The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) works with manufacturers to assess risk and recall defective products. When products have been shown to pose a safety risk to consumers, steps must be taken to stop use. So far, it has been a very busy year for inspectors, especially related to products designed for children.
So far in 2019, there have been dozens of products recalled, 13 children’s products stand out.
13 Defective Products that Endangered Children
The recalled products listed below have caused serious injuries, infant deaths, house fires, and significant financial losses. Consequently, if you have one of these items in your home, stop using it immediately.
Bullseye’s Playground Wooden Toy Vehicles
In April 2019, Target announced a recall of 500,000 Bullseye’s Playground wooden toys. The toys were sold in stores between October and November 2018. The recall was initiated after several customers reported wheels detaching from the toys, which poses a serious choking hazard for children.
The recall notice urges parents to take these toys away from children immediately. At this time no injuries have been reported
Go Couture Children’s Loungewear
Go Couture children’s sleepwear sets were recalled in April 2019 after the products failed flammability standards. The sleepwear sets were sold at Uname it, Pajama Mama, Blew Boutique, and in children stores online. The sets were sold from August 2016 through November 2018.
Children’s clothing marketed as sleepwear must pass a federal flammability standards. These sets of clothing failed the standard, putting children at risk of injury. The long-sleeve top and pants are made of 47 percent polyester, 47 percent rayon and six percent spandex. The garments were either pink or blue. They were available for purchase in sizes 12 months to 12 years.
The CPSC strongly recommends returning or discarding these garments.
Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers
In April 2019, Fisher-Price recalled almost five million of their Rock ‘n Play sleepers amid reports that the defective products were associated with more than 30 infant deaths. Many of the infants who died rolled over in the sleeper and suffocated. The inclined design of the sleeper may also have contributed to some SIDS- related deaths.
The sleeper has been on the market since 2009. The recall applies to all models of the sleeper ever sold. The recall led to intense scrutiny over this type of sleeper.
Universal Rechargeable Power Banks
Manufacturer Daniel M. Friedman & Associates announced a recall of around 170,000 defective products in March 2019. The universal rechargeable power banks were manufactured for use with smartphones. They were sold in several kid-friendly colors and shapes including a unicorn, a penguin, a narwhal, and a cat. The power banks were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Kohl’s, and Ross stores.
The recall followed several consumer complaints that the power banks can overheat. One family reported a house fire that caused $150,000 in damage.
DG Naturals Baby Cough Syrup + Mucus
Sold in Dollar General stores, and manufactured by Kingston Pharma, this children’s medicine was the subject of a recall in March 2019. The recall was initiated after harmful levels of bacteria were found in the medicine. The Bacillus cereus and Bacillus circulans bacterias found can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
About 10 percent of bottles tested positive for low levels of Bacillus cereus, while about 20 percent of bottles tested positive for levels of Bacillus circulans. The defective products were 2 fl. oz. bottles, with lot number KL180157 and an expiration date of November 2020.
WIC Nutrition Plates
The federal nutrition assistance program WIC provides nutrition plates featuring dividers and colorful pictures intended to teach children about a healthy, balanced diet. However many of the WIC nutrition plates given to WIC participants are labeled as microwave safe, and yet contain aluminum. The metal in the plate poses a significant fire hazard when exposed to microwaves.
The recalled WIC plate has a manufacturer logo on the back, identified as Brush Art. It has a date code of July 2018. The CPSC has received two reports of these plates catching fire in the microwave. The WIC program and the CPSC both strongly encourage consumers to replace the nutrition plates with ones that do not contain aluminum. Families can pick up a free replacement plate by stopping by a WIC clinic.
WIC plates engraved with a stamp reading ISP219 are not part of this recall.
Cat & Jack Unicorn “Chiara” Boots
Target announced a recall of their cat and Jack brand Unicorn “Chiara” boots after consumers complained the unicorn horn detaches easily. As a result, the detached part posed a choking hazard to the toddlers for whom the boots are intended. The recall applies to 33,000 pairs of Cat & Jack boots in shoe size 1 and sizes 5-13.
Consumers purchased these defective products both in Target stores and online. Target is offering a full refund to consumers who return the product.
