In continuation of baby safety month, we have provided a list of the five largest product recalls that may affect infants, toddlers, and other young children.
- Cedar Chests produced by Lane Home Furniture. These storage chests were originally recalled in 1996, but many may still be in use across the U.S. The defect is that the chests can accidentally shut and the latch or lock may secure automatically. There have been reports of children getting stuck inside the chests because the top fell shut and the latch locked automatically.
- Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Compaq power cords for notebook and mini notebook computers. These LS-15 AC cords can overheat, which can cause a fire. Children are at risk of burns as a result of this defect.
- Ace Bayou bean bag chairs for various product defects that we posted about last month.
- Child seats manufactured by Evenflo due to the buckle being difficult to unlatch, sometimes even becoming stuck so that it cannot be opened by pressing the button. This can lead to dangerous situations in the event that a child needs to be removed from a vehicle quickly or in the event of an emergency. The model numbers included in this car seat recall include 306, 308, 310, 329, 345, 346, 371, and 385. If you believe that your child’s safety seat may be included in this recall, contact Evenflo directly at (800) 490-7591.
- Playtex pacifier holder clips that allow a pacifier to be attached to a child’s clothing, diaper bag, etc. This pacifier recall is due to a high number of these items cracking or pieces breaking off of them, posing a choking hazard to babies. These clips were sold at a variety of popular retailers, including Walmart. While no injuries have been reported, it is important that you take these items away from children if you believe it may be included in the recall.
In addition to these high-volume children’s product recalls, there have been two others that could potentially affect young children. Parents should be on the lookout for Recaro ProSport model 385 child safety seats, as they have the potential to allow a child’s head to move excessively. If the seat is installed with only the LATCH lower anchors, it can be dangerous for the child.
Tray Vous also announced a recall this month on their snack/activity trays because they leave too large a space between the tray and stroller seat. If a child is unharnessed, they could easily fall through and the child’s head could be caught in a dangerous position.
If you are the parent or guardian of a young child that may be using these recalled items, it is important that you cease use immediately and contact the manufacturer to find out what to do next. All too often we hear of devastating instances in which a parent was unaware of product recalls, their child was seriously injured, and they are stuck trying to figure out what to do next. Our primary goal is to prevent these types of incidents from occurring. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. If you or someone you love has been injured due to a defective product, you can hold the manufacturer liable. For more information, call our office at (770) 427-5498.