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Did you buy a children’s wall-mounted lamp or nightlight from IKEA? So did a lot of people. Take some time today to see if your child’s light is recalled.
IKEA is recalling about 3.5 million lamps in the U.S., 1.4 million in Canada and 30.2 million worldwide. Children can get tangled and strangle in the electrical cord that hangs from the lamp.
IKEA previously recalled some of these lamps in December 2013. As we reported then, two children, a 16-month-old and a 15-month-old, got tangled in the lamp’s cord while the children were in their cribs. One child died, the other nearly strangled. In both of these instances, which happened in Europe, the children pulled the lamp cords into the crib.
Twenty seven styles of lamps and nightlights are included in the IKEA lamp recall expansion. Here are some of them:
Take down these lamps until you get and install the free repair kit from IKEA. The repair kit includes self-adhesive fasteners to attach the lamp’s cord to the wall. Here’s IKEA’s contact information:
- Toll-free phone: (888) 966-4532 anytime
- Online at www.ikea-usa.com and click on the Recall link at the top of the page for more information.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/04/millions-more-ikea-childrens-lamps-recalled/
The safety of military children should not be sacrificed at home
CPSC joins the Department of Defense (DoD) in supporting military children and recognizing the sacrifices they and their parents make. At CPSC, we want military families to be aware of the hidden hazards that can pose safety risks in military housing. CPSC believes that the safety of military kids should not be sacrificed while in the comfort of their homes. During the DoD’s Month of the Military Child, CPSC urges military families to set aside some time to learn how to prevent tragedies that have taken the lives of too many young children:
Unintentional Poisoning: Reduce the risk of unintentional poisoning in your homes by thinking outside the box and beyond medicine and kitchen cabinets.
Furniture and Appliance Tip-Over: Take simple, low-cost steps to prevent tip-overs of furniture, TVs and appliances. As we say, “Anchor It and Protect A Child.”
Strangulation: Go cordless with your window blinds and shades to prevent cord strangulations.
Falls from Windows: Always keep in mind that window screens will keep bugs out, but won’t keep children in.
In-Home Drowning: Be aware that children can drown quickly and silently in containers of water inside the home as well as in outdoor pools.
Also, make sure you are using children’s products — like cribs, play yards and strollers — that meet up-to-date safety requirements.
Kids, especially children in military families, have to adapt to a lot of things while growing up. No matter whether you live on or off base, we encourage you to take the simple steps that can prevent these home hazards from hurting your child.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/04/military-families-know-your-hidden-hazards/
Winter is finally giving way to warmer weather. This means kids are playing outside and adults are firing up their grills and working on their lawns. Now would be a good time to check on whether any of your summer products were recalled this past winter. Check out the list of recalled products below. To check other products for safety issues, go to SaferProducts.gov.
|Char-Broil Recalls Patio Bistro Gas Grills
||69,300 units in U.S. and 1,900 in Canada
||The electronic ignition on the grill can ignite unexpectedly, posing a burn hazard.
||Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines Recalled by LaRose Industries
||A brass rivet can fall out of the sno-cone machine’s ice-shaving cylinder and into a sno-cone, posing a risk of injury to the mouth or the teeth.
||Toro Recalls TimeMaster and TurfMaster Lawn Mowers
||34,500 units in United States and 1,600 in Canada
||The mower’s blade can break and injure the user and others nearby.
||Solowave Recalls Home Playground Tube Slides with Port Holes
||10,800 in the United States and 9,900 in Canada
||The plastic port hole-type windows in the tube slide can break, posing a laceration hazard to children.
||Sterling Rope Company Recalls Sewn Cords
||9,200 in the United States and 480 in Canada
||Sewn cords break at a lower weight than published weight values, posing a fall hazard.
||Nationwide Industries Recalls Trident Pool Gate Latches
||The magnet contained in the striker portion of the latch assembly can come loose, preventing the latch from securing a gate.
||Horizon Hobby Recalls Remote Controlled Model Helicopters
||1,980 units United States and 200 in Canada
||The tail rotor grip used for securing the tail rotor blade to the tail rotor hub can separate and release from the helicopter, posing a risk of a crash and injury hazard.
||Gas Trimmers Recalled by efco
||1,400 units in the United States and 166 in Canada
||The muffler on the trimmer’s engine can break during use and pose a fire hazard.
||Nantucket Distributing Recalls Clay Bowl Outdoor Fireplaces
||When fire is lit, pieces of the clay fireplace bowl can blow off of the bowl posing impact and burn hazards
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/04/before-you-start-your-summer-fun-check-for-these-recalled-products/
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You may have missed the first notice, but if you use a Summer Infant video baby monitor, be sure to check your nursery to see if you have one of the models with the recalled rechargeable batteries. This recall has been expanded to include an additional 740,000 units and there have been additional incident reports. The monitor’s rechargeable batteries can overheat, cause burns or even property damage.
Today’s announcement from CPSC and Summer Infant includes more than 20 models of Summer Infant handheld color video monitors. Check the recall for specific model and date codes included.
Summer Infant is providing a postage paid envelope to return the batteries in exchange for a free replacement battery.
Stop using the video monitors immediately, remove the batteries and contact Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 to get the free replacement battery. The monitor can continue to be used on AC power with the power cord. Help get the word out about the recall and encourage caregivers, grandparents and child care centers to take advantage of the recall remedy.
We’re also reminding you that you can get direct email notification about product recall announcements on CPSC’s email subscription page.
As for those traditional baby monitor cords, we urge you to keep these cords at least 3 feet away from your baby’s crib to avoid a strangulation hazard. Here’s a video that shows why:
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/04/expansion-recall-of-rechargeable-batteries-used-in-summer-infant-video-monitors/
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CPSC is continuing to make great progress with our child safety work to establish federal safety rules for infant and toddler products. The newest one, which takes effect Sept. 29, 2014, is for soft infant and toddler carriers.
A soft carrier is usually made of sewn fabric and holds a child upright. It is designed to be worn by a caregiver. Soft carriers are typically meant for full-term babies who weigh seven pounds or more through toddlers up to 45 pounds.
The new regulation requires that all new soft infant carriers will be tested to meet safety standards. Some key safety requirements are:
- Leg openings are designed to prevent an infant from falling through them.
- The carrier can hold the weight that it’s advertising.
- The fasteners and straps are designed so that they won’t come apart while a caregiver is holding a child.
- All soft carriers must contain a warning label about fall and suffocation risks with the product.
CPSC received nearly 125 incident reports—including four deaths—related to soft infant and toddler carriers between January 1999 and July 15, 2013.
Whether your child is placed in a crib, a stroller, or a babywearing product, we want you to have confidence that these products are covered by strong safety standards.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/04/new-childrens-safety-standard-soft-infant-and-toddler-carriers/