Keeping Babies Safe: Child Product Recalls

Most parents will agree that their number one priority is keeping their kids safe and healthy. In today’s world, that can be difficult to do when faulty products may result in injury or even death. Although many organizations, both public and private, work to help parents prevent harm, there are still other entities that put sales before safety.

Britax Issues Car Seat Recall

Britax Issues Car Seat Recall

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal Online, a car seat manufacturer has issued a recall of more than 14,000 child safety seats. The recall was issued by Britax Child Safety, Inc. for certain Chaperone infant restraint systems. According the Britax Chaperone seat recall website, the clip used to secure the harness across the infant’s shoulders was improperly manufactured. As a result, the clip is more brittle than expected and may break.

A broken clip could result in lacerations to the child’s skin or could be a choking hazard. Causing most concern is the possibility that if the clip holding the harness were to break during a collision, the child could be thrown from the seat. For more information on how to receive a repair kit or to return your Chaperone car seat, visit the Britax recall website.

IKEA Issues Recall for High Chairs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released notice of a voluntary recall for repair of IKEA ANTILOP high chairs. IKEA has received multiple complaints of the restraint buckles in the chairs unexpectedly coming loose. Several of the complaints even cited incidents of babies falling from the chairs and sustaining injuries.

The chairs were sold at IKEA between August 2006 and January 2010. Faulty chairs are imprinted on the underside with supplier number 17389 and manufacture dates 0607 through 0911 (YYMM). If you own one these chairs, you can visit the IKEA website to learn more about how to receive replacement restraints.

Toys ‘R’ Us Trade In Discount

From now until February 20, 2012, Toys ‘R’ Us is hosting the “Great Trade In Event.” According to the Toys ‘R’ Us website, the primary focus is to collect items that have been cited for voluntary safety recalls. More than that, the Toys ‘R’ Us website notes that some older items such as cribs and car seats may not be optimal for handing down to family or friends.

As advances are made in child safety, older cribs and car seats are no longer compliant with new safety standards. Also, older items may have suffered damage from years of use. As a result, Toys ‘R’ Us is offering 25 percent off coupons for new strollers, car seats, high chairs, cribs, infant swings and many other products when customers bring in similar used items for “trade in.” A handful of specific products will result in a 30 percent off coupon when presented. One of the products of note on the 30 percent off list is a Britax Convertible Car Seat. More information is available on the Toys ‘R’ Us website.

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