Power Wheels Barbie Dream Campers
Fisher-Price voluntarily recalled more than 40,000 child-sized Barbie Dream Campers in February 2019. The hot pink toy is big enough for young children to sit in and drive. It was recalled after discovery of a safety hazard where the camper can apparently keep running even after the foot pedal is released.
Fisher-Price received 17 complaints of runaway Barbie Dream Campers, but thankfully, no injuries have been reported that this time. Fisher-Price sold the battery-operated car at Wal-Mart. The CPSC suggests consumers take the camper away from children until a repair can be completed, which is free if consumers contact Fisher-Price.
Hot Mom Portable Bed Rails
Amazon seller, Hot Mom, sold these portable bed safety rails until safety concerns led to a recall in January 2019. These defective products reportedly failed to meet safety standards for sleeping products for children, posing risks of suffocation and entrapment to small children.
The manufacturer sold the bed rails only through Amazon and has been contacting all affected customers directly regarding the recall.
Baby Rattle Socks
Distributor Midwest-CBK, issued a recall for more than 20,000 pairs of themed baby rattle socks. The recalled socks have rattle ornaments attached to the toe, which could detach from the sock easily, therefore posing a choking hazard to infants. The defective products were available for purchase in boutiques and retailers nationwide from October 2017 through December 2018.
The socks were available for purchase in sizes 0-12 months and featured an animal or character, some of which were holiday-themed, such as a snowman or reindeer. Other designs of the sock included in the recall featured a whale, a flamingo, a tiger, and a shark.
The detachable rattle poses an immediate and serious choking risk to infants and caregivers should take the socks away from babies as soon as possible
Liquid ibuprofen packaged under the labels Wal-Mart, CVS Pharmacy, and Family Dollar brands were recalled in January 2019. The recall followed discovery that the products could contain higher concentrations of the active ingredient than shown on the label. The recalled medicine was specifically “Infant’s Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension” in 50 mg of ibuprofen per 1.25 mL concentrations.
Prolonged exposure to too much ibuprofen can lead to a permanent kidney injury in an infant. Less serious but certainly concerning side effects from consuming too much ibuprofen include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
The recalled lot numbers included:
- 00717009A, 00717015A, 00717024A, 00717005A sold at Wal-Mart under the brand “Equate”.
- 4718, 00717024A, 00717006A, sold at CVS under the brand “CVS Health”.
- 00717024A, sold at Family Dollar under the brand “Family Wellness”.
Cat & Jack Slap Bracelets
Target announced a recall of Cat & Jack slap bracelets due to reports that the interior metal wristband could pierce the fabric covering and expose a sharp edge. The exposed metal posed a risk of cuts to children wearing the product. These defective products injured five children prior to the recall, which was announced in October 2018. The recall applied to about 22,000 bracelets
Due to the risk of exposing a sharp edge, consumers should stop using the bracelets right away. The manufacturer, Fantasia Accessories offered consumers a replacement at no cost.
Eddie Bauer First Adventure Infant Carrier
Gold, Inc. recalled 22,000 Eddie Bauer First Adventure baby carriers in October 2018. The infant carriers posed a fall risk to babies when the buckles on the carrier broke and children fell out. At least eight caregivers reported broken buckles on the infant carrier before the recall was initiated.
Consumers were advised that they could recognize the recalled carriers by the markings “First Adventure” and “Eddie Bauer” in silver lettering on the products. The defective products were available for purchase between December 2017 and August 2018.
Has Your Child Been Injured by Defective Products?
It’s hard to say whether the deluge of recalls in the last year is comforting or not. On one hand, these dangerous products are no longer on the market, and consumers are more aware of the risks. That offers some degree of peace of mind.
On the other hand, many of these defective products were available for purchase for a year or more before the manufacturer or distributor decided to pull them from stores. During the time these items were available for sale, millions of children were at risk. Some of these defective products caused serious injury or death.
If one of your children sustained an injury while using one of these defective products, or any other product, contact Birth Injury Guide. Tell our attorneys about your experience, and find out if you are eligible for compensation. Fill out our online contact form or call us toll free at 1-877-415-6603.