When you own a child care center , your number one priority must be to keep children safe by maintaining a secure and healthy environment. Infants may be at risk of entrapment, suffocation, strangulation, injury or asphyxiation if childcare products prove to be faulty. Parents and child care providers MUST check regularly with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall list which can be found at cpsc.gov. You can even sign up to be on an email list which will inform you of current recalls. They continually updated the recall list, so be sure to check frequently for recalls on toys, cribs, and child care equipment. Depending on the severity of the recall, the manufacturer might mail kits with parts to repair faulty products. Sometimes consumers are told to take the product back to where they were purchased for refunds, store credits or replacement items.
Recent Children’s Products Recalls, June 2012
In order to reduce the risk of injury or even death of children in your care, it is important to take note of the following product recalls. All information is taken directly from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website. Here are SOME of the most recent product recalls:
June 14, 2012: Strollers Recalled by Kolcraft Due to Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazards. Name of Product: Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers, manufactures by Kolcraft Enterprises Inc., of Chicago Ill. “A child or consumer’s finger can become caught in the opening formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism which is used to adjust the handlebars on the strollers. This presents an amputation and laceration hazard to children and the adults handling the stroller.” This recall involves Kolcraft Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers. Strollers included in the recall have model numbers starting with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018. On the ZL002 model, the model number and date of manufacture is printed on a sticker above the left wheel. On the ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018 models, the model number and date of manufacture is printed on a label sewn into the edge of back of the stroller seat pad. The strollers were manufactured from January 2006 through November 2009 and sold in various color schemes.Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact the company to receive a free repair kit. For additional information, please contact Kolcraft at (800) 453-7673 between 8 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.kolcraft.com
June 13, 2012- Dorel Juvenile Group voluntarily recalls two infant car seat models: IC123FSM (COMFY CARRY) and IC124FSM (ONBOARD 35), because they were lacking the latch attachment assembly which is required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards . The Comfy Carry and the Onboard 35 seats sold by Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) were distributed without separate bases with the required lower anchors and tethers for children, or LATCH, system. The recall includes model numbers IC123 FSM and IC124 FSM made from May 1, 2011 through April 25, 2012. Owners will be contacted by DJG with information on how to get a free infant base with LATCH. Car seat owners can also call 1-877-416-8111 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit the company’s website for the free replacement.
June 7, 2012: California Innovations Expands Recall of Freezer Gel Packs Due to Ingestion Hazard
Name of Product: Ice/Hot and Ice Gel Packs, Imported by California Innovations Inc., of Toronto, Canada. If the packs become damaged, they can leak gel that could contain diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, which can cause illness if ingested in large amounts. Mass merchandise and warehouse stores, other retailers, distributors and on-line sellers nationwide between July 2007 and December 2008 in items that retailed between $5 and $28.Consumers should immediately stop using the gel packs and dispose of them according to federal, state and/or local regulations. It is recommended that consumers contact their local waste disposal authority for instructions. Consumers can contact California Innovations to receive a $6 cash refund for large (8.5-inch x 8-inch) Cryofreeze gel packs or a $5 cash refund for all other gel packs.
June 5, 2012: Evenflo Recalls Convertible High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard. Name of Product: Convertible high chairs, Distrubted by Evenflo Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio. The activity tray on the high chair can unexpectedly detach and allow an unrestrained child to fall, posing a risk of injury to the child. Evenflo has received 18 reports of trays that detached, including eight reports of children who fell from the high chair and sustained bumps and bruises. This recall involves Evenflo high chairs that convert from a high chair to toddler-size table and chair. The convertible high chair can be identified by the model names and numbers listed below. Model numbers are located on a label on the lower portion of one of the high chair’s legs.
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Consumers with the recalled highchairs should immediately contact Evenflo for a replacement tray with installation and use instructions. For additional information, please contact Evenflo at (800) 233-5921 between 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at http://safety.evenflo.com
Toys, furniture and other equipment is an expensive investment for a daycare business, However it is an investment that is essential for licensed daycare providers that care for infants. Be aware that if you must buy used cribs and furniture for your daycare center it is imperative that you check against the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall list to be sure the product has not been previously recalled.
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