December 19, 2018 CPSC; GNC recalls women’s iron complete supplements because they fail to meet the federal child resistant closure requirement, posing a risk of poisoning. Units: 756,000.
December 20, 2018 FDA; Terrific Care, LLC. / Medex Supply Dist, Inc. initiated a nationwide recall of Roche CoaguChek because they indicate inaccurate results relating to blood clotting.
December 20, 2018 CPSC; Navien recalls tankless water heaters and boilers because an add-on to convert them from natural gas to propane can cause the unit to produce excessive amounts of carbon monoxide, posing a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to consumers. Units 3,400.
December 20, 2018 CPSC; Miles Industries recalls gas fireplaces because the trim around the fireplaces can leak hot exhaust air posing a burn hazard. Units: 1,000 (1,900 sold in Canada).
December 19, 2018 CPSC; Manhattan Toy recalls children’s books because a grommet can fall off and if swallowed can pose a choking hazard. Units: 1,180 (20 sold in Canada).
December 18, 2018 CPSC; TerraTrike recalls adult tricycles because a sensor can activate unexpectedly and cause the bike to power forward, posing a crash hazard. Units: 450.
December 18, 2018 CPSC; Children’s Place recalls infant snowsuits because the metal snaps can detach and pose a choking hazard to young children. Units: 14,900 (750 sold in Canada).
December 13, 2018; CPSC; TJX Drawer Knobs sold at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods recalled because they can break or shatter and pose a laceration hazard. Units: 21,500 (1,700 sold in Canada).
December 13, 2018 CPSC; Lotus Foods recalls ramen noodle soup cups because directions incorrectly instruct on proper use in microwaves, posing fire and burn risks. Units: 239,000.
December 12, 2019 CPSC; White-Rodgers recalls thermostats because of a wiring defect, posing a fire hazard. Units: 135,000 (15,000 sold in Canada).
December 13, 2018 CPSC; Raj Imports recalls women’s scarves because they fail to meet federal flammability standards for clothing. Units: 300.
December 13, 2018 CPSC; The Company Store recalls children’s robes because they do not meet federal flammability standards posing a burn hazard. Units: 13,000.
December 6, 2018 CPSC; Skip Hop recalls convertible high chairs because their legs can separate from the seat posing injury and fall hazards. Units: 32,300 (8,600 sold in Canada).
December 6, 2018 CPSC; Kawasaki USA Recalls Off-Highway Utility Vehicles because rollover protection mechanism can fail posing an injury hazard. Units: 1,000.
December 6, 2018 CPSC; Meijer recalls Falls Creek Kids infant and toddler hoodies because the zipper slider can detach posing a choking hazard. Units: 25,000.
December 4, 2018 CPSC; Signature Hardware recalls wall-mounted shower seats because the hardware can corrode posing fall and laceration hazards. Units: 7,200 (80 sold in Canada).
December 4, 2018 CPSC; Foremost recalls shower doors and panels because the pivot hinges can fail and cause doors to separate, posing injury and impact hazards. Units: 700.
November 27, 2018 CPSC; Lumber Liquidators recalls 5-gallon buckets because they lack required warnings about child drowning, posing a drowning hazard. Units: 22,700.
CPSC Collaborates with Window Covering Industry on Cordless Standard
Ending decades of false starts, the CPSC has worked with the window covering industry on a new voluntary standard calling for cordless or accessible free cords on window coverings. Cords on window coverings have led to numerous child strangulations. The acting chairwoman of the agency said she expects broad compliance with the new guidelines and “a significant reduction in strangulations of young children.” The standard took effect on December 15, 2018.
CPSC and Britax Agree on Education Efforts to Respond to Jogging Stroller Wheel Malfunction
The child product manufacturer Britax and the CPSC agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the agency about the front wheel quick release function of jogging strollers which could detach suddenly and cause a serious fall hazard. The company agreed to a significant public education program on proper use of the wheel release system, including production and distribution of a video. The jogging stroller was not recalled and consumer advocates voiced concern about the settlement. The CPSC vote on the settlement was 3-2. There were over 200 reports about the issue, including 97 injuries.
Four-year-old Swallowing 13 Tiny Magnets Loses Parts of His Colon, Intestines in Life-Saving Surgery
The mother of 4-year-old Beck is warning parents about the dangers in leaving magnets in the reach of children. Jennifer White of Appleton, Wisconsin told her son’s story on Facebook and the news media. Beck was getting sicker and sicker on Christmas Eve, began to vomit and his complexion darkened. He had swallowed 13 tiny magnets which created a hole in his intestines which became infected. Surgery removing parts of his colon, intestines and appendix at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin saved the boy. Jennifer Hoekstra of Safe Kids Grand Rapids, Michigan, based at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, was quoted in a Today Show story about the case.
FDA Warns Against Use of Teething Necklaces, Bracelets
The Food and Drug Administration has alerted parents, caregivers and health care providers against the use of jewelry used to relieve teething pain. The agency said that it has received reports of strangulation and choking from their use. In addition to teething, the bracelets and necklaces have been used to provide sensory stimulation to children with special needs, such as autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
New Car Seat Laws Took Effect January 1 in Nebraska, Illinois
Laws passed in Nebraska and Illinois will heighten safety requirements for young children in cars took effect with the New Year. In Illinois, the law now requires drivers to place infants and toddlers to remain in a rear-facing position for as long as possible unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall. In Nebraska, children will now have to remain in a booster seat up to age 8 and in the rear-facing position until the child outgrows the manufacturer’s allowable height and weight guidelines.