Recall roundup In the past few years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled millions of children’s trinkets and jewelry sold at Claire’s, Target, Toys "R" Us and other stores because they contain lead, a known neurotoxin.
With the likelihood that a child will put a necklace or bracelet charm in their mouth, or rings will rub on fingers which find their way into the mouth, ingestion of lead from these trinkets is a potential hazard.
Now, major retailers have agreed to get the lead out of these products. The agreement comes as part of a legal settlement with the Center for Environmental Health of California. The agreement applies only to retailers in California, but the retailers involved—Target, Kmart, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Claire’s, Mervyns, Sears, Toys "R" Us, Disney and dozens more—are expected to follow suit in all their stores. Wal-Mart did not participate in the settlement. For more information and a list of the retailers, go to www.cehca.org.
Last month Chicago Parent included a recall of the Simplicity Aspen 3 in 1 Crib in this column. The crib, sold under the Graco name, has a wooden mattress support that can come loose and cause an entrapment hazard. Just two weeks after the recall, a 19-month-old boy died in Oregon when he was trapped between the unsupported mattress and the end of the crib.
• Fisher Price Musical Chair: A child’s neck can get stuck in the gap between the chair and attached table, causing a strangulation hazard. Fisher Price has received three reports, including one that resulted in an injury.
• Hurley International Jackets and Steve and Barry Outerwear: Drawstrings around the neck can cause strangulation. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that there be no drawstrings around the neck of children’s clothing and that drawstrings at the waist extend no more than three inches. If you have clothing with drawstrings, simply remove the drawstring to eliminate the hazard.
• Mizuno Baseball Gloves: These gloves may be contaminated with bacteria that can pose a hazard for children with impaired immune systems.
• First Years Teething Rings: The water in these teething rings may be contaminated. This is a Food and Drug Administration recall.
• Baby walkers: Three companies, Ace Han, Bike Pro and SunTome, recalled infant walkers that don’t meet current voluntary standards to keep them from falling down stairs or going through doorways.
To report a problem with a product or to see the complete list of recalls, visit www.cpsc.gov.
Nancy A. Cowles Executive director, Kids in Danger www.kidsindanger.org