to slip out of the device.  Customers are being advised to speak with Liberty Mountain to determine where best to return the German-made VAUDE product.

To learn more about the recall, click here.

CPSC Files Complaint to Stop Sale of Buckyballs and Buckycubes

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on July 27, 2012

Most of the time, when a company is alerted to a defect within one of the products they’ve marketed, said firm simply complies with recall directives as set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  The CPSC has only filed one administrative complaint against a company in the past 11 years.

That track record changed a couple days ago, however, when the CPSC voted 3 to 1 to sue Maxfield & Oberton Holdings LLC, a company based out of New York City.  Recently, the CPSC and the company met to discuss steps that could be taken to implement a successful recall plan in regards to Buckycubes and Buckyballs.  Those talks did not lead to the two sides reaching an agreement.

It all began in 2009, when the CPSC began fielding complaints relating to the ingestion of rare earth magnets.  These magnets, in addition to being contained within Buckycube and Buckyball toy sets, are often used by teenagers to make it look like they’ve had their tongue pierced when they really haven’t.  Unfortunately, this has led to accidental ingestion of the magnets.  Young children have also swallowed the items.  There exists a serious danger that if two or more magnets are swallowed, they can attract to each other, regardless of whether stomach lining or intestines are in the way.  This could cause serious health issues.

A dozen complaints arose in conjunction with Buckyballs, which contain 216 magnets.  Two years ago, the company issued a cooperative recall in order to change a label from reading “Ages 13+” to one saying the items should only be sold to persons older than 14.  Federal law prohibited the magnets from being sold to anyone younger than that.

After that cooperative recall was launched, reports of surgery involving magnets from the Buckyball sets continued to reach the CPSC.  In November of last year, Maxfield & Oberton and the CPSC attempted to raise awareness of the fact that the magnet sets should only be used by adults, but incident reports continued to flood in.

Because of all this, and because reports of toddlers finding the magnets continued to be filed, the CPSC seeks an immediate recall of the aforementioned products.  They want Maxfield & Oberton to warn the public of the defect, stop selling the items, and give refunds to anyone who has purchased the products.

The CPSC has reached out to various retailers to get them to cease selling not only these products, but other products contain similar magnets.  Many retailers have agreed.  The online platform eBay has also agreed to bar sellers from listing the hazardous magnet products as being for sale on their website.

There is as of yet no word from Maxfield & Oberton as to their response to the CPSC’s administrative complaint.  If you have one of these products, it’s best to be safe and cease use until the problem can be sorted out.

CPSC and Burlington Coat Factory Settle Children’s Outerwear Dispute

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on July 27, 2012

The New Jersey-based Burlington Coat Factory allegedly did not report selling a potentially dangerous article of children’s clothing between 2003 and 2010. The CPSC alleged that, even after the articles of clothing had been recalled, Burlington Coat Factory still sold them for about 4 years. The industry was warned of the strangulation and entanglement danger of garments with drawstrings in the 1990s, but Burlington Coat Factory reportedly failed to comply with subsequent regulations. The company has agreed to a civil penalty of $1.5 million, which is the largest penalty in history when it comes to children’s garments with drawstrings.

To learn more about the ruling, click here.

Peg Perego Strollers Recalled Over Potential Strangulation Threat

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on July 25, 2012

An alarming child death report has spurred the recall of Venezia and Pliko-P3 strollers by Peg Perego. The voluntary recall stems both from the reported death and the risk of children getting entrapped or strangled inside the strollers while in use. Owners of the potentially dangerous strollers are urged not to use them.  Consumers can instead contact Peg Perego, who will be giving out repair kits at no cost.

Click here to learn more about the recall.

Downeast Concepts Recalls 15,400 Kids Beach Chairs Over Exposed Rivets

By PSB Admin on July 23, 2012

Downeast Concepts has issued a recall on 15,400 of their kids’ folding beach chairs. A laceration hazard is the reason for the recall.  Sharp rivets exposed on the chair can be potentially harmful to children. For example, a 21-month-old girl fell and cut her head on the item. Consumers should return the chairs to Downeast Concepts to get their money back.

To learn more about the recall, click here.

Alex Model 786X Little Jumpers Trampoline Recalled Over Fall Risk

By PSB Admin on July 19, 2012

There has been a recall issued by Panline USA on the Alex Model 786X Little Jumpers Trampoline. Though no incidents have been reported yet, there exists the possibility that the handlebar could break, posing a fall threat to children. About 8,000 units were sold between January and March of 2012. Consumers should contact the company by phone or online to receive a replacement trampoline.

To learn more about the recall, click here.

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