OnSafety is the Official Blog Site of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Here you'll find the latest safety information as well as important messages that will keep you and your family safe. We hope you'll visit often!

Welcome!

A Baby’s Bath – What You Need to Know

The right way to bathe your baby: Always within arm’s reach.

The right way to bathe your baby: Always within arm’s reach.

A few inches of water. A short lapse in supervision.

That’s all it takes for a child to drown.

Maybe mom, dad or the caregiver left the bathroom to answer the phone. Maybe they left to get a towel. Maybe an older sibling was left to watch a younger one.

These are some of the reasons bathtubs are the second-leading location, after pools, where young children drown.

A new report from CPSC shows that there were 431 in-home drowning deaths involving children younger than 5 years old from 2005 to 2009. The majority of the victims were younger than age 2. Most of the incidents (a startling 83 percent) involved bath or bath-related products.

You can prevent these drownings from happening. Here’s how:

  • NEVER leave young children alone near any water for ANY amount of time. EVER. As we mentioned above, young children can drown in even small amounts of water.

 

  • ALWAYS keep a young child within arm’s reach in a bathtub. If you must leave the room, take the child with you.

 

  • Don’t leave a baby or young child in a bathtub under the care of another young child.

 

  • Never leave a bucket containing even a small amount of liquid unattended. Toddlers are top-heavy and they can fall headfirst into buckets and drown. After you use a bucket, always empty it and store it where young children cannot reach it. Don’t leave buckets outside where they can collect rainwater.

 

  • Learn CPR. It can be a lifesaver when seconds count.
Bookmark and Share

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/09/a-baby%e2%80%99s-bath-what-you-need-to-know/

phil&teds “metoo” Chairs: A Recall and a Remedy

Remember those phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs that we told you about in May? Phil&teds is now recalling the chairs and providing you with a remedy.

Phil&teds and CPSC have received 19 reports of the chairs falling off a variety of different table surfaces, resulting in five injuries. Two reports of injuries involved children’s fingers being severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated. Three other reports involved bruising injuries that occurred when a child struck the table or floor after the chair suddenly detached.

Here’s what happens:

Chairs can detach from a variety of different table surfaces because of missing or worn clamp pads. When one side of the chair detaches and falls, children’s fingers can get caught between the front bar and the clamping mechanism. Here’s what the problem looks like:

To watch this video in Adobe Flash format, you may need to download the Adobe Flash player. You can also watch the video in Windows Media format.

(Watch in Windows Media format.)

User instructions for the chairs are inadequate, too, and can increase the likelihood of consumer misuse.

Stop using the chairs immediately and call the company toll-free at (877) 432-1641 or visit the company’s website at: www.philandteds.com/support to receive a free new repair kit. The new kit includes new rubber clamp pads and rubber boots and plastic spacers, plus tools and instructions for installing the new pieces onto the chair. The repair kit also comes with revised instructions on how to use the chair correctly. All consumers who have these chairs should get revised instructions from the website.

Even if you previously received a repair kit from phil&teds with only rubber boots, you should stop using the chair and get the NEW repair kit. The old kit you received from the company does not include all of the parts necessary to prevent the fall and amputation hazards.

Bookmark and Share

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/08/philteds-metoo-chairs-a-recall-and-a-remedy/

Baby Monitor Cords Have Strangled Children

What’s wrong with this picture?

Baby in a crib with a video monitor cord next to the crib

Do you see that video baby monitor cord? Yes, the one the baby has in his hand.

Cords close to your baby’s crib are not safe.

Yes, it’s tempting. Parents reviewing video monitors online report placing monitors at the edge of the crib to get a close-up image of their child sleeping: Read some examples:

“We didn’t want to put a perminant (sic) screw into the edge of the crib, so I have the base of the camera attached to the end of the crib with clear tape, which works well enough for now I guess.”

“Our baby monitor … broke when our little one managed to knock it over off his crib.”

