Parent Tips: Keeping up with Product Recalls

In this economy, we are all trying to save money.  So off we go to the garage sale or craigslist to pick up cribs, carriers, clothing or toys.  But how do you know if the crib you are getting is safe?  Well, you can check out products being recalled through http://www.cpsc.gov/en/  ?  And, you can be put on their mailing list for alerts by signing up at http://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/Subscribe/  .

Crib safety was completely overhauled in 2010.  Last month new safety standards were developed for hand held infant carriers.  Children’s hoodies are recalled all the time because of choking hazards.  Specific baby monitors were recalled in November, and bassinets and cradles got new safety regulations in September.    This is how we discovered that crib bumpers were causing deaths of infants!   Thomas Learning Centers receives updates regularly and you can too.

infant with crib bumpers

Here are some tips on what to do if you have purchased a recalled item:

1. Verify the product number – Recalls commonly involve toys that were manufactured during a particular time period or at a specific factory. On the website of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), you will be able to find a list of the product numbers that are involved in the recall. It may take some time to find the number on your toy, as they are usually located in inconspicuous places.

2. Take the items away from your child – This may be a bit hard to do, especially if your child loves the toy, but you will need to put it in a hard-to-reach place or throw the toy away entirely, depending on the circumstances. If the recalled item is something larger like a crib or stroller, you will need to find a suitable replacement for the item until you receive further instructions from the maker of the product.

Contact the manufacturer – Most recalls will involve contacting a representative of the company. They will usually require you to send them the product or a proof of purchase. In turn, they will replace the item, send you replacement parts or give you a full refund if the problem cannot be fixed.

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