January 9th, 2014

Top 5 Largest Baby Product Recalls in 2013, Part 2

Below are the remaining baby products on the Top 5 Largest Baby Product Recalls in 2013. Click here to read about the top two products on the list: the Nap Nanny and Bumbo seat.

3. 600,000 Baby Monitors

Recall Date: November 21, 2013

baby monitor recalledAngelcare baby monitors are unique in that they are designed to monitor a baby’s movement. A sensor pad is placed under the crib mattress and is attached to the monitor. An electrical cord about 11 feet long runs from the sensor pad to the monitor.

About 600,000 of these baby monitors were recalled. The monitors were manufactured between 1999 and 2013 and sold at BabiesRUs/ToysRUs, Burlington Coat Factory, Meijer, Sears, Walmart, Amazon.com, Target.com, Overstock.com, and various other baby product stores for between $100 and $300.

The Danger

The cord poses a strangulation hazard. If a baby pulls the cord into the crib, the cord can become wrapped around the baby’s neck. The recall was initiated due to 2 previous strangulation deaths and other entanglement incidents.

What to Do – Stop Using the Product and Contact the Manufacturer for a Repair Kit

Obtain a free repair kit from Angelcare by calling (855) 355-2643 or visit www.angelcarebaby.com.

4. 300,000 Infant/Baby Carriers

Recall Date: December 19, 2013

baby carrier recalledThe Playtex Hip Hammock is a baby carrier which straps the baby to an adult body at the adult’s hip. It is intended for babies between 15 to 35 pounds. These carriers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Walmart, other stores and online from 2004 through 2008 for between $40 and $60. Over 300,000 baby carriers were involved in this recall.

The Danger

Playtex received almost 100 reports of buckles failing, by either cracking or breaking. This poses a serious fall hazard for babies.

What to Do – Stop Using the Product and Contact the Manufacturer for a Refund

Contact Playtex for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund at (800) 522-8230 or online at www.playtexproducts.com, click on Recall.

5. 1 Million Baby Play Yards/Play Pens

Original Recall Date: July 8, 2009

baby play yard recalledIn 2009, over 1 million Kolcraft play yards and play pens were recalled due to unintended collapse issues. These play yards were manufactured for Carter’s, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours, Care Bare and Eric Carle, with various model numbers. Some models came with a bassinet or changing table. Click here to find all the model numbers affected by this recall. The recalled play yards were sold online and at BabiesRUs, Walmart, Kmart, Sears, Target and other stores from 2000 through 2009 for between $50 and $160.

On March 11, 2013, Kolcraft agreed to pay a $400,000 fine for failing to properly report product incidents and injuries to the CPSC. Under federal law, product companies are required to report accidents and injuries to the CPSC within 24 hours after obtaining information about product injuries. According to the CPSC, between 2000 and 2009, Kolcraft received reports of the play yard collapsing, but did not report these incidents to the CPSC until January 2009. Although it agreed to pay the fine, Kolcraft continued to deny that the play yards were defective.

The Danger

A side rail of the play yard can fail to latch and collapse when a child pushes against it. This poses a fall hazard to children. Kolcraft received over 350 reports of unintended collapse, resulting in various injuries.

What to Do – Stop Using the Product and Contact the Manufacturer for a Repair Kit

Obtain a free repair kit from Kolcraft by calling (866) 594-4208 or visit www.kolcraft.com.

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