Recall Watch: Baby Floats and Cribs


If you’re planning to take your little ones out to the pool or you’ve recently bought a new crib, keep an eye out for potential drowning and suffocation hazards associated with recalled products.

About 4 million flotation devices for babies are being recalled due to a drowning risk after reports that leg straps have torn causing babies to fall under water, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Separately, certain drop-side cribs are being recalled due to a suffocation hazard following one case of the entrapment and death of an 8-month-old.

While there have been no reports of injuries related to the inflatable baby floats, manufactured by Aqua-Leisure Industries, in Avon, Mass., there have been 31 reports of float seats tearing. 

The recalled floats were sold in a variety of styles and colors and a date between 08/02 and 07/08 is molded on the valves of recalled products, the CPSC says. Products with “NP” molded on the valve are not being recalled.  For a list of the floaty devices being recalled, go to

The products were sold at nationwide retailers including Target (Stock Quote: TGT), Toys “R” Us, Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT), Dollar General, Kmart (Stock Quote: SHLD),  Walgreens (Stock Quote: WAG), Ace Hardware, and Bed, Bath & Beyond (Stock Quote: BBBY) from December 2002 through June 2009 for between $8 and $15.

Consumers are urged to stop using these recalled inflatable baby floats and contact Aqua-Leisure at (866) 807-3998 for a full refund.

The recalled cribs, which were sold by Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc. of Reading, Pa., are linked to one death after a plastic connector on the drop side broke, causing the drop side to detach, and 25 other incidents in which the drop side detached from the crib. In two of the incidents, children became entrapped between the drop side and the crib mattress, but there were no reported injuries.

The cribs were sold at department stores, children’s stores, and nationwide retailers from January 2005 through June 2009 for between $150 and $300.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and return it to the store where purchased for a refund, replacement or store credit, the CPSC says.

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