Product recall

Graco Quattro and MetroLite Strollers

Recall Date: October 20, 2010

Name of Product: Graco Quattro and MetroLite strollers

Companies/Manufacturer: Graco Children’s Products

The Hazard: Infants can become entrapped in the stroller, causing cuts, bruises and difficulty breathing. The strollers have been blamed for four deaths between 2003-2005 and six injuries.

Description: Recalled items are Quattro strollers manufactured before November 2006 and MetroLite strollers manufactured before July 2007. These strollers were sold and distributed to stores between November 2000 and December 2007.

What To Do: Stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco for a free repair kit. To order a kit, contact Graco at 877-828-40446 or visit For additional information, contact Graco at 800-345-4109 between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday-Friday.

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Please click on the link to read all about the recall.

Huge Recall: 10 million Fisher-Price Products Recalled for Safety Hazards.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a major recall of cribs today. Manufacturer LaJobi is recalling 217,000 Drop Side Cribs due to a malfunction that can pose a risk of suffocation and strangulation—an issue that the CPSC has recently cited in other brands of drop-side cribs as well.

Recall Date: April 29, 2010

Name of Product: Graco®-branded drop side cribs made by LaJobi

Company/Brand: LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J.

The Hazard: CPSC is aware of 99 reports of drop-side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop-side detachment, which can create a hazardous gap between the drop side and the crib mattress where infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, putting them at risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock. In two of the reported incidents, children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side (both children were freed by their caregivers). There were also six reports of children falling due to drop-side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.

The baby sling has enjoyed great popularity as a popular baby accessory – chiming perfectly in recent years with birthing and parenting choices focusing on so-called “natural” approaches – that can mean anything from giving birth in water to ensuring bottles are bpa-free. (I put natural in quotes here because my daughter was born in a hospital by c-section and, frankly, I found nothing “unnatural” about her safe birth at all.) Sales of slings have boomed in recent years and they are essential kit if you want to do a spot of attachment parenting.

Now the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning that slings may pose a risk of suffocation. It has posted diagrams to show how to safely carry a child in a sling – make sure the face and nose are visible and that the chin isn’t tucked into the neck to restrict breathing.

It’s a good point to make: that there is a smart way to use slings and just because women have used them Africa or other cultures less corrupted by the mountains of baby products than we are, parents need to use good judgment. This means making sure your baby isn’t so cuddled down and squished into the sling that it’s can’t breathe.

Let’s keep it in perspective – the CPSC pointed out that the 14 children whose deaths were associated with sling-style carriers over the past 20 years (yes, you read that right) were either a low birth weight twin, were born prematurely, or had breathing issues like a cold.

No need to chuck yours out. Check out the diagrams. Perhaps wait until your baby is a bit older with better control of its head, one expert advised. But if your child is sniffling and coughing, is small, or his or her head is being put at an angle that reduces airflow, be on the safe side and skip the sling.

The safety of baby slings has been in the news recently and I found one specific product recall of the above type that was issued yesterday in USA. Here is the full article on iVillage in the link below:

Infantino Infant Sling recall

This linked page is also a list of the Biggest Children’s Product Recalls.