Infant and Child Product Recalls
Recalls of juvenile products highlight the importance of proper assembly and use of everyday products. A recall demonstrates the company’s commitment to making safe products and taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of those who use them. As with all consumer products it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s assembly instructions. A recall should serve as a reminder to all consumers to regularly check their products to ensure that they are properly assembled and being used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Consumers should check with manufacturers if they have any concerns about product assembly.
If you receive hand-me-downs or buy children’s products at second-hand shops or yard sales, make sure they are safe and check to see if they have been recalled BEFORE you purchase it.
Avoid buying car seats or cribs second hand. Car seats take a lot of wear and tear and should be replaced every five years, even when bought new. And car seats should never be used after it’s been involved in an accident. Cribs and bassinets are a popular hand-me-down product because they often carry sentimental value if it’s passed down through generations. The bottom line is a lot has changed in the 30 years since you slept in it. With the risk of hurting anyone’s feelings, it is really important to check that the crib or bassinet meets current safety standards. Hand-me-down cribs and bassinets have a greater chance of missing parts since it’s most likely been reassembled numerous times and traveled.
The above recalls are specific to infants and children up to preschool age. Visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for a complete list of product recalls for older children and products not specifically related to children. You can also visit www.recalls.gov receive email alerts.
Please note that the CPSC does not issue recalls on child restraint seats. For a complete list of child restraint seat recalls, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's car seat recall Web site.
What To Do If You Have A Recalled Product
If you have a recalled product, carefully follow the government’s instructions for that individual recalled product or visit the manufacturers Web site directly. It could require you to stop using the product, repair it, or return it. If the recommendation is to stop using the product, especially with a crib recall, be sure to find a safe alternative.
How Can A JPMA Certified Product Be Recalled?
When products are tested, they are assembled and used in accordance with the manufacturers stated intent as embodied in the assembly and use instructions. If the instructions are not followed, risks associated with use of any product may be exacerbated. Not all recalls occur because of a violation of a regulation or product standard. In addition, recalls do not account for certain factors typically not measurable in a lab, such as wear and tear over time.