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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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Window Covering Hazard

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Are your window coverings safe?  Over the weekend, a young child from Damascus, Maryland tragically strangled in a window covering. About once a month a child dies from a window cord strangulation. In recent years, CPSC has recalled more than 5  million window coverings.

Today, we are urging parents to examine all window coverings in their homes. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit. Watch the video, download our new Safety Alert, and let’s prevent these tragedies.

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Change Your Clocks – Change Your Batteries!

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Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is approaching and before the ghosts and goblins take to the streets in search of candy treats, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is providing these safety tips to prevent injuries related to burns from flammable costumes. Candle flames and flammable costumes can be a dangerous combination. Costumes made of natural fibers such as cotton are extremely flammable and it can be very dangerous if they come in contact with an open flame. It is important to use inherently flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon and polyester when making kid’s costumes. Flame-resistant fabrics will resist burning and should extinguish quickly. Read more

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Hidden Drowning Dangers

 

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The end of the outdoor swimming and pool season doesn’t mean the end of drowning dangers for young children. After pools, more children drown in bathtubs than in any other product in and around the home. Children can drown in only inches of water in bathtubs, baby seats or bathinettes, buckets and pails, landscaping or yard products, and other products found in and around the home. The majority of reported in-home drownings and non-fatal submersion incidents in homes involved children younger than 2 years old. See CPSC’s staff report on young children’s drownings and non-fatal submersion incidents in homes.

Parents need to know that water anywhere is a potential drowning hazard to children. A lapse in supervision by caregivers is the leading cause of preventable children’s in-home drownings. Never leave young children alone, even for a moment, near any water.

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