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Prevent a Poisoning

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/03/prevent-a-poisoning/

Keep Baby Monitor Cords Out of Reach

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Baby Monitor Cords Safety Alert

Your baby is here and you’ve got the nursery set up: the crib, the changing table, the baby monitor.

But wait. Is the baby monitor in a safe place? Does it have a cord near the crib?

If so, read on:

CPSC is warning parents and caregivers about the dangers of placing baby monitors too close to cribs, bassinets and play yards. Babies can and have been strangled by baby monitor cords.

Since 2004, CPSC has received six reports of infants who were strangled by baby monitor cords that were placed too close to a crib. In the most recent death—in March 2010—a 10-month-old girl from Washington, D.C., pulled a camera monitor into her crib and was strangled by the cord.

Regardless of whether your baby is mobile or standing, be sure to:

  • Use a wireless baby monitor to avoid risk of strangulation, or
  • Make sure the cords on your corded monitor are out of arm’s reach of your baby, and
  • Check to make sure no other cords (on lamps, nightlights, radios, and window coverings) are near your baby’s sleep environment.
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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/10/keep-baby-monitor-cords-out-of-reach/

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CPSC Launches New Effort to Find Recalled Simplicity Cribs Still In Use

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Recent Infant Death in a Recalled Simplicity Wooden Drop Side Crib Raises Number of Fatalities to 11. Some of the Cribs include the Graco Logo and Winnie-the-Pooh Motif.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers about the dangers associated with recalled Simplicity wooden drop side cribs manufactured by Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc., of Reading, Pa.  The firms appear to no longer conduct day to day operations. 

CPSC has recently been made aware of an additional death which occurred in September 2009 involving a 7-month-old child from Princeton, Kentucky who became entrapped in the crib when a part of it broke.  On July 2, 2009, CPSC issued a recall describing the death of an 8-month-old child from Houston, Texas who became entrapped and suffocated between the drop side and the crib mattress when a plastic connector on the drop side broke.  CPSC also is aware of an additional 25 incidents involving the drop side detaching from the crib. Read more

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2009/12/cpsc-launches-new-effort-to-find-recalled-simplicity-cribs-still-in-use/

Maclaren USA Recalls 1 Million Strollers

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Maclaren USA is voluntarily recalling about 1 million strollers because of fingertip lacerations and amputations. This recall involves all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers. The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding or opening the stroller. 

The firm has received 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller’s hinge mechanism, resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the United States. The word “Maclaren” is printed on the stroller. The affected models included in this recall are Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller. They were sold at Babies R Us, Target and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1999 through November 2009 for between $100 and $360.

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled strollers and contact Maclaren USA to receive a free repair kit. Read more

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