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1.2 Million Graco High Chairs Recalled

Graco Harmony High Chair Plastic Part

The plastic portion at the top of the back leg of the high chair can crack. To look for cracks, unscrew the plastic cover that goes over the piece shown in this photo and remove the cover. Replace the cover when you are finished checking for cracks.

Moms, Dads, are you using a Graco Harmony high chair? If so, this recall affects you and your child.

The screws holding the front legs of the high chair can loosen and fall out. Also, the plastic cover on the front legs and the bracket on the rear legs can crack. When either of these things happen, the high chairs become unstable and can tip over unexpectedly.

Graco has received 464 reports of screws loosening and/or brackets cracking, causing high chairs to unexpectedly tip over. Parents and caregivers of 24 children have reported injuries, including a hairline fracture to the arm and bumps, bruises and scratches.

Harmony high chairs were sold at AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies “R” Us, Sears, Shopko, Target, Target.com, Toys “R” Us, Walmart, WalMart.com, USA Baby, and other retailers nationwide from December 2003 through March 2010 for between $70 and $120.

Don’t let your Harmony high chair sit around unfixed. To order a free repair kit, call Graco toll-free at (877) 842-3206 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.gracobaby.com. For additional information, contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. If you see cracks in your high chair, be sure to tell Graco.

Graco Harmony High Chair Loose Screw

These screws at the top of both legs on the high chair (seen from the underside) can loosen and fall out.

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Padres: Tengan Mucho Cuidado Cuando Usen Cargadores de Tela para Bebé

Video: Advertencia sobre los Cargadores de Tela Para Bebé

La Comisión para la Seguridad de los Productos de Consumo de los Estados Unidos está alertando a los padres y cuidadores a que tengan muchísimo cuidado cuando carguen un bebé menor de 4 meses en un cargador de tela y que se aseguren de que la cara de su bebé este visible en todo momento.

Un estudio de la CPSC sobre el uso de cargadores de tela para bebé en los pasados 20 años encontró que al menos 14 bebés han muerto dentro de este tipo de cargadores desde el 1998. Tres de estas muertes ocurrieron en el 2009.

En sus primeros meses de vida, el bebé no puede controlar el movimiento de su cabeza debido a que los músculos del cuello son débiles. Cuando el bebé se coloca dentro del cargador y su cara está bajo el borde del mismo, el bebé no puede levantar la cabeza para respirar. Esto presenta dos peligros:

Número 1: Si el bebé vira la cara hacia el adulto, su nariz y su boca pueden ser presionadas contra el cargador lo cual impide que el bebé pueda respirar. El bebé puede asfixiarse rápidamente en uno o dos minutos.

Número 2: Además, en el caso en que el cargador mantenga el bebé en una posición encorvada donde la barbilla se empuja sobre el pecho, las vias respiratorias pueden ser bloqueadas parcialmente y el bebé puede quedar inconsciente. El bebé no podrá llorar para pedir ayuda.

Pedimos encarecidamente a los padres y cuidadores que mantengan estos peligros en mente cuando estén seleccionado un cargador que se amarre al torso. Si usa cualquier tipo de cargador que se amarre al torso, asegúrese de que la cara de su bebé no esté cubierta y de que usted puede verla en todo momento. Cuando su bebé esté dentro del cargador verique frecuentemente que su bebé esté bien.

Muchos de los bebés que murieron en cargadores de tela eran un gemelo, estaban bajo peso o eran prematuros, o tenían otros problemas de salud, como un resfriado. Instamos a los padres de niños que tengan estas características a que tengan muchísimo cuidado y que hablen con su doctor sobre el uso de los cargadores de tela.

Para evitar que los bebés se caigan de los cargadores que se amarran al torso los adultos que los usen deben verificar que los seguros y lazos están bien ajustados y que los niños están seguros antes de tratar de alcanzar algun objeto.

Hace dos meses la Comisión clasificó los cargadores de tela como un producto infantil duradero. Esta clasificación es el primer paso para el desarrollo de una norma voluntaria de seguridad para los cargadores de tela.

