Baby Product Recalls: January 13th-20th
Happy New Year! We said it last time, but it’s still a new year and we decided to say it again because we wish you and yours a genuinely joyful year to come. One way we hope to help you achieve some happiness in your home is to inform you about recalls of products you and your family may use.
First up is the popular Bugaboo Cameleon and Bugaboo Donkey strollers. The specific hazard is described as follows: “A button on the stroller’s carrycot/seat carry handle can become disengaged and cause the handle to detach, posing fall and choking hazards to young children.” This is a voluntary recall that was triggered after Bugaboo received “58 reports of carry handles detaching” from certain models, according to a press release posted at CPSC.gov. The CPSC is working with Bugaboo and also with Health Canada; 46,000 of the affected strollers were sold in the United States, and 4,440 of them were sold to consumers in the country that the South Park movie blamed for everything. (Note: YouTube clip not safe for work. But you wouldn’t be watching YouTube videos at work anyway, right? Of course not.) Luckily no injuries have been reported, according to the CPSC. Here is a list of serial numbers for the affected strollers:
Serial Number 04011090900001 to 04031101009999
Serial Number 08011090900001 to 08021100800386
Serial Number 140100093600531 to 140103123350418
Serial Number 170101105300001 to 170104130900500
The CPSC advises consumers to detach the handle and contact Bugaboo for a replacement; in the meantime, they say you can keep using the stroller. The company’s phone number is (800) 460-2922, or you can visit their web site; look for a link that says “Important Quality Initiative”. If you prefer email, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of the strollers were sold in stores way back in 2009, so if you have a Bugaboo definitely check the serial number. For more information, read the press release at CPSC.gov.
Next item: back in the summer, when it was warm, the CPSC issued recalls for a variety of what they call “weather-related products.” Now that it’s cold — you know, because it’s winter — the agency has posted a helpful list of recalls that were announced last year when you were probably sweating and sipping a cold glass of lemonade. (Depending on where you live, of course.)
For example, in June of 2012 there was a voluntary recall of the Big Lots Portable Space Heater (Model #FH107A) and Big Lots Portable Oscillating Space Heater (Model #PTC-902T) due to reports of the units “overheating and melting.” In the words of Cole Porter, that’s just too darn hot. Click here for the press release about the Big Lots heaters, and click here for three more items, including a log splitter, something I personally shouldn’t be using even if there’s nothing wrong with it, but that’s my own issue.
Finally, a swallowing hazard, which anyone with little kids knows is something to be taken seriously. From the CPSC: “This recall involves marble-sized toys that absorb water and grow up to 400 times their original size.” The idea is to put them in water and watch them grow. It’s fun. However, if the toys are swallowed, they grow inside of your body. That is not fun. “The toys do not show up on an x-ray and require surgery to be removed,” according to the CPSC. While these items are obviously not meant to be eaten, there was a report in August of 2011 of a little girl who did just that — she was only 8 months old at the time, and it was removed by surgery. Which, as we said, is not fun.
Again, most parents know that little kids put all kinds of things in their mouths, including stuff that looks far less enticing than these colorful toys. It should be noted that as far as we know there is no danger involved as long as the toys are NOT swallowed. Still, why take chances? The affected products, imported by Dunecraft, Inc., are the following:
Water Balz, Model #BC-0338
Growing Skulls, Model #BC-0320
H2O Orbs “Despicable Me”, Model #DM-0447
Fabulous Flowers, Model #BC-0440
If you have any of these little toys lying around, take them away from your kids and get in touch with Dunecraft to request a replacement item. Their phone number is (800) 306-4168, or click here. For the CPSC press release, which includes photos of the various expanding toys, click here.
Brett Singer is a freelance writer and father, not necessarily in that order. Follow him on Twitter, and visit his web site, DaddyTips.com, where you can find parenting tips and lots of videos that you shouldn’t be watching at work.