Freezer Packs, High Chairs and Bike Trailers Top January’s Recall List

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced 25 recalls in January, including one expansion of a previously recalled bicycle. While that is slightly more than the 23 recalls we saw in December, it is still lower than we typically see this time of year. Over the past five years, the CPSC has issued an average of 33 recalls in January. It is still too early to predict a decline in recalls for 2012, but we will be watching closely.

Of the 25 products recalled by the CPSC in January, eight, or 32%, were children’s products. Three of those products topped 100,000 units recalled, including Lunch Kits, High Chairs and Bicycle Trailers.

California Innovations (a Canadian company) recalled soft-pack lunch boxes and insulated food carriers because the freezer packs that were included with the containers are filled with toxic gel. The gel freezer packs are either blue or clear plastic with blue gel. The word “Cryofreeze” is printed on the outside.

While no children were reported to have been injured, the company received two separate reports of dogs chewing the packs, causing injury to one and death to the other. Consumers are urged to dispose of the packs in accordance with federal, state and/or local regulations.

IKEA recalled 169,000 ANTILOP high chairs in the US and Canada after receiving eight reports of the buckles coming undone unexpectedly, including three incidents that resulted in falls from the chair. This is the highest number of injuries reported with a January recall. The highchair had been on the market for three years from August 2006 to January 2010, however the announcement did not include any information regarding when the incident reports were received.

Chariot Carriers, a division of Thule, recalled bicycle trailers and conversion kits because the hitch can detach from the bicycle. This is another case where the product had not been sold for more than a year. The last time the company sold the item new was in August 2010, so be especially diligent to check your trailer if you have owned it for a while or purchased it secondhand.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also issued a children’s product recall in January. The recall, for Britax Chaperone infant car seats, was the first child restraint recalled by the agency in nearly a year. The Chaperone carriers were recalled due to a problem with the harness adjuster that causes the straps to not work properly. Earlier models of Chaperone infant car seat were recalled in 2010 to replace a faulty chest clip. Other child-related recalls in January included toys, furniture and helmets. You can view the complete list of recent children’s product recalls here.

The remaining, non-children’s product recalls span several categories from flashlights and lamps to golf carts and snowmobiles. Of note, there were also four recalls of adult bicycles in January, so if you are getting ready to dust off the bike as the weather warms, be sure to check these recalls first.

You can search for the products you own and browse the latest recalls at WeMakeItSafer.com