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CPSC Urges Parents to Inspect and Secure TVs, Furniture, and Appliances in Child-Proofing Efforts
On average, one child dies every two weeks due to tip-overs
Many parents and caregivers may not be aware that one of the top hidden hazards in the homes where young children live or visit is unsecured and unstable TVs, furniture, and appliances.
Between 2000 and 2008, CPSC received reports of nearly 200 tip-over related deaths involving children eight years old and younger. Nearly all of these fatalities (93%) involved children five years old and younger. More than 16,000 children five years old and younger were treated in emergency rooms because of injuries associated with TVs, furniture, and appliance tip-overs according to CPSC staff’s most recent estimates from 2006.
Typically, injuries and deaths occur when children climb onto, fall against or pull themselves up on television stands, shelves, bookcases, dressers, desks, chests and appliances. In some cases, televisions placed on top of furniture will tip over and cause a child to suffer traumatic and sometimes fatal injuries.
To help prevent tip-over hazards, the CPSC offers the following safety tips:
- Furniture should be stable on its own. For added security, anchor chests, dressers, TV stands, bookcases and entertainment units to the floor or attach them to a wall. Make sure free-standing ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
- Place TVs on a sturdy, low-rise base. Avoid flimsy shelves. Push the TV as far back on its stand as possible. Keep remote controls and other attractive items off the TV stand so kids won’t be tempted to grab for them and risk knocking the TV over.
Infant Death Prompts Recall of Ring Slings Made by Sprout Stuff due to Suffocation Risk
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Sprout Stuff, of Austin, Texas, is announcing the recall of about 40 Sprout Stuff infant ring slings. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using these slings due to a risk of suffocation to infants. Do not attempt to fix these carriers.
CPSC and Sprout Stuff are aware of one report of a death of a 10-day-old boy in the recalled sling in Round Rock, Texas in 2007.
The Sprout Stuff infant ring sling is fabric/natural muslin and comes with or without a shoulder pad. The sling is worn by parents and caregivers to carry a child up to two years of age. “Sprout Stuff” is printed on the back side of the tail’s hem.
Sprout Stuff sold the recalled infant slings, which were made in the United States, directly to consumers between October 2006 and May 2007 for $35 to $45. Sprout Stuff is directly contacting known purchasers of the recalled infant slings. Contact Sprout Stuff to return the sling for a full refund. Contact Sprout Stuff toll-free at 877-319-3103 anytime, email the firm at email@example.com or contract the firm by mail at Sprout Stuff Refunds, P.O. Box 612, Buda, Texas 78610.
Pacifiers Recalled by Antonio Flores Due to Choking Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Antonio Flores, of San Ysidro, California, announced a voluntary recall of 44,900 Kariño Baby Pacifiers.
The nipple can separate from the base easily, the pacifier handle is too long, the mouth guard is too small and there are no ventilation holes on the mouth guard. The pacifier could pose a choking and aspiration hazard to young children.
The pacifier has a ring-shaped handle and a round-shaped mouth guard. “Kariño” is printed on the handle side of the mouth guard, and “Mygra” is printed on one side of the handle. The nipple is filled with corn syrup.
The pacifiers were sold in independent grocery stores in California and Texas from October 2009 through March 2010 for about 25 cents. This product was manufactured in Mexico.
Consumers contact Antonio Flores for a refund or exchange at (619) 395-4543 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT.
Child’s Death Prompts Recall to Repair Portable Play-yard Tent by Tots in Mind Due to Strangulation Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), in cooperation with Tots in Mind Inc., of Salem, N.H., is announcing the voluntary recall today of about 20,000 (and 85 in Canada) Cozy Indoor Outdoor Portable Play-yard Tents Plus Cabana Kits.
Clips that attach the tent to the top of the play-yard can break or be removed by a child. A child can lift the tent and become entrapped at the neck between the rigid play-yard frame and the metal base rod of the tent, posing a strangulation hazard.
CPSC is aware of a death of a 2-year-old boy in December 2008 in Vinalhaven, Maine. The boy was found hanging with his neck entrapped between the playard frame and the metal base rod of the tent that had been partially tied by pieces of nylon rope and partially attached by clips. The tent was tied to the play-yard because the child was able to pop off the clips. Apparently, the child became entrapped while attempting to climb out of the play-yard. In three other incidents, children were able to remove one or more clips and place their necks between the tent and the play-yard. The children were not injured.
The dome-shaped white-colored mesh tent is designed to fit over play-yards as small as 28 inches by 40 inches or as large as 31 inches by 44 inches to contain a child. There are 12 plastic clips to secure the base of the tent to the top rail of the play-yard through button-holes along the bottom of the tent. The tent has a zippered side for putting in and taking out the child.
The cribs were made in China and sold at Walmart, Amazon.com and various baby and children’s stores nationwide from January 2005 through February 2010 for about $60.
Consumers should contact Tots in Mind to get free replacement clips. Replacement clips will be available in late August or early September 2010. Contact Tots in Mind toll-free at (800) 626-0339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.TotsinMind.com.