The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today that it is recalling
approximately 213,000 play yards with bassinets because of concern that
the infant product posses a suffocation risk. The recall includes Eddie
Bauer Complete Care Play Yards and Safety 1st Disney Care Center™
There are no reports of any related injuries to date. Hover, the metal bars that support the sleeper’s floorboard can come out through the fabric sleeves. If this happens, the sleeping surface of the bassinet may become uneven. This can cause an infant to suffer from positional asphyxiation or suffocate.
Dorel Juvenile Group will provide consumers with a free repair kit. Consumers
should stop using the bassinet portion that attaches to the play yard
until the fix can be made.
Just last week, the CPSC and IKEA Home Furnishings recalled approximately 600 LEOPARD Highchairs because they pose a potential fall hazard or suffocation danger. If the snap locks that secure the seat breaks, the child and the seat can fall through the highchair’s frame. There is also concern that a young child might choke on detached snap locks. To date, there is one report of a baby sustaining leg bruises after falling. Another child reportedly was able to chew off one of the locks.
In the wake of ongoing recalls involving child and infant products, federal regulators have approved a new rule mandating that manufacturers keep a list of customers so that it is easier to let parents know if a product is considered dangerous or defective.
The companies that make high chairs, cribs, strollers, gates, toddler beds, bath seats, booster chairs, play yards, hook-on chairs, infant carriers, children’s folding tables, bed rails, activity centers, walkers, bassinets, changing tables, cradles, bathtubs, slings, and bouncers will have to include a registration card with each product so that they can put together their consumer lists.
While quick notification will hopefully prevent more child injuries caused by defective infant products from happening, there are still children and babies who may be hurt before (and even after) a recall is issued.
Dorel Juvenile Group Voluntarily Recalls Bassinets on Select Play Yards, Offering Parents Free Bassinet Repair Kit, PR Newswire, December 30, 2009
CPSC approves final rule on registration card program for infant, toddler products, Kids Today, December 29, 2009
Recall: IKEA highchair, Chicago Tribune, December 22, 2009
Related Web Resources:
US Consumer Product Safety Commission
Nursery Product-Related Injuries and Deaths
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