If your child care center cares for infants and toddlers, your number one priority must be to keep them safe by maintaining a secure and healthy environment. High chairs and strollers can be extremely dangerous for young children if they are not built correctly. Infants and toddlers may be at risk of falling and choking hazards if these childcare products prove to be faulty. Take note of the following recent high chairs and stroller recalls:
2009 High Chair Recalls:
April 2009: Evenflo Recalls Envision High Chairs Due to Fall and Choking Hazards manufactured by Evenflo Company Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio, 643,000 units. “Recline fasteners and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, allowing the seatback to detach or recline unexpectedly. Children can fall backwards or fall out of the high chair and suffer bumps and bruises to the head, abrasions, cuts and bruises. Detached hardware also poses a choking hazard to children”.
April 2009: Evenflo Expands Recall of Majestic High Chairs Due to Fall and Choking Hazards, Manufactured by Evenflo Company Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio 90,000 units (95,000 were recalled in December 2008). “Plastic caps and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, allowing the seatback to suddenly fall back or detach from the high chair. Children can fall backwards or fall out of the high chair and suffer bumps and bruises to the head, broken bones, abrasions, cuts and bruises. Detached hardware also poses a choking hazard to children”.
March 2009: Fisher-Price Recalls 3-in-1 High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard, manufactured by Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y. 24,000 units were recalled.” The seat can fall backwards from high chair frame if the booster seat release is unlatched while the child is in the product. Also, the seat back can detach if not fully snapped in place, posing a fall hazard and risk of serious injury to young children”.
2009 Stroller Recalls
August 2009: Baby Jogger City Mini Strollers Recalls Strollers Due to Fall Hazard, manufactured by Baby Jogger LLC, of Richmond, Va., 41,000 units recalled. “The stroller’s restraint buckle could break or unlatch allowing the child or infant to fall out”.
June 2009: Bugaboo Recalls Strollers Due to Risk of Brake Failure, Bugaboo Bee Strollers manufactured by Bugaboo Design & Sales, B.V., of the Netherlands. 22,500 units were recalled. “One or both sides of the brakes can fail, causing a stroller to unexpectedly roll away on an incline. This can pose a risk of injury to the child occupant”.
Parents and child care providers MUST check 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 update the recall list, so be sure to check frequently for recalls on toys, cribs, and daycare 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.
Strollers and high chairs are 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 strollers or high chairs 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 crib has not been previously recalled.
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