“For watching your child close up (e.g. to see if he/she’s breathing or not) you do need to be pretty close to him/her (we just have it at the edge of the crib)….”

Do NOT place corded video cameras or audio or movement monitor receivers in cribs or on crib rails. Infants have strangled and died after becoming tangled in cords, like this:

Baby strangles in a video monitor cord

CPSC knows of 7 deaths and 3 near strangulations since 2002 involving baby monitors. These include video, audio and movement monitors. In addition, CPSC has received reports of at least a dozen other incidents in which babies and young children accessed monitors or monitor cords – that were either in the crib or close enough to the crib for a young child to grab.

Some monitors have permanent warning labels on the product or cord. Others, like some Summer Infant corded video baby monitors, do not have a prominent warning label on the camera or the cord.

Always keep ALL cords and monitor parts out of the reach of babies and young children. Think about 3 feet from any side of the crib –- top, bottom and all four sides.

When buying a video monitor, look for one that takes the picture from far away. The further away the camera and its cord are from your baby or toddler, the safer your child will be. If you use a movement monitor, make sure the cords are taut and not dangling to reduce the strangulation risk. The manufacturers’ instructions show parents how to handle the cords.

CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately check the location of your baby monitors, including those mounted on the wall, to make sure that the electrical cords are out of the child’s reach. Check that location periodically to make sure the cords stay out of reach as your child grows.

Video:

To watch this video in Adobe Flash format, you may need to download the Adobe Flash player. You can also watch the video in Windows Media format.

(Read the transcript, or watch in Windows Media format.)

Bookmark and Share

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/02/baby-monitor-cords-have-strangled-children/

Crib Immobilizers: Who to Call

New crib requirements passed by CPSC will stop traditional drop-side cribs from being made and sold within the next six months. The new crib requirements are among the most stringent in the world.

Those of you who already own cribs that do not meet the requirements of this new rule — especially drop-side cribs — need to know what to do with your cribs or the cribs that you need to buy in the next six months.

First, it’s important to remember that a non-recalled, sturdy crib is the SAFEST place for your baby to sleep. Second, if you own a drop-side crib regularly check your crib for safety

While CPSC staff cannot say that every drop-side crib is hazardous, based on investigations of incidents we have received, agency staff believes that most drop-side cribs are more prone to mechanical failure than similarly designed fixed-side cribs.

Some drop-side crib manufacturers have immobilizers that fit their cribs. Drop-side crib immobilizers are devices that are used to secure drop sides to prevent dangerous situations in which the drop side either partially or fully detaches from the crib.

As part of a recall, CPSC staff works with companies to provide fixes, or remedies, for products. For drop-side cribs, that remedy has been immobilizers.

Here’s a list of companies that have recalled their cribs and are providing immobilizers to secure the drop side on the cribs. These immobilizers were evaluated and approved by CPSC staff for use with these particular drop-side cribs.

If your drop-side crib manufacturer is not on this list, call the manufacturer and ask if they are making an immobilizer for your crib. Remember, though, that those particular immobilizers have not been tested or evaluated by CPSC staff for use with your specific crib.

Manufacturer Toll-Free Phone Number Website
Angel Line Longwood Forest (800) 889-8158 anytime www.angelline.com or e-mail the firm at parts@angelline.com
C&T International/Sorelle and Golden Baby (877) 791-9398 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday www.candtinternational.net
Delta Enterprise Corp. (877) 342-3418 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday www.cribrecallcenter.com
Dorel Asia (866) 762-2304 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday www.dorel-asia.com
Ethan Allen (888) 339-9398 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. ET Monday through Friday www.ethanallen.com
Evenflo (800) 356-2229 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday http://safety.evenflo.com
Jardine (800) 295-1980 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET  Monday through Friday www.jdservice.biz
LaJobi (Bonavita, Babi Italia and ISSI drop-side models) (888) 738-5676 anytime www.lajobi.com
LaJobi-manufactured Graco® wood cribs (888) 842-2215 anytime www.LaJobi.com
Kmart Heritage Collection 3-in-1 drop-side cribs (866) 499-2099 between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday www.victorylandgroup.com
Million Dollar Baby (888) 673-6488 anytime www.themdbfamily.com/safety
Simmons (877) 342-3439 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday www.cribrecallcenter.com
Stork Craft and Stork Craft cribs with a Fisher-Price logo (877) 274-0277 anytime www.storkcraft.com

