Keeping Your Family Safe with the Latest Recall Info

Keeping Your Family Safe with the Latest Recall Info
August 23, 2011 jflojennings

By Meredith McKay

We all know that drop side cribs are no longer considered , what about other products?

While pregnant and researching all the baby gear, I quickly became aware of how very common recalls are for car seats, cribs, toys, clothing and many more products.

And it’s not always just the cheapo brands that are recalled or unsafe. More expensive, high-end brands like Maclaren, phil&teds and Britax have been involved in recent recalls, just to name a few.

I signed up for a great email subscription service to notify me of recalls from The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  These are the emails I read first to see if I own the unsafe item.

The email news releases include a picture along with the identifying information of the item. This visual is especially useful because you may recognize a certain toy or Pack’N Play in your child’s daycare or perhaps the car seat that your baby’s Grandparents lovingly bought for their car.

Dorel’s Alpha Omega Convertible Car Seat is one of almost 800,000 seats affected by recall.

Although it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product, I always check before buying or selling anything on Craigslist or Ebay. If you have a concern, ask the seller for item’s specific model and serial numbers.

Children’s products are just one category of many for recalls. Foods, medicines and cars are constantly in the news for being recalled. To sign up for recall alerts in consumer products, motor vehicles, boats, food, medicine, cosmetics and environmental products go to They even have a mobile app, which comes in handy when shopping for new items or for used items at yard sales.

Some recent recalled children’s items:

Strollers Recalled by phil&teds USA Due to Risk of Injury from Brake Failure

Fisher-Price Recalls to Repair Little People Builders’ Load ‘n Go Wagons due to Laceration Hazard

Other helpful websites:

•    To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go here or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 for the hearing impaired.
•    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
•    Kids with Food Allergies
•    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
•    SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
•    Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database details and rates the safety of children and adults health and beauty products.

Comment (1)

  1. Meredith McKay 10 years ago

    Since I wrote this article, 2 items I own have been recalled – the phil&teds clip on chair (which I will NOT be selling on Craigslist) and the Target step stool!

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