Did the kids receive everything they wanted for the holidays? Did the gift-givers check their lists against the list of previously recalled products?
According to a press release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 11 children under age 15 died in 2003 because of problems with dangerous toys. Most of these deaths occurred when the children choked on a toy, such as a balloon, game piece or small ball, the commission reports.
More than 50 children’s items were recalled in 2004, ranging from car seats to pajamas to books. The commission has a complete list of recalls on its Web site, www.cpsc.gov. The site is searchable by product type, category, company and month to see if a child’s toy poses hazards.
If a gift or other toy owned by your child is listed among the recall, return it as soon as possible to the retailer. In some instances, the manufacturer will send out replacement parts so parents can repair the toy.
The Web site includes instructions for handling the recall of each item.
Nancy Cowles, executive director of Chicago-based Kids In Danger, says that each store handles recalls differently.
“For most toys, in general, that parents buy at chain stores, like Target, the retailer will take back the product for a full refund,” she says.
The following is a sampling of the products recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission from Nov. 11 to Dec. 13. A complete list of recalled children’s products is available at www.chicagoparent.com. For more information, call (800) 638-2772 or visit www.cpsc.gov.
Toys • Table Soccer Game, Classic Sport Companies. If not properly installed, the tube lights in the table may spark causing the table to catch fire.
Clothing • Okie Dokie Alligator Football Pajama Set, J.C. Penney Corp. The patches on the front of the pajamas can come off and possibly choke a child.
• Children’s Corduroy Overalls, Hanna Andersson. The buttons on the front and sides of the overalls can detach and possibly choke a child.
• Children’s Snow Suits and Jackets, Meijer Distribution. Decorative compasses on the jackets and suits can come off and possibly choke a child.
• Energie Brand Hooded Sweaters, Norton McNaughton. Drawstrings on the hood of the sweater may strangle a child.