According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), there were over 2 million units of dangerous and violative toys and other children's products that were stopped from getting into the hands of children in 2012.
"Proactive port surveillance, strong toy standards, and educational efforts create a safer holiday toy shopping experience for consumers by keeping dangerous products off store shelves," said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum with the CPSC.
Our Costa Mesa child injury attorneys understand that the season of gift giving comes with some serious risks for child injury -- especially when the giver isn't up to date with the latest product recalls from the CPSC. For this reason, we're asking all parents, guardians, friends, family members and all of Santa's little helpers to check out this list before heading off to the stores for goodies to stash under the Christmas tree.
Over the last 4 years, there have been about 8.5 million units of dangerous or violative products stopped from making it into the hands of consumers. Nearly 2,500 of these products were for children, too! Even with all of these products seized, there were still some that slipped through the cracks and made it into homes across America.
We're here to offer you some of the latest product recalls to make sure that you giving out safe presents this year. Please review the rest of the list on the CPSC's website before heading out for your holiday shopping.
Wilier Triestina Recalls Izoard XP Bicycles:
These bicycles have been recalled because the steering tube on the bike can break while it's in use. This can serve up a serious fall hazard for our young users. If you have one of these bikes, you're urged to stop using it immediately, take it away from children and call the company at (888) 849-7779 for information regarding a new, free replacement fork.
Dunecraft Recalls Water Balz, Skulls, Orbs and Flower Toys:
Close to 100,000 of these products have been recalled by Dunecraft Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio because they contain a marble-sized toy that can be easily swallowed by children. When this happens, their little intestines can be blocked. These items won't show up on an x-ray either and typically required surgery to be removed. If you have one of these products, take it from your child immediately and contact the company at (800) 306-4168 for information regarding a free replacement toy.
Bath Seats Recalled Dream On Me Bath Seats:
Roughly 50,000 of these seats have been recalled because they can easily tip over in the tub and can serve up a serious risk of drowning for our young bathers. If you have one of these seats, discontinue use and contact the company at (877) 201-4317 for information regarding a free replacement tub.
If your or a loved one has been injured, contact HOWARD LAW P.C.for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
Defective Products: Risking Your Family's Safety, California Injury Lawyers, November 16, 2012
L.A. Parents: Are There Recalled Products in Your Home?, California Injury Lawyers, September 27, 2012