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POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 2:04 PM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Evenflo voluntarily recalled more than 1.3 million child safety seat buckles due to the risk that children could not be removed quickly in an emergency.

The recall includes buckles used in a number of children's convertible and booster seat models manufactured between 2011 and 2014. Not all seats made during that time are included. The recall includes some of Evenflo's Momentum, Chase, Maestro, Symphony, Snugli, Titan, SureRide and SecureKid models. The affected seats have model number prefixes of 306, 308, 310, 329, 345, 346, 371 or 385.

The buckle may become stuck in a latched position, making it difficult to remove a child from the seat. This could prove critical to a child's safety in the case of an emergency.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 3:14 PM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Wal-Mart recalled about 174,000 My Sweet Love / My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care baby dolls in the United State sand Canada because they have a circuit board in the chest, which can overheat. This can cause the surface of the doll to get hot, posing a burn hazard to a child. The 16 inch doll comes in pink floral clothing and matching knit hat, and comes packaged with a toy medical check-up kit including a stethoscope, feeding spoon, thermometer and syringe.

Wal-Mart has received 12 reports of incidents, including two reports of burns or blisters to the thumb. For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.


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POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 10:54 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Ganz recalled about 8,200 of its Plush Grumpy Cat stuffed animal toys because the stuffed animals’ eyes can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. The recall includes an 8-inch Grumpy Cat in laying position, a 5-inch long sitting Grumpy Cat and a 4-inch Grumpy Cat key clip.

The company received six reports of the eyes detaching from the Grumpy Cat toys.  No injuries have been reported.

For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.


POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 10:47 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Vera Bradley recalled about 98,000 of its Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny Toys because the pom-pom tail can detach from the body of the bear rattle and the bunny, posing a choking hazard to young children.

The bear ring rattle has a white teddy bear head, arms attached to an O-shaped body with a green, blue, brown and pink crisscross pattern design rattle. The bear ring rattle measures about 4.25 inches in diameter. The bunny is 10 inches tall from the top of its head to the bottom of its foot and was sold in three printed patterns.

The company received two reports that the pom-pom tail detached from the product.  No injuries have been reported. For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.


POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently approved a new federal mandatory standard intended to improve the safety of carriages and strollers for children.

It covers full-size 2D strollers that fold in front-to-back (or back-to-front) and 3D strollers that fold in front-to-back (or back-to-front), as well as side-to-side directions, travel systems (including car seats), tandem, side-by-side, multi-occupant and jogging strollers.

The new standard incorporates previously developed voluntary guidelines and adds regulations that address head entrapment hazards associated with multi-positional/adjustable grab bars. The standards will go into effect into September 2015.

POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014, 9:34 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Design Ideas recalled about 26,900 Rubber Ducky Magnets, and Design Ideas Blowfish and Splat Magnets
due to an ingestion hazard. The recall involves miniature office and refrigerator magnets sold in the shape of a duck, blowfish and a splat. A small magnet is affixed to the underside of the brightly colored plastic objects which were sold in sets of four or six

If the magnets are detached from product and swallowed, they can link together inside a child's intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects.

For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:12 AM
Filed Under: Product Recalls

A Harvest Company recalls about 720 sets of cork block stacking toys because small pieces of cork can break off the blocks, posing a choking hazard to young children. They were sold exclusively at StorkStack.com.

The company has received seven reports of cork pieces breaking off of the blocks, including two reports of children mouthing the cork pieces. No injuries have been reported. For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.


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POSTED: Monday, February 24, 2014, 9:32 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Infantino recalled about 191,000 Go Gaga Squeeze & Teethe Coco the Monkey teething toys because the monkey's tail can pose a choking hazard to young children.

Sold exclusively at Target, this squeaking toy is made of soft orange rubber and is shaped like a monkey. The toy measures 4.5 inches tall by 5 inches long and is intended for ages newborn and up.

The comany received seven reports of infants choking or gagging on the monkey’s tail. No injuries have been reported. For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.


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Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Mario Cruz, M.D St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Crozer-Keystone Health System
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, RD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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