Safe Kids wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. As you begin your shopping, here’s a list of top product recalls from the past several months. If you see them on a store shelf or web shopping site, don’t buy them. If they are in your home, don’t use them. Sometimes, recalled products are improperly sold at garage sales, flea markets or on sites like Craigslist. The recalls in the list represent at least 62 million products.
During the last holiday season, the hot product for gifts was the hoverboard. The lithium-ion battery packs that power the units can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Many of the recalled hoverboards were identified in our July 2016 recall report.
Here are a few of the top recalls for this year:
- Ikea recalled Malm chests and dressers because they are unstable and can fall over onto children if not properly anchored to a wall, posing tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or serious injuries in children. CPSC Units: 29 million.
- Samsung recalled Galaxy Note7 smartphones sold before September 15, 2016 because the lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Do not take them on airplanes. CPSC Units: at least 1,000,000.
- Toys ‘R’ Us recalled Babies‘R’Us pacifier clips because the clip’s spring mechanism can break and release small parts, posing a choking hazard. CPSC Units: 53,000.
- McDonald’s recalled “Step-It” Activity Wristbands because they can cause skin irritation or burns. CPSC Units: 29 million (an additional 3.6 million were sold in Canada).
- ALEX Toys recalled infant building play sets because small parts of the plastic toy can detach, which kids can swallow, risking a choking hazard. CPSC Units: 91,000.
- Starbucks recalled stainless steel drinking straws because the rigidity of the straw can poke children inside their mouth, posing an injury risk. CPSC Units: 2,500,000 (an additional 301,000 were sold in Canada).
- Cinmar recalled World Magnetic Travel Maps with a burl wood frame because if two or more magnets are swallowed and they become attached to each other, they can cause intestinal obstructions and perforations in smaller children, posing a risk of serious long-term health effects. CPSC Units: 4,500.
- Lorex recalled video baby monitors because the batteries can overheat, swell and expand, causing the battery cover to open and pose a burn hazard. CPSC Units: 26,000 (an additional 8,000 were sold in Canada).
- LaRose Industries recalled Cra-Z-Jewelz Ultimate Gem Machine because the “Slider Bracelet” in the jewelry making kit contains high levels of lead. CPSC Units: 175,000.
- Auldey Toys recalled Sky Rover Toys because the USB charging cords sold with the toy can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. CPSC Units: 325,000.
Car Seat, Booster Seat and Stroller Recalls
- Evenflo recalled Evolve 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats because a child can access the release button and loosen the harness. The child may not be properly secured in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury. NHTSA Units: 29,742.
- Baby Jogger, LLC recalled City GO Infant Car Seats, City GO Base for infant car seats and Vue Lite Infant Car Seat/Stroller Travel Systems because the instruction materials are incorrectly ordered. Confusion could cause parents to install the seat incorrectly, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Units: 15,103.
- Dorel Juvenile recalled Safety 1st Step and Go Travel System strollers because the stroller tray can partially disengage on one side when used with an infant car seat, posing a fall hazard. CPSC Units: About 20,000 (an additional 5,800 were sold in Canada).
- Pacific Cycle recalled swivel wheel jogging strollers because the front wheel can become loose and detach, posing crash and fall hazards. CPSC Units: 217,600.
- Combi USA recalled certain models of Coccoro Convertible Child Restraints, model number 8220, manufactured January 1, 2009, to June 29, 2016 because, in the event of a crash, the car seat may not absorb an adequate amount of force as required by federal regulations. The failure to adequately react to the force can cause injury. NHTSA Units: 39,000.
- This service collects recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Food and Drug Administration and Food Safety and Inspection Service. Parents Central at NHTSA’s safercar.gov is a go-to resource on car seats.