Child Product Recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a few recent recalled children’s products.

Approximately 2,300 sets of Children’s Henley Pima Cotton Pajamas, imported by Bella Bliss of Lexington, Kentucky have been recalled, as the pajamas fail to meet the federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, and as such, pose a burn hazard for children. The pajamas, a two-piece, cotton sleepwear set, came in white, blue, pink or red, with “Bella Bliss” written on the neck tag. They were sold in the Bella Bliss catalog and website, as well as specialty clothing retailers and online stores from January 2008 to June 2011 for about $48 to $58.

Next on the recall are Keds Girls’ Shoes, which are being recalled due to laceration hazard. Manufactured in China, approximately 45,000 Keds”Know It All” girls’ shoes are being recalled as the metal stars on the back of the shoes have been known to loosen and cause cuts and scratches. The maker has received 27 reports of cuts and scratches. The affected shoes are black and pink with white trim and a pink loop on the heel. “KEDS” appears on the tongue and heel of the shoe. The style number, printed on the underside of the tongue, is KY40098A. The shoes were sold in girls’ sizes 12 to 5 and were sold at various department stores and online retailers from June through October 2011, and retailed for approximately $23.

Next recall for the holiday season, Kidgets Animal Sock Top Slippers are being recalled due to a choking hazard. The recalled children’s slippers have brown or tan dog faces, yellow duck faces and tan lion faces. Approximately 160,000 slippers have been recalled as the animal’s eyes can detach, posing a choking hazard. The name “Kidgets” and the size appear inside the slippers on the soles, and “FD9619108020690611” is printed inside the slippers on the side. The affected slippers were sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores nationwide from September 2011 through October 2011. Family Dollar has received one report of the eyes detaching from the slippers, though no injuries have been reported.

And last, for today anyway, Build-A-Bear Workshop has recalled their Teddy Bear Swimwear Set as it may pose a strangulation hazard. Approximately 19,720 units in the United States and 1,100 units in Canada have been recalled as Build-A-Bear received one report of an incident in which a 3-year-old girl pulled the inner tube over her head and had difficulty removing it. The set, sold at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide and online from April 2011 to August 2011, has a Fruit Tutu Bikini for teddy bears, and includes an inner tube. The inner tube is 9″ in diameter and is pink with white and yellow flowers printed on it. The model number of the swimwear set is 017220 and is located on the price sticker on the “Build-A-Bear” cardboard tag.

Being a parent myself, I understand that we can’t be everywhere and see everything, but at some point, we have to hold ourselves accountable for something. Otherwise, every toy, every piece of clothing, every everything is going to be recalled at some point. While maybe not every set of pajamas is going to ignite, given enough time, every stuffed animal is going to lose an eye and pose a strangulation hazard. Recalls should just remind us to pay a little more attention and be a little more cautious of the potential hazards out there. Kids are kids, let them have their toys – just keep a closer eye on them.

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