The Rise and Fall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play

A Story of Corporate Irresponsibility Young parents undoubtedly have one of the most stressful and confusing jobs in the world. From breakfast to playtime to bedtime, there are a million decisions parents must make about their infants’ and toddlers’ lives every day. This is ever more complicated by the constant barrage of advertisements trying to sell the latest advancements in childcare technology. Just 25 years ago, much of the American public thought that classical music was the key to unlocking your baby’s true intellectual potential; with so many varied perspectives on early youth development, it is impossible to predict what…

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Peloton Agrees to Recall All Treadmills

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Tread+ and contact Peloton for a full refund until November 6, 2022.” Following the tragic death of a 6-year-old child who was pulled under the rear of the Tread+ treadmill, and an additional 72 similar, non-fatal reports involving adult users, children, pets, and household objects, Peloton entered into a voluntary agreement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) to recall its Tread+ treadmills. In 2018, Peloton originally launched the treadmill as the “Peloton Tread.” In September 2020, the company renamed the treadmill to the “Peloton Tread+.” Currently, there are approximately 125,000 units in…

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Vehicle Safety Recalls Week Promotes Checking Your Car For Outstanding Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared this week to be Vehicle Safety Recalls week. The dedicated week is meant to remind Americans to check their car for active recalls. It is scheduled as the week leading up to the beginning of daylight savings to encourage people to check their recalls at least twice a year, once as daylight savings time starts and once as it ends. Check Your Car For a Recall Checking your car for a recall is simple, just enter your VIN (found on the lower left of your car’s windshield) into www.nhtsa.gov/recalls. This website will…

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Voluntary Recalls of Over 165,000 Inclined Infant Sleepers

The CPSC has announced new recalls totaling more than 165,000 inclined sleepers across four manufacturers. Summer Infant, Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp., and Graco voluntarily recalled these products in coordination with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been no incidents or injuries reported to the CPSC for the recalled products. However, these recalls are precautionary since there have been many infant fatalities associated with inclined sleepers from other manufacturers. The recalls include the Summer Infant “SwaddleMe By Your Bed”, Evenflo “Pillo Portable Napper”, Graco “Little Lounger Rocking Seat”, and multiple inclined sleeper models from Delta Enterprise Corp. For a full…

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How to Find Out If Holiday Gifts and Toys Are Safe For Kids

You’re excited to watch your kids unwrap their presents this December, but that joy could quickly turn to despair if special gifts cause them harm. Unfortunately, such catastrophes are more likely than you suspect. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 35 children under the age of 15 were killed in toy-related incidents between 2014 and 2016. Additionally, CPSC data suggests that 240,000 children suffered toy-related injuries in 2016 alone. To reduce the risk of injury, parents should vet toys carefully, as indicated below: Check For Toy Recalls Every year, several toys are recalled due to emerging safety…

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Childcare Centers With Recalled Cribs Highlights Danger of Secondhand Child Products

Childcare Centers Carrying Recalled Products A new joint study by U.S. PIRG and Kids in Danger (KID) has found that 1 in 10 surveyed childcare centers were still using at least one recalled inclined infant sleeper product from Fisher-Price or Kids II over two months after the April recalls that affected over 5 million units total. The study reached out to childcare centers in Wisconsin, Texas, and Georgia throughout June and July, and received 376 responses from childcare centers with children under one year old. State laws in Wisconsin and Texas ban recalled products at childcare facilities, but the study…

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Fisher-Price Recalls Popular Inclined Infant Crib After Series of Deaths: Crib Never Properly Tested for Safety

The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, developed as an alternative to cribs, elevates the baby’s head to a 30 degree inclined position. The intended use is for infants to lie on their backs on the padded frame as if it were a recliner. The design of the sleeper was inspired by incorrect assumptions about infant sleep that overlooked updated safety guidelines. Concerns were raised after a recent Consumer Reports study linked the crib to infant deaths. The news of this study was followed by a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics calling for the recall of the crib. After…

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1 in 6 Ride-Sharing Vehicles Have Safety Recalls but Remain in Service

A recent Consumer Reports study looked at vehicle registration for ride-sharing companies in Seattle and New York, and found that 16.2% of vehicles in service had at least one or more active safety recalls. The total number of vehicles surveyed in the study with safety recalls was 15,175. One car in service in Seattle had over 5 different open safety recalls, including one for a defective Takata airbag. Overall, the percentage of recalled vehicles on the road for Lyft and Uber is actually lower than other car-hire services such as the traditional taxi industry. However, the scale and frequent use of…

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Replacement Takata Airbag Recall: What You Need to Know (Part II)

Honda recently issued a recall of vehicles equipped with replacement Takata airbags, but this is far from the first time Takata and Honda have faced issues — and it’s just one facet of an ordeal involving many automakers. In our last blog on the recent airbag recall, we explored the circumstances surrounding the defective replacement airbags. Now, we’ll delve into the broader trend of airbag inflator malfunctions. Airbag Inflator Injuries: By the Numbers The 2018 crash that prompted the latest Takata recall is just one in a series of incidents involving airbag inflators. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety…

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Replacement Takata Airbag Recall: What You Need to Know (Part I)

Takata lies at the center of what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls the “largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” A recent Honda recall involving replacement airbags is just the latest in the long Takata saga. According to the automaker, the airbags’ improper manufacturing could prompt explosions that might send sharp metal fragments flying within vehicle cabins. In this two-part series, we will explore the latest recall and its relation to the overarching Takata drama. How Honda Discovered the Malfunction The dangers of replacement Takata airbags were brought to light in January, 2018, when a 2004…

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