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Toys, Tools and Furniture – December Recalls Ran the Gamut

Three Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls topped 100,000 units in December making them, statistically, the ones most likely to be in your home. They include the Colorful Heats Teddy sold by Build-A-Bear Workshop, recalled for eyes that pose a choking hazard; Circo-brand children’s travel suitcases sold at Target, recalled for excess levels of lead; and Rayovac NI-CD Cordless Tool Battery Packs recalled due to risk of explosion.

 

 

 

 

 

In each case, as with most recalls, the remedy is relatively simple – stop using the product and return it for a refund or store credit. Visit the links above for further instructions if you think you may own one of these products.

In terms of risk of injury, one December recall, the Pottery Barn Children’s Bed Canopy, stood out as having a relatively high number of incidents and injuries reported before the recall was announced. The canopy, sold separately and as part of twin, full and queen-sized beds can fall and strike individuals sleeping or playing in or nearby the bed. By the time the recall was announced there had been 33 reports of the canopies falling, causing 9 reported minor injuries and one report of an injury severe enough to require stiches. The canopies were sold for several years, beginning in December 2003. Although there is no information about when the product-failures were reported, the number of incidents and injuries as a percentage of the number of units being recalled is significantly higher than the average recall. Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma, is offering a free repair to canopy owners. More information can be found here.

Another stand-out in terms of incidents reported before recall was a glass dining table sold by West Elm, also a division of Williams-Sonoma. 14 reports of the table collapsing or breaking were received during the product’s short, four-month time on the market. One minor injury was reported. West Elm is offering full store credit and will pick up the table for free. Learn more here.

Similarly, two recalls of golf cars, hunting and utility vehicles had significant reports of product failure prior to recall, so if you own this type of motorized cart, be sure to check the list.

Other consumer product recalls in December included toys, strollers, children’s sleepwear, women’s shoes, kitchen gadgets, snowmobiles and holiday décor. You can flip through images of all the latest recalls at WeMakeItSafer.com.

13 Responses to “Toys, Tools and Furniture – December Recalls Ran the Gamut”

  1. Donna F.

    I had no idea about many of these recalls. This can really make you worry when you buy something for children if it is truly safe.

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    • Jennifer Toney

      So true. There are literally thousands of recalls each year, making it impossible for parents to keep up. As Life360 said, the good news is that we're building tools to try to make knowing about relevant recalls easier (without going crazy reading about all of them).

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  2. Judy Bradley

    Any purchase for a child definitely takes thorough investigation as to construction, materials used, and safety. Even clothing can be a fire hazard if made of certain materials and anywhere near a heat source. Research is worth the time it takes in preventing injury, poisoning, or other problems for our children.

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  3. Hannah

    I believe trust needs to be established. If there is strong trust the child will take advice from said parent they have strong trust with.

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  4. Marcia Goss

    I guess it's really worth doing some research before buying a toy or piece of furniture for your child.

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    • Jennifer Toney

      Absolutely. Especially if the item is secondhand, take a few moments to check for recalls. Same goes for pre-loved gifts from friends and family. We strongly advocate for reuse, but needs a bit of care, too.

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  5. Judy L

    If you notice quality issues when you assemble the item it's best just to return it right away.

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  6. giveawayhound

    I think many people do not realize or care that it's illegal to sell recalled items.

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    • jennifertoney

      You are definitely correct that many people don't realize just how many products have been recalled, and may sell them without thinking to check. Fortunately, at least in our experience, once people do know, they will take the time to make sure an item is safe before selling. We've worked really hard to build tools that make checking for recalls fast and simple, so hopefully this will be a growing trend.

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    • Jennifer Toney

      You are definitely correct that many people don't realize just how many products have been recalled, and may sell them without thinking to check. Fortunately, at least in our experience, once people do know, they will take the time to make sure an item is safe before selling. We've worked really hard to build tools that make checking for recalls fast and simple, so hopefully this will be a growing trend.

      Reply

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