Little Tikes, an Ohio based toy manufacturer, has announced the recall of roughly 540,000 toddler swings in the U.S. after receiving two reports of young children falling and breaking their arms. Little Tikes told U.S. Authorities that 140 incidents have been reported leading to a total of 39 injured children in connection with their 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure pink toddler swings. In addition to the abovementioned children, other toddlers suffered bruises, lacerations, and head traumas. According to officials in each of the incidents the plastic seat in question “can crack or break, posing a fall hazard.”
Products with string, small parts or gaps can pose strangulation hazards for small children. In May, Powell Company recalled approximately 6,300 bean bag chairs due to a zipper that exposed small pellets that posed suffocation and strangulation hazards. This week, an apparel company is recalling a child’s clothing item that poses a strangulation hazard.
In early May, the CPSC announced that Williams-Sonoma agreed to pay a civil penalty of $987,500 for failure to immediately report a product defect in October 2008. Pottery Barn, which is a division of Williams-Sonoma, recalled approximately 30,000 Chesapeake Hammock Stands due to a wood deterioration problem that could cause the beams to break.
Common products that are made for infants and children may not always be designed or manufactured properly to ensure safety. This past February, Musty USA recalled approximately 340 of the popular EVO strollers after inspections revealed they may pose a strangulation hazard. Young children could potentially slip through the front bar, and the child’s neck could get caught in the gap.