A year in review, children’s products recalls of 2012

Written by: Dev Gowda

We get it. Life is busy and you fall behind on checking all those products laying around the house for recalls. That’s OK, KID understands. Not only is it hard to check the items you already have, but it’s really difficult to keep up with the almost two children’s product recalls that are happening every week.

That’s why we put all the recalls from 2012 together in an easy to read chart as part of our annual recall report Safe Sleep, Safe Play: Children’s Product Safety and Recalls in 2012. Maybe you caught us on the news with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan talking about the report, if you didn’t; you can see the video here and check out our pictures from the event here.

The good news is the efforts to strengthen children’s product safety are working.  Recalls for cribs and toys with lead – both the subject of new tough safety standards – have dropped significantly.  However, the report has some key findings that are critical for parents to be aware of.

Here are a few:

  • Sleep environment products continue to pose a significant hazard, with 7 deaths associated with these products. KID urges you to follow our safe sleep tips and remember that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a crib that meets the toughest safety standards with nothing in the crib except the baby and a fitted sheet on a tight fitting mattress.
  • A third of the recalls (31%) were for nursery products designed for infants and toddlers. Use our handy child product inventory sheet to keep track of the products you use with your youngest children.
  • While the number of children’s product recalls dropped in 2012, the numbers of incidents (up 49%), injuries (up 42%) and deaths (up 200%) associated with those products rose dramatically.

We know it might seem like a lot of work to keep up with recalls, but these injuries show the importance of removing dangerous products from your home or anywhere your child spends time. Make it easy to keep up with recalls by signing up for our monthly emails, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.  Don’t forget that you can help keep other children safe by reporting unsafe products to SaferProducts.gov. Stay safe!

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM