Trampolines and Safety Concerns issued by AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics are saying that trampolines are too dangerous for children to use. They have issued a warning against them after nearly 100,000 injuries occurred in 2009.

But even when safety precautions are taken, trampolines can still be dangerous, said Dr. Michele LaBotz, a lead author of the new AAP statement and a sports medicine physician at Intermed Sports Medicine in Portland, Me.

And attempts by the trampoline industry to make things safer, like the addition of nets, don’t seem to have made much difference, LaBotz said. They do, however, tend to lull parents into a false sense of security.

 

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Death Prompts Recall

Peg Perego is recalling 223,000 strollers due to a risk of strangulation. The recall follows the death of a 6 month old boy from California whose head became entrapped between the seat and the tray. A 7 month old girl from NY also became entrapped when her head was stuck between the seat and the tray in 2006.

The strollers involved are older.

 

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Evenflo recalls High chairs

35,000 convertible Evenflo high chairs were recalled due to a fall hazard. The activity tray has been reported to unexpectedly become disengaged leading to a potentially dangerous fall hazard for unrestrained children. So far 18 reports have been filed. These high chairs have been sold at stores such a Walmart and Toys R us. They retail for about $40. To read more on the recall click here.

Britax Issues Recall

NHTSA announced that Britax is recalling certain Chaperone car seats produced from September 2010 through April 2011. It has been reported that the harness may detach from the shell of the car seat exposing to the child to injury or death should a vehicle crash occur. The distribution of safety kits and the institution of the recall is scheduled to begin February 6, 2012 according to the NHTSA release.

Deaths due to tip overs

According to a new report by the CPSC, a child is killed every two weeks due to an injury sustained when a heavy piece of furniture tips over onto them.

Furniture and TV tip-over incidents are one of the top hidden hazards in the home. Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to inspect and anchor furniture and TVs now, in order to protect young children from a preventable tragedy.

 

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Umbrella Strollers recalled

Britax recalled about 20,000 B-Nimble umbrella strollers because of a potential brake failure.

About 20,000 B-Nimble Umbrella Strollers are being recalled because of risk of brake failure. A clicking sound when the brake pedal is pressed can give a false impression that the brake is fully engaged when it is not.

The manufacturer, Britax Child Safety Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., has received seven incident reports. Read more

Target Recalls Booster Seats

Target has expanded a recall of Circo Booster Seats. This recall of 375,000 seats is in addition to a recall of 43,000 recalled in August 2009.

Hazard: The booster seat’s restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, allowing a child to fall from the chair and be injured. Read the notice

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More drop-side cribs recalled

Approximately 22,000 full size and portable drop-side cribs were recalled by Dream on Me, Inc. The hazard has been posted on the cpsc's website:

Full-Size Cribs: The drop-side rail hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler's body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib.
Portable Cribs: The drop-side rail hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib or fall unexpectedly. In addition, the portable crib mattress support hardware and the drop-side release latch can break easily, and the slats can loosen or break and detach from the crib. Children can also cut themselves on exposed hardware inside the cribs.

 

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Mandatory Standard for Toddler Beds Approved

The CPSC unanimously approved new safety standards for toddler beds.

The new federal standard requires the following:

* The upper edge of the guardrail must be at least five inches above the toddler bed's mattress.
* Spindle/slat strength testing for toddler beds must be consistent with the testing required for crib spindles/slats.
* Separate warning labels to address entrapment and strangulation hazards must appear on toddler beds.
 

From 2005 to 2010 the CPSC has been made aware of 122 incidents from toddler beds of which 4 were deaths and 43 injuries.

 

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Pampers recalls Pacifiers

Pampers has issued a recall of approximately 29,000 Pampers® Natural Stages Infant Ortho and Bulb Pacifiers. They feel to meet federal safety standards and pose a choking hazard to infants.

Description: The pacifier comes in yellow, pink or blue colors and is made of silicone. Only "Stage 1" pacifiers are recalled. "Stage 1" and "Ortho" or "Bulb" are printed on the package. The recalled pacifiers have an oval-shaped mouth guard and "Pampers" molded on to the handle side of the mouth guard. The product comes two per package.

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide from April 2010 through February 2011 for about $6. Read the posting here

 

Tots Safest Riding Rear Facing

NHTSA and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that children are better off staying rear facing until the age of two.

NHTSA said that its new guidelines are consistent with the latest advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics which advises parents to keep kids in rear-facing restraints until two years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer. There is no need to hurry to transition a child to the next restraint type. Read More

 

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Child Seat Recall

Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) has announce a recall of child restraint systems including infant, convertible and booster. They were sold as stand alones as well as part of a travel system. Those affected by the recall appear to be manufactured between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009. The harness locking does not always return to a locked position leaving the child vulnerable to serious injury in the event of a car crash. To read the entire notice and the model numbers click here.

Toy Safety Report

As the holidays approach a new report, as published by the CPSC, states toy recalls are declining however toy injuries are on the increase.

While recalls and deaths have declined, new statistics from CPSC released today show that toy-related injuries are increasing. In 2009, there were an estimated 186,000 emergency room-treated injuries related to toys with children younger than 15, which is up from 152,000 injuries in 2005. Frequently these injuries involved lacerations, contusions, and abrasions that most often occurred to a child’s face and head. Importantly many of the incidents were associated with, but not necessarily caused by, a toy.

 

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Drop Side Cribs Recalled

The CPSC issued three separate announcements regarding drop side crib recalls. Those that have been recalled include approximately 3,250 Ethan Allen cribs, 3,400 Angel Line cribs, and 34,000 Victory Land cribs sold exclusively at Kmart. They have been recalled due to strangulation and entrapment worries.


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Evenflo recalls Child Seats

Evenflo is recalling over 13,000 Maestro car restraint systems. These seats to do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213.

In this instance a crack may form at the front of the restrain system near the harness adjuster causing the child to be inadequately protected and harnessed.

IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, A CRACK MAY FORM AT THE FRONT OF THE SEAT ADJACENT TO THE HARNESS ADJUSTER CAUSING THE CHILD NOT TO BE ADEQUATELY RESTRAINED, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY. (NHTSA notice)

 

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Child Product Recalls

It has certainly been busy over the last 24 hours with regard to children product recalls. Yesterday, the FDA warned about using sleep positioners after an infant death.

Over the past 13 years, CPSC and the FDA have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of 1 month and 4 four months who died when they suffocated in sleep positioners or became trapped and suffocated between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet.

CPSC and the FDA are warning parents and child care providers to:

* STOP using sleep positioners. Using a positioner to hold an infant on his or her back or side for sleep is dangerous and unnecessary.
* NEVER put pillows, infant sleep positioners, comforters, or quilts under a baby or in a crib.
* ALWAYS place an infant on his or her back at night and during nap time. To reduce the risk of SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing infants to sleep on their backs and not their sides.

 

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New Booster Seat Ratings Released

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released new report on booster seats. This report is NOT based on crash tests, but rather on the positioning of the belt.

The Institute doesn't conduct vehicle crash tests to evaluate boosters because boosters don't do the restraining in a crash. It's the fit of the belt that's important.

According to the findings, 8 booster seats are not recommended at all. While this number is down from the findings last year - 36 were found to be in the middle.

Even though poor performers make up a smaller percentage of boosters evaluated this year, 36 fall in the middle because they don't consistently fit belts well on most kids in most cars, minivans, and SUVs. Most of these are backless boosters with good lap belt scores but not good shoulder belt scores.

 

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Magnetic Boards Recalled

The CPSC announced Thursday a recall of about 18,500 magnetic maze boards made by Lakeshore Learning Materials. The wand presents a hazard to children as it appears it can separate leaving a magnet exposed. This magnet is a choking hazard. If multiple magnets are ingested it could be fatal.

The magnetic maze board’s plastic wand can separate and expose a magnet that can be a choking hazard to children. Also, if a child has more than one of these toys and the magnets detach and are swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal. Read the notice here

 

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Baby Hammock Recalled

The CPSC announced this week that another type of baby hammock has been recalled due to a suffocation hazard. MamaLittle Helper, LLC manufactures the hammocks. The side to side motion can cause the baby to roll and become entrapped.

The side-to-side shifting or tilting of the hammock can cause the infant to roll and become entrapped or wedged against the hammock's fabric and/or mattress pad, resulting in a suffocation hazard. Read the notice here

 

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Nap Nanny Recalled

Baby Matters, the company that makes the Nap Nanny has issued a recall after a 4 month old child reportedly suffocated to death. Initial reports indicate the little girl, while harnessed was found hanging over the side of the product where she became entrapped between it and her crib.

CPSC is investigating a report of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich., who died in a Nap Nanny that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the girl was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product. She got caught between the Nap Nanny and the side of the crib.

CPSC and Baby Matters, the company that makes Nap Nanny, have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny despite most of the infants being placed in the product’s harness.

 

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Window Warning form CPSC

A few weeks ago, the CPSC published a release warning parents about opening their windows during this time of beautiful weather. Though it is quite tempting to leave the windows open, it can prove to be a serious safety hazard to children. Children can fall out of an open window by pushing up against the screen or climbing on furniture near the window. These accidents can be prevented by simple parent supervision or by installing window guards.

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Seven Crib Recalls

The CPSC announced today that seven manufacturers announced recalls due to entrapment, suffocation and fall risks. The manufacturers involved include, Child Craft, Delta Enterprise, Corp., Evenflo, Jardine Enterprises, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby and Simmons Juvenile Products.

“Cribs should be the safest place in the home for infants and toddlers,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC is committed to addressing the hazards with cribs and to restoring parents’ confidence that their child will have a safe sleep.”

CPSC continues to actively investigate various cribs for potential drop-side and other hazards as part of a larger effort by the agency to rid the marketplace and homes of unsafe cribs. CPSC staff is also working on a new mandatory standard to make cribs safer, which is targeted for completion in 2010

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Design on children's glasses contains harmful chemicals

A voluntary recall  of all “Shrek Forever After” collectable glasses exclusively offered at McDonalds was announced June 4th by the CPSC in collaboration with McDonalds. The 12 million or so units all have designs on them which contain cadmium. Long term exposure to cadmium can cause adverse health effects. Although the CPSC has said the glassware is not toxic, McDonalds is requesting all customers to return any “Shrek Forever After” glassware purchased for a full refund.  So far there have not been any reports of injury from the glassware.

The North Carolina Product Liability Attorneys at our firm specialize in child safety cases. If you have a child who has been injured by a child product and would like to speak further about it, please contact  the child safety attorneys at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood to discuss your legal rights.

Pampers Diapers Causing rashes and Burns???

It has been reported that the federal governement is looking into reports that the new type of diapers put out by Proctor and Gamble's Pampers is causing rashes and possible chemical burns.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission started an investigation this week following complaints of babies and toddlers suffering severe and persistent diaper rashes and blisters that resemble chemical burns. 
 

This new thinner type of diaper uses Pampers "Dry Max" technology. As of right now the company is denying the new product has caused burns on children.

Since this investigation is so new, the CPSC has asked that parents and caregivers report any issues.

CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson encouraged parents to report any problems to the agency, which he said has received only a handful of reports so far. Wolfson said the investigation is in its early stages and the agency is seeking as much information as possible.

Children Medication Recalled

The FDA has said that the plant where  children's medications such as Tylenol, Infant's tylenol, motrin, and other children's over-the-counter medication lacked quality controlwhich allowed bacteria to contaminate the medications.

"The findings are serious," said Deborah M. Autor, a senior official at the Food and Drug Administration, which documented 20 problems at the Fort Washington, Pa., plant owned by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson. She said the agency is weighing whether to take action against McNeil, pending the completion of its investigation.

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Exercise Equipment and Children

For any child, exercise equipment looks like fun. While an adult may dread the sight of a treadmill, to a child, it’s a playground. It is only when tragic accidents happen that we begin to pay more attention to hazards that may otherwise remain unnoticed in the home.

The heartbreaking death of Mike Tyson’s daughter is just one example of the risks that exercise machines pose. Just last year, four-year-old Exodus was found by her older brother, hanging by a cord on a treadmill in the Tyson home. She died at the hospital the next day.

The truth is, accidents like that of Mike Tyson’s daughter are not uncommon. An estimated 25,000 children are injured on exercise equipment each year. Some of the most common injuries are contusions, amputations, fractures and friction burns, some of which have required skin grafting and plastic surgery to repair. However, children are not the only ones subject to injury when it comes to exercise equipment. These machines can be dangerous, not only because of a child’s curiosity, but also because of defective parts and poor manufacturing. Many times these dangers remain unseen until an accident occurs.
 

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Graco Recall

Graco has recalled approximately 1.2 million Harmony High Chairs due to a fall risk. According to the bulletin posted by the CPSC

The screws holding the front legs of the high chair can loosen and fall out and/or the plastic bracket on the rear legs can crack causing the high chair to become unstable and tip over unexpectedly. This poses a fall hazard to children.

This particular chair was manufactured from 2003 through 2009, so it is very important for all those who have this type of chair check their model numbers. Check Here

If your child has been injured due to a defective product, please contact us to discuss your child's potential legal claim.

The LATCH System

Car seats have come a long way since the first sack and string models in 1898. It wasn’t until the 1930s that a car seat similar to today’s child restraint system was designed. In the 1960s and 1970s, more emphasis began to be put on child safety in vehicles and the importance of using car seats when traveling with children. And with car accidents being the number one killer of children, improvements are still needed.

In 1999, the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system was established. This system is governed by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 225, making it possible for child restraint systems to be installed more effectively and easily, thereby increasing child safety. All new vehicles must now be LATCH equipped, as well as all new car seats.

The LATCH system is comprised of two lower anchors and one upper anchor in the vehicle. The two lower anchors are round, rod-like bars hidden in the seat cushion. The upper anchor is a ring-like device, attached to the back of the rear seat. On the CRS itself, you will find clips that hook or snap onto the lower anchors and a hook or clamp that attaches to the upper anchor. Once all three anchors are attached, the belts connected to each should be tightened for maximum safety.
 

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Cosco CRS Recall

A recall has been issued for Cosco Child Restraint Systems manufactured by Dorel Juvenile Group. The units under this recall were manufactured from March 15 to August 1, 2002. There are 54,400 units that could potentially be affected, so please be sure to check the model number on your child’s CRS if you have purchased a Cosco car seat or booster seat.

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Booster Seat Installation

If you are a parent, it is likely that ensuring your child’s safety is among your top priorities. The most precious cargo traveling in your vehicle is your child, and it is vital that we, as parents, take the precautions necessary in order to keep that cargo as safe as possible.

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Child Product Recalls

January, so far, has proven to be a month of major recalls involving child products. While it is a positive sign that these products are being recalled, the major concern is people who own these products will not hear about the recall and will continue to use these dangerous products with their children. The fact that these unsafe products are making it into the marketplace is a huge issue.

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Booster Seat Safety

Car accidents are the greatest risk to a child’s life. Each year, 250,000 children are injured in car accidents in the US alone. Car accidents are reportedly the number one cause of death in children ranging from 2 to 14 years of age. 

Booster seats have proven to significantly reduce the number of car accident injuries and fatalities among children, and according to National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, the numbers have been steadily declining since 1997. Correct installation and proper use of booster seats can help to reduce the numbers further, and keep our children safe.

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Registration Requirements for Toddler/Infant Products

The CPSC unanimously approved a new rule requiring maufacturers of toddler/infant durable goods to establish and maintain a registration card program. Ths includes:

18 product categories: full-size cribs and nonfull-size cribs; toddler beds; high chairs, booster chairs, and hook-on chairs; bath seats; gates and other enclosures for confining a child; play yards; stationary activity centers; infant carriers; strollers; walkers; swings; bassinets and cradles; children’s folding chairs; changing tables; infant bouncers; infant bathtubs; portable toddler bed rails; and infant slings

The rule specifically states what information the manufactuers must maintain. This is in an effort to make distribution of recall information faster and more efficient. Read the www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10093.htmlnotice here.

Infant Product Recalls

24,000 Amby Baby Motion Beds have been recalled after two infant suffocation deaths. The Amby motion bed used a rocking, tilting side to side motion similar to a hammock. Due to this titling motion, infants can roll, become wedged and entrapped leading to possible suffocation. People who own this product must stop using it immediately. This product had been advertised as a solution for colicky babies, babies suffering from reflux, short nappers, restless sleepers and premature babies. See the recall notice here

Evenflo has also issued a recall of its cake toys on the Evenflo ExerSaucer 1-2-3 Tea for Me Activity Learning Center - approximately 66,000 units in the US and 13,660 in Canada.The candle attached to the top of the cake toy poses a choking hazard to children as it can easily become detached. View the notice here.

If your child has been injured by a toy or other product, call us now to discuss your matter.

Even Flo Recall

Approximately 3728 Even Flo First Choice Infant Restraint systems, model 3604098, are being recalled. They were manufactured between January and September 2009. They fail to meet the federal requirements for labels on child restraint systems. As with all child restraints systems, there are required labels that must remain on the restraint seat always. Those labels must include information to register the seat, NHTSA information, and certification the seat complies with federal safety standards.

If your child has been injured due to a failed child restraint system, please contact our office to discuss your matter.

CPSC's Town Hall Meeting on Toy Safety

The CPSC held a town hall meeting in New York this week to discuss toy safety and the new federal regulations involving toys. Chairman Tenebaum is hoping that the new standards instituted this year will help parents, grandparents and others in their toy selections this holiday season. Some of the new regulations over the past year are:

* federal limits for lead in paint on children's toys dropped to 90 parts per million, which is among the lowest in the world;

* toys for children 12 and younger must now be tested and certified that they meet the new lead in paint limits;

* children's toys cannot be made or sold with more than 300 parts per million of total lead;

* children's toys cannot be made or sold with more than 0.1% of six prohibited phthalates;

* and most children's toys now fall under mandatory standards, instead of voluntary ones.
 

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Pacifier Warning

The CPSC issued a warning to stop using "My Baby Soother" pacifiers due to a choking hazard. The company that distributes these pacifies, T & L Trading, has refused to recall them. Approximately 16,500 pacifiers have been sold. The pacifiers do not meet federal safety standards and the nipple can separate from the base posing a serious choking hazard.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to immediately stop providing “My Baby Soother” pacifiers to their children. The pacifiers were distributed by T & L Trading Corp., of Brooklyn, N.Y. The pacifiers failed to meet federal safety standards because the nipples can separate from the base easily, posing a choking hazard to infants and toddlers.

To read the entire posting on the CPSC website as well as view pictures of the pacifiers involved, please click here.

Baby Food Recall

A recall of Plum Organics food was anounced. The recall involves apple and carrot pouch foods that were sold at Toys R Us and Babies R Us. The recall is due to the fear that the food made contain a toxin called botulism which can be fatal. So far there has not been any reports of injury from this food.

Plum Organics, the maker of the baby food that has been recalled, is an environmentally conscious company. They make organic baby foods, which are typically seen as "healthier", particularly by parents who want their children to have only natural foods.

As mentioned before, there are no victims of the current baby food recall. No infants have fallen ill and Plum Organics issued the baby food recall as a precaution.

If you have a child who has been injured by a child product and would like to speak further about it, please contact us at 1-877-829-7211.

Child Safety Seats

Finding and choosing the correct child restraint seat can be an extremely daunting experience.  The DOT has announced a new consumer program that is designed to help parents and other child caregivers choose the right seat for their car which will at least help answer the question "will this car seat fit in my car?" .

NHTSA will institute a new program beginning with the 2011 model year to make it easier for parents to choose child safety seats. Car manufacturers will recommend specific seats in various price ranges that fit for individual vehicles.

Further, Secretary LaHood has asked NHTSA to:

develop a new side impact safety standard for car seats. Side impact crashes account for one-third of all highway deaths among children under thirteen years old.

 

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Pool Safety

With the unofficial start to summer kicking off this holiday weekend, we felt it important to revisit an issue we discussed before: pool and spa safety and drains. New regulations have gone into effect requiring newer safer drains.  Older drains have long since caused children to become entrapped, either causing severe bodily injury or death. The CPSC issued a new report today on pool and spa safety and revisited the drain issue.

New data (PDF) from CPSC also shows that from 1999 through 2008, there were 83 reports of pool and spa entrapments, including 11 deaths and 69 injuries. Since 1999, 14% of the reported suction/entrapment incidents at pools or spas were fatal.

The Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SSAct) went into effect on December 19, 2008 and requires all public pools and spas to have anti-entrapment drain covers, and in certain circumstances, an additional anti-entrapment system. CPSC has prioritized public wading pools, kiddie pools and in-ground spas as the key areas of focus for enforcement and has called upon state departments of health to assist the agency in enforcing the law.

CPSC is also announcing the launch of a new Web site - www.PoolSafety.gov - which serves as a valuable source for information about the P&SSAct and drowning prevention. The new site provides information for the general public, the swimming pool and spa community, state and local officials, and the media.

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Safety 1st Stair Recall

 

The CPSC issued a recall announcement February 4, 2009 involving approximately 100,000 Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gates. Apparently the hinges which are to hold the stair gate in place can break which poses a serious fall hazard for children if the gate is at the top of the stairs.

Description: The recall involves the Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gate with model number 42111, which is printed on a sticker under the handle panel. The gates, which were manufactured before December 31, 2007, are white metal with a gray handle and a motion sensor nightlight that illuminates on approach. The manufacture date is located below the gate's handle as a date wheel imprinted in the plastic; an arrow indicates the month, and the year is stamped inside the circle. The manufacture date is also printed on a sticker inside the battery door.

Sold at: Mass merchandise and juvenile product stores nationwide, including Babies R Us and Wal-Mart, from January 2005 through December 2007 for about $60.

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Children's Product Safety Laws Take Effect

Beginning February 10, 2009, children's products cannot be sold if they contain more than 600 parts per million (ppm) lead even if they were manufactured before this date. The total lead limit will drop again August 14, 2009 to 300 ppm.

The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.

The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties. For additional information visit www.cpsc.gov

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Child Product Recalls

Recalls of children's furniture and products abounds this month.

Evenflo recalled their Majestic highchairs due to fall and choking hazards:

Hazard: Plastic caps and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, posing both fall and choking hazards to children. Plastic caps and screws that become loose and fall out can cause the seatback to suddenly fall back or detach from the high chair. Children can fall out or collide with objects and suffer broken bones, abrasions, cuts and bruises. Detached plastic caps and metal screws also pose a choking hazard to children.

Incidents/Injuries: Evenflo has received 140 reports of seatbacks reclining, falling back and/or detaching unexpectedly, which resulted in at least 47 reports of bumps and bruises to the head, two reports of broken bones, and at least 45 reports of other injuries including abrasions, cuts, and bruises. Evenflo has received more than 1,000 reports of plastic caps and screws falling out of the high chairs, including seven incidents in which caps and screws were found in children’s hands or mouths but were removed before choking occurred.

 

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Huge Crib Recall

The CPSC announced today a recall of 985,000 Delta Enterprise Drop Side Cribs. Apparently there are missing safety pegs which can lead to entrapment and suffocation.

When the safety pegs in the base of each leg of the crib are missing from the lower track, the crib locks can disengage and detach if lowered below the peg hole, creating a hazardous gap. This gap can lead to the entrapment and suffocation of an infant or toddler.

CPSC staff is aware of a death of an 8-month-old child who became entrapped and suffocated when the drop side of the crib detached in a reassembled crib where the safety pegs were not installed. CPSC is also aware of two entrapments and nine disengagement incidents in cribs where the safety pegs were missing.

The recalled cribs have date codes ranging from 1995 though December 2005 and one model (4624) was made in 2007. The model numbers are located on the top of the mattress support board.

 

 

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Playkids USA recall cribs

An infant death has prompted the recall of approximately 2,000 convertible cribs by Playkids USA. The mesh siding expands and can cause gaps between the matress and sides. This allows room enough for an infant to fall into the space, become entrapped and possibly suffocate. A 5 month old child died in August 2008when he became entrapped and suffocated.

This recall involves the Playkids U.S.A. convertible crib/playpen/bassinet/bed with model number PLK-909. “Playkids U.S.A.” can be found on the packaging and on a label sewn into the side of the crib. The model number can be found on the packaging. The convertible cribs have a drop side rail, a stationary side rail, a canopy assembly, and a bassinet. The sides of the convertible crib, the mattress support, the bassinet, the canopy and the bedskirt are covered in fabric and mesh. The fabric and the mesh come in a variety of colors and patterns. read the notice

With the tremendous amount of recalls occurring involving children products, especially cribs, we have to wonder what's going on with testing of the products prior to their public sale.

Booster Seat Poor Evaluations

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute have put out a new study with regard to booster seats - they found 13 booster seats do not position the belt properly on children. This study did not look at the crashworthiness of the seats but rather the belt positioning. As we know booster seats help prop children up higher, with a goal of making sure the car's seat belt is in the correct position.

The seat belt is meant to be routed across a child's lower hips and mid-shoulders instead of the abdomen because the liver and spleen are more vulnerable to injuries. Story

This of course does not mean and should not be taken to mean that parents should opt not to use a booster seat at all- it just means that parents need to ensure that the one they are using at least has the seat belt positioned in the proper location.

 

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Hipmonkey.com

We have often discussed the need to utilize five point harnesses booster seats. Far too many children have been killed in car crashes when their child seat has failed them. The Kyle David Miller foundation, was set up in memory of such a young boy. His courageous family has gone on to start a website called www.hipmonkey. com where you can find 5 point harness car seat for your child, while supporting their foundation.

No matter where you purchase your next car seat, please do your research. And if you have a child getting ready to go into a booster, before automatically putting them in one of those booster seats that uses the car's seatbelt and no tether, please check out the five point harness boosters. We have heard over and over again, how easy it is once your child in in a booster seat that uses the car's seat belt - because then he/she has the ability to buckle and unbuckle themselves...Except there is of course the other end of the story that we hear, when after a car crash, a child who was utilizing the car's seat belt in conjuction with one of those booster seats, was ejected form the vehicle. Why? Because the car's seat belt could not restrain the child during the crash. Car seat belts are not made for small children. 

Drop Side Cribs recalled

Simplicity (which as we have mentioned before on our blog - is no longer in business) has recalled about 600,000 drop side cribs. The drop side, when it comes off its tracks can pose a serious risk of injury by entrapment, suffocation, and strangulation to infants. The cribs according to the CPSC's website were sold at:

AAFES, of Dallas, Texas
Babies“R”Us, of Wayne, N.J.
Burlington Coat Factory/Baby Depot, of Burlington, N.J.
K’s Merchandise (out of business)
Meijer Distribution Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Nebraska Furniture Mart, of Omaha, Neb.
ShopKo, of Green Bay, Wis.
Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, of Bentonville, Ark.

They were sold between January 2005 through August 2008. For additional information on this recall please visit the CPSC website.

if at anytime our child is a victim of a products defect it is important to bring it to the CPSC's attention.

Soccer Goals Recalled

190,000 soccer goals were recalled after a child's death.

About 190,000 MacGregor and Mitre folding soccer goals were recalled Tuesday, after the death of a young child.

The CPSC said the netting had gaps that were 20 square inches apart. Ideally they should be less than 17 square inches or greater than 28 sqaure inches in order to prevent a child becoming trapped or possible strangulation.

Parents and caregivers are advised to stop using the nets, which can be returned to Regent Sports in exchange for a free, safe replacement. For more information, call 877-516-9707

This is yet another in a long line of recently recalled products whereby the safety standards for gaps and spaces may have been ignored thereby causing a serious child safety issue. If your child has been adversely affected by a product, and you feel our firm may be able to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Bassinet Warning

The US CPSC has warned parents against using the 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 bedside sleepers after two infants became caught between the metal bars and died. Apparently, the bars are wider apart than the mandated maximum of 2 3/8 inches. However, according to the report,  the warning was issued rather than a recall because the company which purchased Simplicity in April has not been cooperating with a recall. The new owner maintains they are not responsible for products previously manufactured before their acquisition of the company.

The agency said in an announcement that it issued the alert because SFCA Inc., the company that purchased Simplicity in April, "has refused to cooperate with the government and recall the products. SFCA maintains that it is not responsible for products previously manufactured by Simplicity," the announcement said.

 

We see this all the time in our product defect cases where one company has purchased another and we have a claim. The first defense they throw up is that they are not liable for anything previously manufactured. Of course, that is something they always have to prove.

In the interim, parents, if you have any questions regarding this product, please contact the CPSC hotline, 800-638-2772 or their website at cpsc.gov.

Back to School

For many children who are on the traditional school calendar, it's that time of the year...back to school. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has released a special notice offering back to school safety tips. In an effort to increase child safety, we are posting these tips here. The entire notice, of course, can be read on the CPSC website, found here.

Helmet Safety

Wear a bicycle helmet when biking or riding a scooter to and from school. Make sure your child’s bicycle helmet has a label stating it meets CPSC’s mandatory safety standard. Wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.

CPSC staff has reports of an annual average of 80 children under 16 years of age who died in bicycle-related incidents in recent years. About half of the 500,000 bicycle-related emergency room-treated injuries in 2007 involved children under the age of 16. When taking part in other recreational activities, wear the right helmet for that activity. Read CPSC’s “Which Helmet for Which Activity” publication, which helps parents choose the most appropriate helmet, at http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/349.pdf (pdf).

More than 80 percent of the nearly 50,000 emergency room-treated injuries involving unpowered scooters in 2007 were to children younger than 15. In addition to wearing a helmet, CPSC recommends elbow and knee pads when riding a scooter.

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Civil Penalties for Failure to Report Drawstrings

The CPSC announced earlier this month that nine firms had agreed to pay approximately $355,000 in civil penalties for failing to report drawstrings in children's outwear.

The penalties settle allegations that the firms knowingly failed to report to the CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that their children’s hooded sweatshirts, jackets, or sweaters were sold with drawstrings at the hood and neck.

In 1996 CPSC issued a notice advising parents to purchase clothing that uses methods other than draw strings to close the hood of a jacket and sweatshirt, such as velcro or snaps. This is due to the high likelihood that the drawstring can get caught on something leading to a potential choking hazard. Read the notice. The notice also called on manufactureres to make sure they adhered to the voluntary guidelines.

Manufacturers and retailers should also be aware of the hazards, and should be sure garments they manufacture and sell conform to the voluntary standard.

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Crib recalls

Yesterday, August 5, the CPSC announced two separate recalls involving cribs. Both have been recalled because they do not meet the minimum federal safety standards.
The cribs involved int he recall are 1300 units made by Mother's Hubbard's Cupboard's of Toronto, Canada, and 500 units made by Baby Appleseed of California.

Far too often products such as the cribs listed above make it into the market place while they fail to meet safety requirements. For instance child safety seats are self policed. That means the manufacturers have the "minimum" standards they are required to meet and they self test to see if their safety seat meets those requirements.

If your child has been hurt by a product such as a crib, child safety seat or other product and you feel we may be able to assist you please contact us.

Crocs Lawsuit

Crib Recall

About 320,000 Jardine Cribs sold at Babies R Us have been recalled according to an announcement by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to the  press release, the cribs' slats and spindles can  break  causing a gap which may lead to  entrapment or  strangulation of babies.There are several models included. The press release can  be read here.

Car Seat Recall

Chicco, USA has recalled the bases to approximately 18,000 of their infant rear-facing car seats.
Here are the  details found on the Office of Defects Investigations website:
  
Component: CHILD SEAT:BASE (INFANT)
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 18000
Summary:
 CHICCO USA, INC. IS RECALLING APPROXIMATELY 18,000 BASES USED IN KEYFIT AND KEYFIT 30 REAR-FACING CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS AND IN CORTINA TRAVEL SYSTEMS, AND STAND-ALONE BASES FOR THESE SYSTEMS PURCHASED SEPARATELY, THAT WERE MANUFACTURED BETWEEN FEBRUARY 26 AND MARCH 17, 2008. SOME OF THESE BASES HAVE A DEFECT THAT CAN PREVENT THE BASE FROM BEING TIGHTLY SECURED TO A VEHICLE WHEN THE LOWER LATCH ATTACHMENTS ARE USED AS A METHOD OF INSTALLATION. SPECIFICALLY, WHEN A DEFECTIVE BASE IS INSTALLED WITH THE LOWER LATCH ATTACHMENT STRAPS, THE WEBBING USED TO TIGHTEN THE BASE TO THE VEHICLE SEAT CAN SLIP THROUGH THE ADJUSTMENT LOCK.
Consequence:
 IF THE WEBBING WERE TO SLIP DURING A VEHICLE CRASH, THE BASE COULD MOVE, POSSIBLY INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.
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Crib Mattress Recall

The CPSC announced June 5,2008 that Simmons Kids was recalling about 20,000 crib mattresses due to an entrapment hazard.

