Amazon in Hot Water Over Combustible Hoverboards

Amazon, the popular online shopping company, recently lost a case in the United States Appeals Court for failure to appropriately notify customers about a known defect in a hoverboard it sold. As a result, it may be forced to pay damages to those harmed by the defective hoverboard, which Amazon knew sometimes could catch fire or explode, but failed to adequately notify those who already purchased the hoverboard.… Read the rest

The Importance of Product Registration Cards

September is Baby Safety Month and this year’s theme, “Baby Safety Right Out of the Box,” focuses on the importance of product registration cards and product recalls. The theme is designed to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of filling out the registration cards included with most baby and toddler products. For many parents, it can be overwhelming to think about registering the seemingly endless amount of baby gear. However, this is a good way to stay informed about recent product recalls and to ensure that these products for the baby are safe.

Product registration cards are small, paid-postage … Read the rest

Children’s Toy Companies Recall Products due to Excessive Lead Levels

Recently, Far East Brokers and Consultants, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL has recalled its Leisure Way pink-butterfly-themed children’s camp chair and swings and LaRose Industries of Randolph, NJ recalled several of its Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations products due to excessive levels of lead, which is a violation of the federal lead standard. Lead is a cumulative toxin that affects the body’s nervous system and bloodstream and is particularly harmful to young children.

Far East Brokers announced the recall of its children’s products due to excessive levels of lead found in the screen-printing on the fabric of the chairs and swings, which is … Read the rest

Button Batteries In Your Child’s Toy Could Be Cause for Concern

Tragedy struck two days after Christmas for one Oklahoma family when a two-year-old toddler died six days after swallowing a button battery.

The day after Christmas, Brianna Florer of Jay, Oklahoma, began exhibiting signs that something was wrong.  The next day, her condition worsened and the family drove Brianna from their rural home to meet an ambulance. Despite emergency surgery efforts, the child did not survive.

Young children swallowing lithium batteries has become a dangerous trend in recent months. According to Dr. Kris Jantana, more than 3,500 children, most under the age of 6, were hospitalized last year as a … Read the rest

Hoverboards Spark Safety Concerns

Hoverboards have become very popular among the pre-teen and teenage population, and have been given as many holiday gifts this year.  However, safety concerns have arisen concerning hoverboards, which require the user to balance as the board moves at a rate of over ten miles per hour. In many instances, users fail to wear helmets. With the rate of how quickly the hoverboards can move, this can create a dangerous situation for the user. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 29 emergency room visits related to hoverboard use were reported since August 2015.

According to Consumerreports.org, one recent … Read the rest

Toy Safety for Children During the Holidays

Defective children’s toys present inherent hazards to those of all ages.  While younger children may be more prone to choking on small items, older children are more prone to taking risks and misusing toys in what can sometimes be a dangerous manner.  A defective children’s toy can increase those risks as well as present others.

From 2012 to 2013, the number of recalls related to children’s products increased by 18%.  It is important to be aware of any product recalls for children’s toys that can arise during the holiday season and year round.  This means keeping an eye out on … Read the rest

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Files Administrative Complaints Regarding Two Children’s Products: High-Powered Magnets and Infant Recliners

Due to reports of injuries and deaths and concern for children’s safety, this past month the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed Administrative Complaints against the manufacturers of two children’s toys: high-powered magnets and infant recliners. The CPSC alleges that Magnicube Magnet Balls and Magnet Cubes contain defects in their design, packaging, warnings and instructions pose a substantial risk of injury to the public. The second complaint alleges that the Nap Nanny Generation One and Two, and Chill model infant recliners contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death … Read the rest

10 Million Fisher-Price Childrens Products Recalled Trikes, Infant Activity Centers, High Chairs and Toy Cars

One of the big news stories during the summer of 2007 was Mattel’s recall of nearly one million toys made in China because of lead paint. Other recalls followed almost immediately. These numbers pale in comparison to yesterday’s recall announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of TEN million Fisher-Price children’s products due to dangerous conditions posing choking and other hazards.

Fourteen models of the Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles can cause serious injury, including genital bleeding when a child sits, strikes or falls on a pretend plastic ignition key that protrudes in front of the … Read the rest

Whoda Thunk It?: Children’s Bounce Houses Contain Dangerous Lead Levels

They’re a staple of toddlers birthday parties, children’s holiday parties and other seemingly carefree events. Your children take off their footwear and climb into the inflated bounce house and you’re free from worry (and perhaps bother) for a few minutes. Or are you?

If the allegations in California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr.s lawsuit against several companies involved in manufacturing children’s bounce houses are correct, some of the inflatable structures contain unsafe amounts of lead in their vinyl covering. The main exposure pathway from the bounce house to the child is hand-to-mouth. Lead is transferred from the vinyl to … Read the rest

Pediatricians Urge The Extension of Choking Prevention Strategies from Toys to Food

When considering the risk of young children choking, thoughts tend to center more upon toys than upon food. But that can cause the risk of choking on food to be overlooked. Statistics currently on the website of the Centers for Disease Control state that in 2000, 160 children ages 14 years or younger died from an obstruction of the respiratory tract due to inhaled or ingested foreign bodies. Of these, 41% were caused by food items and 59% by nonfood objects.

For every choking-related death, there are more than 100 visits to U.S. emergency departments.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), … Read the rest