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Parents: Use Extra Caution When Wearing Baby Slings

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents and caregivers to use extra caution when carrying infants younger than 4 months old in slings and make sure that an infant’s face is visible to baby wearers at all times.

When researching incident reports of sling use for the past 20 years, CPSC identified at least 14 babies who died since 1998 inside sling-style infant carriers. Three of those deaths were in 2009.

In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles. When they are placed with their faces below the rim of a sling, they are not able to lift their heads to breathe. This can lead to two hazardous situations.

First, one particular risk occurs when the baby’s head is turned toward the adult. An infant’s nose and mouth can be pressed against the carrier and become blocked, preventing the baby from breathing. Suffocation can happen quickly, within a minute or two.

Second, when a baby lies in a sling, the fabric can push the baby’s head forward to its chest. Infants can’t lift their heads and free themselves to breathe. This curled, chin-to-chest position can partially restrict a baby’s airways, causing a baby to lose consciousness. The baby cannot cry out for help.

CPSC urges parents and caregivers to keep these dangers in mind when selecting wearable carriers for babies. If you use any type of wearable carrier, make sure the infant’s face is not covered and is visible to you at all times. Be vigilant about checking on your baby often when your baby is in a carrier.

Many of the babies who died in slings were either a twin or were low birth weight or premature babies, or babies with other health issues, such as a cold. Therefore, CPSC is urging parents of those children to use extra caution and consult their pediatricians about using slings.

To prevent babies from falling out of wearable baby carriers, adults who use them should double check that latches and ties are tight and make sure that babies are secure before they bend over or reach for things.

Two months ago, the CPSC commission classified slings as a durable infant product. This classification is a first step toward developing a mandatory safety standard for slings.

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More Children’s Jewelry Found to Have High Levels of Cadmium

Rudolph bracelet

This “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” bracelet manufactured by Buy-Rite Designs of Freehold, N.J., has high levels of cadmium and should be thrown away.

 

Hey, Mom! Take those “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” brand children’s Christmas and winter-themed bracelets away from your kids and throw them away.

That’s the latest safety alert from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The charms on the bracelets tested with very high levels of cadmium.

The bracelets, which were sold at dollar stores nationwide, were flagged by the Associated Press in a January story about cadmium in children’s jewelry products.

These bracelets are the second round of children’s metal jewelry recalled by CPSC because of high levels of cadmium. The first was a recall of two “Princess and the Frog” necklaces.

CPSC reiterates that parents and caregivers should not allow young children to be given or to play with cheap metal jewelry, especially when they are unsupervised. Swallowing, sucking on or chewing a metal charm or necklace could result in exposure to lead, cadmium or other heavy metals, which are known to be toxic at certain levels of exposure.

Buy-Rite Designs of Freehold, N.J., The company that made the Rudolph bracelets, has gone out of business. Sorry, no refund.

snowman bracelet

This Bumble Snowman bracelet manufactured by Buy-Rite Designs of Freehold, N.J., has high levels of cadmium and should be thrown away.

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We Want You!

We need your help!

We at CPSC are doing everything we can to get recalled products off of store shelves and online auctions. But it’s hard to monitor every sale of thousands of types of products to 300 million people. We have skilled staff here at CPSC who monitor and help stop illegal online transactions of recalled products, but we can’t patrol every nook of the Internet alone.

Sometimes, recalled products end up for sale online. Here’s where you come in. By virtue of you reading this post, we know that you are online. We would like you to keep an eye out for dangerous products – products that could put the safety of children and consumers at risk – and let us know about them. Each day that a recalled product is in use is a day in which consumers are taking a chance on someone being injured or killed by that product.

Here’s how you can help: Keep track of CPSC recalls online or by subscribing to CPSC recall alerts. If you run across a recalled product for sale online, e-mail us at websafety@cpsc.gov. We’ll take it from there. Yes, it is that simple.

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