NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Every year thousands of kids are injured and hundreds killed from unsafe child products.
Despite many being recalled, according to the non-profit Kids in Danger, less than 10 percent are ever returned or fixed.
“And that’s a big problem,” said Kids in Danger executive director Nancy Cowles.
Cowles said parents often don’t know about the recalls and she said many companies don’t a good job at informing them.
“A lot of companies do an abysmal job of that,” Cowles said. “So a lot of products that are recalled usually end up staying in homes.”
With the help of Kids in Danger, here’s our top five potentially dangerous recalled child products.
Twelve-million cribs have been recalled since 2007. Many of the recalled cribs involve issues with moveable sides. Cribs manufactured before June 28, 2011 faced lower safety standards. Cowles said if you have an older crib to make sure to check the CPSC website to to find out if it was recalled.
Nearly a million Maclaren strollers sold between 1999 and 2009 have been recalled after reports of children’s fingertips being cut and even severed in exposed hinges. According to CPSC Nursery Product Reports, in 2011 an estimated 12,900 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with all strollers. Click here to learn about other stroller recalls.
Nutek Disposables issued a voluntary recall for its baby wipes because some packages may contain the potential dangerous bacteria called Burkholderia cepacia or B. cepacia. The health risk is for babies with weak immune systems. The wipes were sold at Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Family Dollar, Fred’s and Diapers.com under the names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and Well Beginnings.
Consumers who have purchased these wipes can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Nutek at 1.855.646.4351, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The problem with these popular child seats is dozens of babies have been injured when they’ve tipped the seat over and fallen out. Many of the serious injuries happened when parents placed the Bumbo on an elevated surface. If you own one of these child seats click here for information on how to order and install a free repair kit which includes a restraint belt.
While these high-powered magnet toy sets are supposed to be adult desk toys, they often end up in the hands and mouths of kids. The toy has been linked to more than 300 cases of magnet ingestion, according to the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Click here for more information about possible refunds.
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