Cribs, party favors make the list

Make sure your holiday gifts are safe

Recall roundup The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a record number of recalls and fines to companies for failing to report hazardous products—397 and $8.8 million, respectively—in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Officials hope the penalties will convince more companies to cooperate with the agency.

"One of our top priorities has been to encourage companies to follow the law and report possible hazards to the CPSC," says Chairman Hal Stratton. "I believe that imposing penalties against companies who fail to comply with the law will result in a higher degree of reporting and compliance with our statutes."

And with the holiday season approaching, it’s important to make sure the gifts you buy are safe. Here are some recent recalls, including two smaller items that may have been purchased for stocking stuffers or Hanukkah gifts. You can check all your gifts for recalls at

- Child Craft Industries Cribs. Child Craft recalled two crib models because a wooden strip may come loose and create a space large enough to entrap a baby.

- Safety 1st Ride-On Vehicles. Dorel Juvenile Group recalled many models of these battery-operated ride-on vehicles. A wiring malfunction has led to 49 reports of overheating or melting components. Safety first?

- American Greetings Fairy Wand Party Favors. The wire holding the beads can break and pose a laceration hazard to children.

- Target Jumbo Pencils with Sharpeners. The opening in the sharpener is large enough to fit a finger, and Target has received 12 reports of finger cuts.

To report a problem with a product or to see the complete list of recalls, visit

Nancy A. Cowles Executive director, Kids in Danger


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