Toys, Travel Cases and Tools – December Recalls of Note


Guest post by:

Jennifer Toney, CEO at WeMakeItSafer.com

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 Hearts 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 http://WeMakeItSafer.com .

About the Author

Jennifer Toney is CEO at WeMakeItSafer.com, a company that builds web applications to help consumers and retailers check and monitor products for safety recalls. After finding more than her fair share of recalled products in her own home, Jennifer founded WeMakeItSafer to help families and store owners identify dangerous products more easily. You can follow Jennifer on twitter at @Jennifer_Toney and WeMakeItSafer on facebook at http://facebook.com/WeMakeItSafer

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