Tuesday, July 01, 2003
A recent list of defective and hazardous products:
For your safety and convenience, below is a list of the most recent recalls of children’s products. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends you immediately stop using any recalled products. For more detailed information about the specific models being recalled and how to contact the companies, call (800) 638-2772 or visit www.cpsc.gov.
The following recalls were posted from April 15 to June 11.
Ages 0-3 • Convertible cribs, Baby’s Dream Furniture Inc. These wooden convertible cribs have hinges along the fold-down drop gate that can crack or break and pinch baby’s fingers. Also, other cribs by this company have drop-gate trigger latches that aren’t properly aligned, which means the gate can open easily and allow the baby to fall out of the crib.
• Bearista Bear tumbler cups, Starbucks Coffee Co. If chewed, small pieces of plastic from the flexible straw on these kids cups can pose a choking hazard to young children. • Little People Animal Sounds Farms, Fisher-Price Two small metal screws on this toy’s stall doors can come off, posing a choking hazard to small children.
• Cribs drop-side rails, Babi Italia Slats on the drop-side rails of the “Tiffany” and “Josephine” model cribs can come loose or detach. This poses both an entrapment hazard and a potentially falling hazard for children.
• Magic Start Crawl ’n Stand, Playskool This toy, designed to help crawling babies pull themselves up to a standing position, can tip over during use and strike babies in the head, face or neck.
• Parents Bee Bop Band drumsticks, Battat Inc. The end piece of these drumstick handles can break off, and the screw at the end of the drumsticks can loosen and detach, both of which pose a choking hazard to young children.
Ages 6 and up • BMX bicycles, Dynacraft Industries Inc. The stems on these bicycles, near the handle bars, can loosen and cause riders to lose control and fall.
• Children’s Art Supply Sets, Creative Kids Inc. These sets contain mini-cutters with razor blades that are a laceration hazard to young children. All Ages • Trisonic Nightlights, Trisonic/Eastern America Trio Products This nightlight, shaped like a smiley face, poses a serious electrocution, electric shock, burn and fire hazard.
-- Kathryn Monroe