Top Baby Product Recalls of 2011

As the year comes to an end, we are looking back over the biggest infant and child product recalls of 2011 with the help of Parents magazine. Throughout 2011, our personal injury attorneys in Chicago watched the news and updated our blogs regarding important product recalls and how to protect families from personal injury caused by faulty gear.

A brief recap of the Top 5 Baby Product Recalls of 2011, with assistance from Parents Magazine.

5. Booster Seats: Both Target Circo and Phil & Teds made versions of booster seats to assist with eating without the use of a high chair that were recalled. The Target Circo booster seat’s buckle was likely to come unclasped, resulting in children falling out of the seat. Missing or worn clamp pads on the Phil & Ted’s clip-on booster chair can result in the chair detaching itself from the table surface. As a result, children can fall from table height, possibly getting their fingers stuck in the clamp.

4. Arms Reach Concepts Infant Bed-Side Sleepers: This product posed a suffocation risk when its fabric liner was not securely attached, creating an opportunity for infants to fall from the mattress, risking suffocation due to entrapment between the mattress and the side of the sleeper.

3. Strollers, Strollers and More Strollers: There were several stroller recalls this year, many in the mid to high price range. Examples include Phil & Ted’s joggers (finger amputation or laceration hazard) & Explorer(brake mechanism issue), B.O.B. (choking and/or strangulation hazard), Britax B-Nimble (brake issue)

2. Crib Bumpers: We blogged extensively about this topic this year, due largely in part to the Chicago Tribune investigation in early 2011 into the hazards of crib bumpers. While there has still not been a nationwide ban on this controversial infant product, they have been banned in certain locales (like Chicago). Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics lent credibility to claims that crib bumpers can be hazardous to infants, updating their guidelines to reflect the risk.

1. Drop Side Cribs:
“The Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop-side cribs in 2011 following the deaths of 150 babies from 2007 to 2010. This act spurred multiple drop-side recalls from many crib manufacturers after the law took effect. If you have a drop-side crib in your home, don’t donate or sell it, instead discard it or request a free hardware kit to immobilize the crib,” advises Parents Magazine.

These are just a few of several product recalls due to safety issues. Parents, particularly first-time parents of very young children are faced with many products to help them care for their children and often assume that if an item is on a store shelf it is safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. For this reason, our Chicago personal injury attorneys recommend that parents stay up to date on product recalls and contact a legal professional if their child is injured by a faulty product.

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