Description: The recalled mattresses involve open coil crib mattresses manufactured between July 1, 2006 and March 23, 2008 with a color label attached to the top or side of the mattress that has the following model names:

Pottery Barn Kids by Simmons Kids Lullaby

Simmons Kids Slumber Time Evening Star Luxury Firm

Simmons Kids Baby Mattress Series 400

Simmons Kids Baby Mattress 234 Coil Count

The crib mattresses also have a law tag that is sewn into the edge of the mattress. The law tag has the date of manufacture and in most cases will contain one of the following model numbers: H59044.15.0014, M59082.15.0002, M59027.15.0002 or M59065.15.0006. Pocketed Coils® and Simmons Kids or Simmons Juvenile Products crib mattresses manufactured before July 1, 2006 or after March 23, 2008 are not included in the recall.

Read the notice here.

Toy Cell Phone Recalled

CPSC announced that  Kids Station Toys has recalled about 1 million chit and chat toy cell phones. The toy can break apart causing a serious choking hazard for children. It should be noted that the phones with a visible screw on the hinge are not included. Read the notice here.

If you or your family have been negatively affected by a defective product and would like to discuss your matter please contact us at 1-877-829-7211.

Toyota Highlander Recall

Seat belts can save your life if they work. 90,000 2008 Toyota Highlanders and Toyota Highlander hybrids are being recalled due to the fact that the seat belts' locking mechanisms failing.
The locking mechanism on the seat belts apparently cannot secure properly when certain rear-facing child safety seats are used, which could cause the child seats to move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported on Friday. Read More
If you have been affected by a seat belt failure or any other mechanism defect, please report it the NHTSA. If our law firm can be of  any assistance please do not hesitate to  contact us.



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Beco Baby Carrier Recalled

Baby carriers are a wonderful thing for parents most of the  time. However, Beco Baby Butterfly has recalled some oft heir baby carriers due  to a failure  of the buckles.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Beco Baby Butterfly Carriers

Units: About 2,000

Manufacturer: Beco Baby Carrier Inc., of Newport Beach, Calif.

Hazard: The buckles on the carrier shoulder straps can unexpectedly release tension, causing the strap to slip through, posing a fall hazard to the baby.

Incidents/Injuries: Beco has received eight reports of the carrier straps slipping through the shoulder buckles. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled infant carriers were sold under brand name “Beco Baby Carrier Butterfly.” The carriers have a black label with a green “b” logo on the left side and a butterfly on the right side. The label is sewn on the outside of the carrier. The following carrier styles are included in the recall: Mia, Pony Express, Carnival, Addison, Ethan, Sophia, Cameron, Ava and Joshua.

Sold at: Specialty retail stores nationwide and internet sites from January 2008 through February 2008 for about $140.

Manufactured in: USA and Dominican Republic

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the carriers and contact Beco Baby Carrier to receive instructions for returning the carriers for repair.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should contact Beco Baby Carrier Inc. toll-free at (888) 943-8232/9-GET-BECO between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.becobabycarrier.com

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Kyle David Miller Foundation - Car Seat Safety

Our children and their  safety is something about which we care deeply. That is why our law firm involves itself in various types of litigation involving child safety. Awhile back we were touched by a video we saw on youtube about a young boy, Kyle David Miller (see here). He unfortunately was killed in a car crash. He was not in a five point harness, but rather a booster seat which utilized the car's seat belt. When we personally saw the video, our family was driven to find a booster seat for our children that had a five point harness. We realized that the booster seat we were using, which used our car's seat belt, was not securing our children the way they needed. We have since learned that there has been a foundation set up in  memory of Kyle which collects money in order to buy 5 point harness seats for children up to 80 lbs. who otherwise would not have access to them. Check  out the video and website to learn more  about the foundation. 

Evenflo Car Seat Recall

Evenflo has announced a recall of  over 1 million car seats. Please ensure your child's car seat is not affected.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     EVENFLO / 390 (DISCOVERY)     2005-2008
     EVENFLO / 391 (DISCOVERY)     2005-2008
     EVENFLO / 534 (DISCOVERY)     2005-2008
     EVENFLO / 552 (DISCOVERY)     2005-2008
 
EVENFLO IS RECALLING 1,000,000 MODELS 390, 391, 534, AND 552 DISCOVERY CAR SEATS OR ASSOCIATED TRAVEL SYSTEMS MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 2005 THROUGH JANUARY 2008. IN RECENT LABORATORY TESTS CONDUCTED BY EVENFLO AND NHTSA TO EVALUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE SEATS IN HIGH IMPACT SIDE COLLISIONS, IT WAS REVEALED THAT THE CAR SEAT COULD POTENTIALLY BECOME SEPARATED FROM ITS BASE UNDER THESE CONDITIONS.
 
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH COULD RESULT IF THE CAR SEAT BECAME SEPARATED FROM ITS BASE.
 
EVENFLO WILL NOTIFY REGISTERED OWNERS AND PROVIDE A FREE SUPPLEMENTAL DUAL-HOOK FASTENER TO ENSURE THAT THE CAR SEAT REMAINS ATTACHED TO ITS BASE IN A HIGH IMPACT SIDE COLLISION SIMILAR TO THOSE IN THE RECENT TESTS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2008. TO OBTAIN THE FREE FASTENER, OWNERS SHOULD CALL EVENFLO AT 1-800-356-2229 BETWEEN 8 AM AND 5 PM EST OR ORDER ONLINE AT THEIR WEBSITE AT WWW.EVENFLO.COM/DISCOVERY.
 
EVENFLO HAS NOT MADE A DECISION THAT THESE UNITS CONTAIN A SAFETY RELATED DEFECT, HOWEVER EVENFLO WILL PROVIDE A FREE SUPPLEMENTAL DUAL-HOOK FASTENER. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

Kids and Cars Safety Bill

Read about Kids and Cars Safety Act of 2007 here.

For  additional  information  you can also visit the kids  and cars website.

Safety bills like this may start the  process of saving children  from becoming victims of mistaken backovers and other  car related fatalities.

