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Toddler Swings Can Break Without Warning; Little Tikes Recalls 540,000

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.”


Button Batteries: Household Danger Hiding in Plain Sight

Every three hours, a child under the age of 18 visits an emergency room to be treated for button battery ingestion. In 2013 alone, 3,366 button battery ingestions were reported to the National Poison Data Center (NPDC), including 13 children who suffered severe injuries and 4 who died. The first description of a button battery […]

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Toys R Us Recalls More than 12,000 Toy Trunks Due to Laceration Hazard

Many products with sharp components have been recalled this year. Among these products, there have been a few small kitchen appliances. For instance, last month, Frigidaire had to recall approximately 14,000 blenders due to a blade shaft assembly that could break and pose a laceration hazard. In addition to hazardous kitchen products, there have also been a few children’s products with sharp pieces.

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The Children’s Place Recalls Approximately 38,000 Children’s Pajamas

Children’s pajamas must meet rigorous federal flammability standards in order to ensure they are as safe as possible. Many clothing items meant for children have been found to violate these standards. When this occurs, often a company will voluntarily recall the offending product. Last month, Klever Kids voluntarily recalled approximately 7,000 pajama sets and nightgowns because the products failed to follow federal flammability standards for sleepwear.

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Hatchette Book Group Recalls Approximately 70,000 Children’s Books

Many children’s products have been recalled this year due to choking hazards. It may be hard to detect which product could be hazardous, but many consumer watchdogs report hazards to manufacturers and the CPSC. Then, recalls are issued. Recently, Build-A-Bear recalled approximately 25,000 stuffed “Sulley” toys due to eyes that can detach and be dangerous to young children.

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Build-A-Bear Recalls Approximately 25,000 Stuffed Toys Due to Choking Hazard

It is important for parents of young children to examine and assess all toys given to their young ones. Often, certain toys can pose a choking hazard. Last month, Holgate Toys had to issue a recall for 5,000 playmat sets due to small pieces that children could potentially choke on. Another popular toy is now being recalled.

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HALO Innovations Recalls About 27,000 Wearable Blankets Due to Choking Hazard

Babies and toddlers are some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and as such, baby and toddler products should be designed and manufactured in a safe manner. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. For instance, in January, some of Bugaboo International’s high end baby strollers were found to pose both fall and choking hazards due to the seat handles potentially detaching.

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Toysmith Recalls Light-Up Toys Due to Choking Hazard

Some of the most hazardous children’s products are those that could unintentionally become choking hazards. If a particular toy is found to contain small pieces that are hazardous, then the manufacturer might be tasked with issuing a recall of the product. For example, Fred & Friends had to recall approximately 47,500 baby rattles due to pellets that could spill out of the rattles and pose a choking hazard for young children.

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Children’s Ladybug Furniture Recalled Due to Excessive Amounts of Lead

The Consumer Product Safety Act, passed in 2008, established new, stricter standards for products containing lead. The law states that products can contain no more than 90 milligrams per kilogram of lead in paint. Often, an excessive amount of lead can be found in children’s products, and sometimes the manufacturer of a product has to issue a recall to protect young children from ingesting lead.

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Renaissance Imports Recalls About 5,000 Girls Boots Due to Laceration Hazard

One of the main functions of clothing and apparel is to provide the wearer increased protection from environmental conditions. Unfortunately, sometimes apparel is manufactured with flawed pieces that could actually harm whoever is wearing the article of clothing. Last week, 5 Star Kids recalled about 48,000 children’s jackets because the drawstrings posed a strangulation hazard.

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