The following crib manufacturers have recalled cribs for which immobilizers are not available. In some cases, there may be other remedies or recommendations of what to do with your crib.

Manufacturer Contact Information if Available What You Do
Childcraft This company is out of business.Contact Foundations Worldwide (the new owner of the brand name) toll-free at (866) 614-0557 anytime or visit the firm’s website at www.cribsafetyinfo.com Foundations has agreed to provide Child Craft drop-side crib owners with a rebate towards the purchase of a new, fixed-side Child Craft brand crib manufactured by Foundations Worldwide Inc.
Generation 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” drop-side cribs Brands This company is out of business Stop using this crib and do not pass it on. Contact the store from which you purchased the crib (retail stores include Buy Buy Baby, Kmart and Walmart) for remedy information. Remedies vary by store between a refund, replacement crib or store credit.
Generation 2 Worldwide and “SafetyCraft” brand full-size and portable drop-side cribs This company is out of business Stop using this crib and do not pass it on. This warning involves all SafetyCraft drop-side cribs, including model 92-8112, manufactured and/or sold by Generation 2Worldwide.
Land of Nod “Rosebud” cribs manufactured by Status Furniture Contact The Land of Nod at (800) 933-9904 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or email at recall@landofnod.com, or visit the firm’s website at www.landofnod.com Contact The Land of Nod to receive instructions on how to receive a merchandise credit for the full purchase price of the crib ($599). The Land of Nod is undertaking this recall for its customers because Status Furniture is out of business.
Simplicity Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc., the Reading, Pa.-based company that purchased Simplicity’s assets, are no longer in business. Look for your model and the remedy on this chart: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09260list.html
Bookmark and Share

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/12/crib-immobilizers-who-to-call/

Crib or Play Yard Tents: A Safety Risk

Tots in Mind Play Yard Tent

CPSC staff believes there are risks associated with crib or play yard tents. Over time and with children pulling on them, the tents can wear.

Today’s recall of 20,000 Cozy Indoor Outdoor Portable Playard Tents Plus Cabana Kitsis a reminder and warning to all parents who use crib and play yard tents.

A 2-year-old boy from Maine was found hanging with his neck entrapped between the play yard frame and the metal rod base of the tent. The tent had been partly tied by pieces of nylon rope and partly attached by clips supplied by the manufacturer. The tent was tied to the play yard because the child was able to pop off the clips. The child apparently became entrapped while trying to climb out of the play yard. The manufacturer promoted this product as a way to keep a child in the play yard.

In other incidents involving the Tots in Mind play yard tent, parents reported that their children broke or removed clips when trying to get out. The manufacturer is offering new, stronger clips for the recalled tent.

CPSC staff believes there are risks associated with crib or play yard tents. Over time and with children pulling on them, the tents can wear. Zippers can break. Seams can tear. Clips can break, bend or get lost. The mesh or fabric can rip. Parents should monitor these products closely for damage and stop using them if they are damaged in any way.

Children have become tangled and trapped in damaged tents used to try to keep them in. Since late 2007, CPSC has received at least 10 reports of incidents involving tents used on cribs and play yards, including one death and one near death.

Parents who use any crib or play yard tent should only use the attachment equipment that comes with the tent, nothing more. Do not tie tents to hold them in place. Tents that are torn, ripped, have any missing pieces or are in any type of disrepair are dangerous for your child.

Bookmark and Share

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/07/crib-or-play-yard-tents-a-safety-risk/