The problem? Once again, a whole bunch of people were sticking their tiny babies in the brightly colored foam infant seat and leaving them on raised surfaces.
Note to people of the world: If you leave your tiny baby on a raised surface, there is a very good change that he or she might fall off and get hurt. Even, as in the case of the over 30 injured infants, end up with really unpleasant skull fractures. This is not rocket science, merely common sense.
It's been one of those nutty recall-filled weeks…it actually seems to me that most of these clothing recalls are pretty nonsensical, but you can use your own judgement. It seems that the CPSC just published new regulations about drawstrings which led to all of these recalls…
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of all product lots of Children's BENADRYL® Allergy FASTMELT® Tablets, in cherry and grape flavors, that were distributed in the United States, Belize, Barbados, Canada, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, and St. Thomas and all product lots of Junior Strength MOTRIN® Caplets, 24 count, that were distributed in the United States.
Though the company claims that "No action is required by consumers or healthcare providers and consumers can continue to use the product." would you want to give this to your kids?
You can address questions (and furious comments!) to the McNeil Consumer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036 (available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET and Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time.)
Graco has recalled their pre-2007 Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers and travel systems (car seat and stroller combinations) because of reports that four children became trapped and died in the strollers between 2003-2005.
You may wonder, as I did: Are they a little slow on the uptake? Last I checked, 2005 was 5 years ago!
According to an interview in the New York Times with Doug McGraw, the president of Graco, at the time of the deaths they decided to focus on educating consumers about strapping in their children instead of recalling the strollers "because of “a strong belief that when used properly with a safety harness, this is a fundamentally safe product.”
Why did anybody ever think that these were a good idea?!
When did parents get so neurotic about keeping their children sleeping on their backs that they began to resort to what basically amounts to a vise? Yes, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends putting babies to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS, but the risk is considered much less great once babies are able to roll over on their own steam. If you have one of these ridiculous items, please toss it right away and do not look back!
CPSC and the FDA are warning parents and child care providers to:
It is hard enough to have a kid these days, what with all of the gear that seems to automatically come with them. Add to that they stress of a constant flow of product recalls, and a well-meaning parent could really lose her mind!
Have the safety regulations that were in place when your first child was born completely changed now that you're about to have #2?
For once, a large conglomerate seems to have the consumers' back.