CPSC: Kids’ Product Recalls on the Rise

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — This week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced recalls on baby monitors, children’s watches, bassinets and cribs.

On Thursday IKEA announced it would voluntarily pull about 26,000 SNIGLAR cribs, and Walt Disney said it plans to shelve about 1,200 Buzz Lightyear, Tinker Bell and Lightning McQueen light-up watches. Meanwhile, the Burlington Basket Company is voluntarily recalling about 500,000 bassinets.

Is the CPSC cracking down on kids’ products?

“We focus on products that have the potential for harm,” Carl Purvis, a CPSC spokesperson, told MainStreet. Purvis said that overall the CPSC has seen an increase in kids’ product recalls since the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a federal law that imposes higher safety standards on children’s items, went into effect in August 2008. 

The influx of recalls, Purvis pointed out, does come with one caveat.

“What’s interesting is that the numbers for toy-related recalls and deaths have declined,” Purvis said, explaining that statistics for toys are tracked separately from children’s products.

While Purvis said the most recent round of kids’ product recalls isn’t due to an increased focus from the CPSC, the agency did launch a special initiative focusing on crib safety. In December, the CPSC approved new mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs. The standards banned drop-side cribs - which led to a slew of crib recalls - but also required that the cribs feature stronger mattress support and more durable hardware, which consumers are seeing now. 

IKEA recalled its SNIGLAR cribs, for instance, because the four bolts provided to secure the mattress are not long enough, which can cause the mattress to detach and collapse, creating a risk of entrapment and suffocation for the child in the crib.

A recent CPSC safety alert also led to an increased number of recalls on baby monitors.

“Back in October, we focused on [baby] monitors after we found that monitors with cords attached posed a safety hazard,” Purvis said.

The Summer Infant recall from earlier this week was actually a late addition to the list of products affected by 2010 safety alert, warning parents not to place these and other corded cameras within three feet of the crib.

For information on the this week’s recalls, check out MainStreet’s recall roundup.

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