Oftentimes, parents get hand-me-down baby products from family members and friends or buy used baby products using popular person to person sales websites like craigslist. The problem with reusing baby products is that unsuspecting parents may be using dangerous baby products which have been recalled.
In 2013, dozens of baby products were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Below is a list of baby products which were recalled in 2013. This list is not exhaustive and does not include baby products recalled in previous years. Parents should periodically check the CPSC website to learn about baby product recalls.
1. 150,000 Baby Napping Products
Recall Date: June 14, 2013
Over 150,000 Nap Nanny products were sold in the U.S. both online and in stores between 2009 and 2012 for about $130.
In December 2012, various retailers voluntarily stopped selling the Nap Nanny. Then on June 14, 2013, the CPSC issued a recall in conjunction with the manufacturer as part of a settlement agreement.
During 2009-2012, the CPSC received almost 100 incident reports involving infants who were found hanging or fell over the side, despite use of the restraining harness. Five infants died.
What to Do – Stop Using the Product and Contact the Retailer for a Refund
The product manufacturer and distributor is now out of business. However, parents who purchased the Nap Nanny from Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, or ToysRUs/BabiesRUs can contact the individual retailer about obtaining a refund.
2. 4 Million Baby Seats, Recalled in 2012*
*Bumbo seats were recalled in 2012, but due to the size and importance of the recall, it is included in this list.
Baby Bumbo seats are designed to help infants sit up and are constructed of hard foam. About 4 million Bumbo seats in the U.S. were recalled in 2012. The Bumbo seat was previously recalled in 2007 to include a label about prohibiting use of the seat on a raised surface.
They were sold online and in stores from retailers such as Sears, Target, ToysRUs/BabiesRUs, USA Babies, Walmart, etc., from 2003 through 2012 for between $30 and $50.
Babies can wiggle or fall out of the seat, which poses a serious risk of injury. Even after the 2007 recall, there were 50 incidents involving use of the seat while on raised surfaces, 19 of which included reports of skull fractures. Additional incident reports involved babies who fell out of the chair while on the floor or at unknown surface levels, 2 of which involved skull fractures.
What to Do – Stop Using the Product & Contact the Manufacturer for a Repair Kit
A free repair kit is available from the manufacturer. The kit includes a restraint belt and safety instructions. Visit www.recall.BumboUSA.com or call (866) 898-4999.
To see the remaining recalled baby products on this list, click here for part 2 of this article.
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