CPSC Attempts to Prevent Injuries to Children with Recalls of Smith + Noble Roman and Roller Shades, Kariño Baby Pacifiers, and Tots in Mind Playards

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced several recalls in the past week geared toward preventing serious injuries to children. The most recent one comes today with the recall of approximately 1,160,000 Roman shades and 115,000 roller shades made by Smith + Noble. The shades pose a strangulation hazard that can occur in the event that the child’s neck either gets ensnared in the shade cord or stuck between the Roman shade and the exposed inner cord. So far, there has been just one report of a child, a 5-year-old Washington boy, getting entangled in a roller shade’s unsecured continuous loop bead cord. Fortunately, he did not require medical attention. Shade owners should request a free repair kit.
Just two days before, the CPSC recalled about 44,900 Kari√±o Baby Pacifiers distributed by Antonio Flores. The pacifier do not meet federal safety standard and poses an aspiration risk and choking hazard to young kids. The pacifier’s mouth guard isn’t large enough and lacks ventilation holes. Also, its handle is too long and the nipple is easy to separate from the base. It is important to take the pacifier away from your child right away and contact Antonio Flores to request your refund.
Last Thursday, the CPSC and Health Canada recalled approximately 20,000 Cozy Indoor Outdoor Portable Playard Tents Plus Cabana Kits. The playard can pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard if the clips attaching the tent to the playard break or come off. At that point, a child in the playard is at risk of becoming entrapped between the tent’s metal base rod and the playard frame. One boy, age 2, died from injuries he sustained in the playard during a Maine entrapment accident. Consumers are being urged to stop using the playard tents and contact Tots in Mind Inc. to request a free replacement kit.
Our child injury lawyers are pleased to hear about the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s increased efforts to clear the marketplace of products that can cause serious injuries to children. That said, there are still a lot of products with defects that continue to place kids’ lives at risk, including poorly designed and manufactured clothing, shades, nursery products, furniture, child safety seats, toys, jewelry, playground rides, chests, and household d√©cor.
Smith+Noble window shades recalled, UPI.com, July 22, 2010
Karino pacifiers recalled due to choking hazard, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, July 20, 2010
Safety regulators have new urgency over baby products, USA Today, July 21, 2010
Play yard tents recalled after child’s death, AP, July 15, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Child Safety, Consumer Reports

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