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The Ways CPSC Is Working For You

CPSC’s No. 1 goal is to work every day to protect consumers and families from deaths and injuries related to consumer products. CPSC is striving to become the global leader in product safety. Every year brings new challenges in a changing world – challenges we will meet, with a new strategic plan. As a modernized agency, our resources are focused to meet those challenges.

Here are examples of what the men and women who work at CPSC are doing to protect you.

Stay Connected to CPSC Because CPSC Stands For Safety.

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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: https://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09260list.html
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CPSC.gov: The Beginning of Online Change

Welcome to a new and improved CPSC.gov home page.

CPSC.gov home page

CPSC.gov home page

We’ve made some significant changes to make it easier and faster for you to find the information you want at CPSC.gov. Today, you’ll see the first step toward a more modern CPSC.gov.

The rotating top photo area highlights important safety messages, consumer product safety recalls and news. Just below that, the tabs take you quickly to the latest recalls, news and video from CPSC. We encourage you to watch, share and embed our videos. Plus, you’ll see easy ways to subscribe to recall news and to get safety information by topic.

Prominent buttons makes it easier for consumers and businesses to report an unsafe product.

To the right, look for the “Get Involved” area. These are our active social media websites and tools where you can connect with us. Places like Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

Business users now have easy home page access to find the laws, regulations, standards and guidance that affect their products. A new “Publications” area makes it easier to find just the right safety message to share with others.

This page is just the start of major changes to CPSC.gov. We’re hard at work rebuilding the entire website. Throughout our process, we’re keeping your needs front and center. By the end of the summer, you’ll see an entirely new website designed to serve you better.

As always, if you have questions or comments about these changes, e-mail us at feedback@cpsc.gov.

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Wal-Mart Recalls Electric Heater

Do you own this electric heater? The metal heater is grey, with a handle on top and vents in the front. It says Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze or Comfort Essentials on the front of the heater. The model number 1013 is on a label on the lower left corner of the back panel of the heater.

Wal-Mart electric heater

If you have one of the 2.2 million of these heaters sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for about $18, immediately stop using it and return the heater to any Walmart store for a full refund.

The heaters can malfunction resulting in overheating, smoking, burning, melting and fire. Wal-Mart has received 21 reports of incidents involving these heaters. Several reported injuries required medical attention for minor burns and smoke inhalation. Many of the reports involve minor burns, smoke irritation and sparking or property damage beyond the heater.

For additional information, contact Wal-Mart toll-free at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.walmart.com.

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Kids and Cords Don’t Mix

Window Cord Hazard

simulation of a window cord hazard

Sadly, a young child is likely to die this month, strangled by a window covering cord. The question is: Could that corded window covering be in your house?

The stories we’re about to tell you are tragic, and they are all too real. Both incidents happened earlier this year. Read the stories below, and then look at EVERY window covering in your house. If you have young children around and you see accessible cords ANYWHERE on your window coverings, take heed.

CPSC recommends that you use cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit. Cordless window coverings are the safest solution.

If buying new, cordless window coverings is not an option for you, contact the Window Covering Safety Council at www.windowcoverings.org to obtain a free repair kit and install it properly to make your window coverings safer. Some, but not all, of the repair kits will make your window coverings cordless. After you install a repair kit, check your window coverings again for accessible cords.

A little boy and a Roman shade

Four years ago, a mom and dad installed corded Roman shades in their first son’s bedroom. Over time, the family grew, with the first son becoming the oldest of four children. The youngest children included a 22-month-old boy and a newborn baby girl.

tangled window covering cord

A 22-month-old boy strangled on this tangled outer cord.

Mom and dad regularly tried to tie the hanging window covering cords up so that they did not hang down, using a bracket that had been provided for each shade.

One day, the 22-month-old was playing in his older brother’s room. Dad left him playing for about 10 minutes. When Dad returned, he found his little boy standing with both feet on the ground and the Roman shade cord hanging around his neck. The cord was tangled at the end and created a noose around the boy’s neck. Ten days later, the boy died in a hospital. His cause of death: accidental strangulation.

She liked to look out her window at the kids at a nearby child care center

A nearly 4-year-old girl spent her morning playing and watching a movie in her bedroom. The girl liked to look out her window at children arriving and departing from a nearby child care center. This is what her mother thinks she was trying to do on her last morning alive.

The girl’s mother was making lunch around noon. Between 5 and 15 minutes after the girl was last seen, her 6-year-old brother went up to the bedroom that the two shared. He found his sister hanging from the horizontal window blind’s operating cords. The girl’s father didn’t have an easy way to get the cords off his daughter’s neck. While holding her, the dad chewed the cords free. The girl was pronounced dead upon her arrival at the hospital.

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In the past year, CPSC has announced the voluntary recall of more than 50 million Roman shades and roll-up blinds made and sold by many different companies. In addition, in 1994 and in 2000, CPSC and the Window Covering Safety Council announced recalls to repair horizontal blinds to prevent strangulation hazards posed by pull cord and inner cord loops.

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum is urging the window covering manufacturers to stay on track in creating a comprehensive set of safety standards next year. The chairman has called for these standards to design out the risk of strangulation in their products.

Still, it’s imperative that each and every one of us make the window coverings in our homes safe for our families. Here’s how:

  • Examine all shades and blinds in your home. 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.
  • Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.
  • Make loose cords inaccessible.
  • If the window covering has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.
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