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Lacerating Sports Gear to Flammable Beds: Product Recalls in Review, November 2011

November was a relatively tame month in terms of Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls. The CPSC announced just 21 product recalls, including one expansion of a previously announced refrigerator recall, for a grand total of 1.1 million product units.  By comparison, since 2004, the CPSC has issued an average of 29 recalls for over 4 million units during the months of November.

 

The biggest “OUCH” in November 2011 recalls goes to Under Armour (UA) for football helmet chin straps with sharp metal snaps that can (try not to cringe) cut another player on contact. At the time of recall, there were six reports of players being cut badly enough to require stitches.  As if football were not rough enough!

This recall, with 541,000 units, also accounts for half of all the products recalled last month. The chin straps were sold in both adult and youth sizes, so be sure to check your kids’ equipment bags immediately.

 

Only one other November recall topped 100,000 units, the Kidgets Animal Sock Top Slippers .  These slippers with a “sock top” are adorned with plush dog, lion and duck faces. They are sized for toddlers but have small eyes that can detach, posing a choking hazard.

 

 

The Children’s Product with the most injuries reported at the time of recall was a pair of girls’ KEDS tennis shoes.  Small metal stars that decorate the shoes are cute but the points are very sharp!  27 families reported cuts and scratches.

That number is high enough to suggest even a small amount of additional testing could have caught this problem.  That being said, it does appear Collective Brands, the maker of KEDS, pulled the product quickly. The shoes were sold in stores for five months, and recalled within one month of discontinuing sales.

The most contentious recall in November was actually not a recall at all… yet!  The CPSC filed suit against Brooklyn Sleep Products after discovering that the firm was selling mattresses that did not comply with the Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA) and the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA).  According to the CPSC, the firm committed violations even after it had been preliminarily enjoined from selling violative mattresses.

In November, a United States District Judge ordered Brooklyn Sleep Products to recall all mattresses, mattress sets or mattress pads sold to consumers that failed federal flammability tests.  The recall has not yet been officially announced.

This is not the first time Brooklyn Sleep Products has been caught violating health and safety standards.  In the spring of 2008, they were the subject of an NBC Dateline investigation that uncovered bedbugs, fungi and other contaminants in their mattresses. The CPSC investigations that led to last month’s judgment began shortly thereafter in 2008.

Other home-related product recalls in November 2011 included wardrobes, refrigerators and light-switches.  Additional children’s product recalls include Disney-branded trikes, magnetic sketch-boards, cribs and stuffed animal accessories. Lastly, for adults, there were heated jackets, climbing equipment, and battery cases for iPhones and iPods, among others.

For a complete list of the latest product recalls, including images and information on what to do if you own one of these products, visit http://WeMakeItSafer.com/Recent-Recalls

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Jennifer P. Toney is founder and CEO at WeMakeItSafer.com, a product safety and recall information hub for consumers, resellers and brands.  You can follow Jennifer on twitter @Jennifer_Toney and her company @WeMakeItSafer.

 

19 Responses to “Lacerating Sports Gear to Flammable Beds: Product Recalls in Review, November 2011”

  1. Donna F.

    I really don't like how there are so many product recalls, especially on children's products. We sometimes take for granted that things we buy for our children are safe, when they actually may not be. There has been so much controversy with crib safety and truly concerns me. I wish companies would take extra time in development and testing to really ensure the safety of our children.

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  2. Cindi Hoppes

    I appreciate being made aware of all product recalls! Sometimes, it amazes how companies
    get away with some of they things they manufacture and sell!
    Many thanks, Cindi

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    • Life360

      Indeed! But in some cases I'm sure its just honest mistakes. Either way we are SO happy to have Jennifer from WeMakeItSafer here to help keep us safe! 🙂

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      • Jennifer Toney

        Thanks! We are really happy to be part of the Life360 community! Cindi, you are not alone in your sentiment, and in some cases, we too, are astounded at what makes it to market! Fortunately, the number of companies that face civil and criminal penalties (b/c they knew or should have known that they were doing something bad/wrong) are relatively few.

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        • Donna F.

          So true! Perhaps if these companies faced some sort of penalties they would think twice before putting some of these things to market.

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  3. Sleepyheadedmom

    Thank you for the link. It was actually a little scary seeing recent recalls of drop side cribs. There was a ban on manufacturing and selling drop side cribs and it went into effect last June. You would think they would have recalled all of them when the ban went into effect.

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    • Jennifer Toney

      It's a really good point. Many, MANY people agree that all of the drop-side cribs should have been recalled. Since the cribs were not in violation when they were made and sold, they were not automatically recalled, BUT it is now illegal to sell any cribs, new or used, that do not meet the new standards. Here is a bit more info on drop-side cribs and what to do if you own one. http://wemakeitsafer.com/blog/2011/04/my-drop-sid

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  4. patricia skinner

    I appreciate knowing about the recall’s. Lives are precious and losing them to fashion is sad and a true tragedy.

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  5. Patrice

    I"m very glad that there are sites that inform us of these recalls. It would be nice if companies would do more thorough planning and testing of their products, so that these dangerous items wouldn't be sold to the public in the first place.

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  6. Jan Warner

    I am glad companies recall items that are dangerous. I appreciate the knowledge even if I don't have the product.

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  7. Charity S

    I am actually bookmarking all of the product recalls. It's really becoming an epidemic.

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  8. spirit_kim

    It seems like there are always quite a few baby item recalls. It seems like children's products should be right when they come out. I guess they just don't know everything until the product gets into use.

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  9. Jamie

    it always makes me nervous when children's recalls come out. there has to be a better way at testing products before they are available for purchase…

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  10. Christy Ann

    I agree that seeing the baby/kids toy recalls is kind of scary. It is so easy to assume that if a product is made for babies it must be safe. Sadly, that is not always the case.

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  11. Judith

    i fortunately do not own any of the recall products. But I and my friends and relatives during "the day" owned drop down side cribs and no baby in my sphere was ever injuried. Thank God

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