Recall Watch: Faulty Child Safety Items


Tens of thousands of child safety items are being recalled for faults that could lead to falls, bumped heads and bruises.

Target Stores (Stock Quote: TGT) are recalling about 43,000 Circo Booster Seats with restraint buckles that can open unexpectedly and cause falls and injuries. The company has received eight reports of the problem including three involving children being bruised.

The booster seats were sold at Target stores nationwide from December 2008 through June 2009 for about $13, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. The recalled items include those with manufacture date codes XJ0811, XJ0812, XJ0901 and XJ0902 printed on the backside of the seat.

Consumers should stop using the booster seat and return it to the nearest Target store for a full refund. Target can be reached at (800) 440-0680 or online at for more information.

Stair Gates Also Recalled

Separately, Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gates may not be so safe after all. About 131,500 of the gates, meant to prevent small children from accessing stairs unattended, have been recalled after reports that the hinges that hold the gate in place can break. They were sold in stores nationwide, including Babies R Us and Toys R Us. The gates were also sold online at (Stock Quote: WMT) and other retailers from January 2005 through July 2009 for about $60.

Consumers should stop using the gate and contact the manufacturer, Dorel Juvenile Group USA, to obtain a free repair kit.  The company can be reached at (866) 690-2540, and consumers can complete an online order for a free repair kit or e-mail the company at

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