Here are just a few recent product recalls as announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. For the most up-to-date recall information, please visit www.cpsc.gov and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.
Name of Product: Scooter
Hazard: The one-piece plastic platform that covers the front wheel base can break, posing a laceration hazard to children.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall is for the three-wheeled Mini Micro scooter for children ages 3-5. The scooter was sold in the following colors: blue, orange, pink and aqua. "Micro" is written in black and blue letters on the metal handlebar and is imprinted on the black hand grips. "Mini Micro" is written on the front plastic covering. The following recalled model numbers and serial numbers are on a sticker on the bottom of the sticker (model number/serial numbers): MM0079/00061617 to MM0079/00064364; MM0079/00064767 to MM0079/00065762; MM0080/00066371 to MM0080/00666401; MM0080/00097291 to MM0080/00098286; MM0109/00093571 to MM0109/00093870; MM0113/00067871 to MM0113/00068370.
Sold by: Independent toy stores, Amazon.com, and Kickboardusa.com for about $85 from May 2012 to July 2012.
Manufactured in: Germany
Remedy: Consumers should take this product away from children and contact Kickboard USA for a free replacement product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Kickboard USA toll free at 888.236.5657 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (ET), Monday through Friday, by email at email@example.com or visit the firm's website at www.kickboardusa.com.
Name of Product: Crib Fringe
Hazard: The narrow fabric strip connecting individual fabric triangles presents a strangulation hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The product is a narrow fabric strip connecting several individual fabric triangles. It is designed to be attached to the side rail of a crib or along window valences or curtain rods. The product was sold in a variety of colors and patterns and with two fringes in each package.
Sold by: Online and specialty children's product retails from January 2006 through May 2012 for about $24.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the recalled product from cribs, windows, or curtain rods and contact Babylicious to receive a refund. Consumers will be refunded $12 for each recall fringe returned.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Babylicious at 855.684.8399 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (PT), Monday through Friday or visit www.babylicious.ca/recall
Name of Product: Bumbo Baby Seats
Hazard: Babies can maneuver out of or fall from the Bumbo seat, posing a risk of serious injuries.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Bumbo International know of at least 50 incidents after the October 2007 voluntary recall in which babies fell from a Bumbo seat while it was being used on a raised surface. Nineteen of those incidents included reports of skull fractures. CPSC and Bumbo International are aware of an additional 34 post-recall reports of infants who fell out or maneuvered out of a Bumbo seat used on the floor or at an unknown elevation, resulting in injury. Two of these incidents involved reports of skull fractures, while other reported bumps, bruises, and other minor injuries.
Description: The bottom of the Bumbo seat is round and flat with a diameter of about15 inches. It is constructed of a single piece of molded foam and comes in various colors. The seat has leg holes and the seat back wraps completely around the child. On the front of the seat in raised lettering is the word "Bumbo" with the image of an elephant on top. The bottom of the seat has the following words: Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa Material: Polyurethane World Patent No PCT: ZA/1999/00030." The back of the seat has several warnings and seats manufactured since 2008 have an additional label on the front of the seat warning against use on raised surfaces.
Sold by: Sears, Target, Toys R Us (including Babies R Us), USA Babies, Walmart, and various other toy and children's stores nationwide, and various online sellers, from August 2003 through August 2012 for between $30 and $50.
Manufactured in: South Africa
Remedy: Consumers should be immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit, which includes: a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions and a new warning sticker. The belt should always be used when a child is placed in the seat. Even with the belt, the seat should never be used on any raised surface. Consumers should also immediately stop using Bumbo seat covers that interfere with the installation and use of the belt. A video demonstrating proper installation of the restraint belt and proper use of the Bumbo seat are available at www.BumboUSA.com.
Consumer Contact: Order the free repair kit by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling 866.898.4999 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm (CT), Monday through Thursday and between 8:00 am and 12:30 pm (CT), Friday. Do not return the Bumbo seat to retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.