Storage Racks Recalled

Where do you store all those toys?  Many of families, including ours, have invested in  storage bins in an on-going  effort to keep the childrens' toys somewhat organized.  Well it  appears some of those storage racks have been recalled.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Jetmax International Ltd., of Irving, Texas is voluntarily recalling about 36,000 boy’s and girl’s storage racks with canvas totes.

The storage rack can tip over, posing an entrapment and suffocation hazard to young children.


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Toy Recalls Continue

This week seemed no different  from the past several weeks...many toy recalls due to lead paint.  There was however, one recall that was astonishing.  Aqua Dots were recalled.  This recall was extremely bothersome as a parent. These beads apparently contain a substance found in a date rape drug. When swallowed by children, this chemical can and has caused children to fall into a coma.
CPSC has received two reports over the past several days of children swallowing Aqua Dots. A 20-month-old child swallowed several dozen beads. He became dizzy and vomited several times before slipping into a comatose state for a period of time, was hospitalized, and has since fully recovered. A second child also vomited and slipped into a comatose state and was hospitalized for five days.
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Car Seat Mistakes

I came across a new site  that discusses common mistakes made with car seats...With such an important child safety issue, we felt it important to post some of the information here.

Most parents understand the importance of putting their children in car seats, especially their younger kids, but reports still show that 80% of kids aren't secured correctly in a car seat.

Among the easiest mistakes to avoid is to just make sure that your child is in the correct car seat for his age and that he is facing the right direction.

  • Infants should be in a rear facing infant only seat or convertible seat until they are 1 year old AND twenty pounds. Children who reach twenty pounds before their first birthday still need to face backwards and can be moved into a rear facing convertible seat. Smaller infants who don't reach 20 pounds until after their first birthday should also continue to face backwards. This is more a minimum though. Many people advocate continuing to sit toddlers rear facing in a convertible seat until they outgrow it for added safety.
  • After they are twenty pounds and have passed their first birthday, toddlers can use a forward facing car seat (either a convertible, combination or forward facing seat) until they are about 40 pounds.
  • Children over forty pounds should be placed into a belt positioning booster seat (either a combination seat or booster seat) and they will usually stay in it until they are at least 8 years old.
  • You should not use your car's regular seat belts until they fit correctly when your child is about 80 pounds and is 4ft 9 inches tall. Remember that your child will not be ready to use regular seat belts until the shoulder strap fits across his shoulder and not his neck, and the lap belt fits across his hips and not his stomach.
  • All children under 12 years of age should be placed in the back seat of the car, especially if you have passenger side air bags.
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Car Seat vs. Booster Seat

Recently, I overheard a conversation which reminded me about the importance of this question of car seat versus a booster seat.  As I waited for my daughter during one of her after school activities I heard  a group of mothers and fathers discussing the fact that they were switching their children to the booster seats that use the car's seat belt rather than a five  point harness.  They were discussing that this was a change they needed to make because when they pick their children up from school through the car  pool lane, it is  too difficult to find a  place to park the car, get out and buckle their children into their five point harnessed car seats.  Continue Reading...

Football and Brain Injuries

As  we know sports injuries are all  too common in  high schools across the nation.  The injuries are not exclusive to the sport, they happen in everything, football, soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey and more.  It is a promising idea to us that there are studies such as the  this one    where there are monitors placed inside the helmets of football players.  These monitors register to a laptop on the sidelines indicating what type of blow to the head the player just received.
The purpose of the high-tech headgear, which uses six strategically placed, spring-loaded accelerometers to wirelessly beam information to a Web-based system on a laptop computer on the sidelines, is to more effectively – and more immediately – detect when blows to players’ heads may result in concussions or more severe brain injuries.


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Inspection Stations

Car seat installation can seem daunting.  If you are unsure about the installation of  your child's car seat,  please have it inspected...better safe than  sorry.  Click here for a link to find an inspection station near you.

Bus Safety

With 70,000 students riding school buses on 2,100 routes in Wake County, there are bound to be mishaps.

But the parents of one local kindergartener said even one accident was too many when their son’s first bus ride landed him in the emergency room.  Read More

First off, it is extremely unnerving that this child's stop was missed not once but twice in the same day, even after his parents brought it to the  attention of the school.  But moreover, it makes one wonder about the safety of the students on the bus.  As we here at the firm, are constantly evaluating car seats, safety belts, crashworthiness of automobiles, and more, a story like this makes us wonder about the safety of the children on those  buses.  It appears this little boy stood up when he noticed the driver missing his stop, and therefore fell, causing an injury to his head.  As we have learned through many cases, what may appear as a slight contusion to the head at first sometimes is just the  beginning.  Should there be seat belts or something on the buses to help keep children from standing and consequently falling while on the  bus?  Something to think about....

Britax Child Seat Recall

Here is yet another child seat recall report.  What is most disturbing is that Britax has in the past seemed to have a better reputation for their car seats.
Summary:
 CERTAIN BRITAX MARATHON CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS, MODELS E9L06, E9W06, AND E906, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 23 THROUGH JULY 28, 2006. DURING TESTING, THE TETHER HOOK OPENED WHICH FAILS TO CONFORM TO THE DYNAMIC PERFORMANCE AND CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM INTEGRITY REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 213, CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS.
Consequence:
 THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE CONSEQUENCE AS IT RELATES TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY.
Remedy:
 BRITAX HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A REMEDY AND NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

Dorel Juvenile Group- Car Seat Recall

On August 30, 2007 some Dorel Juvenile Group  (DJG) issued a recall which may affect a potential 1,267,978 units.
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Kids Stuck in the Blind Spot

I recently read an article by Mike Hendricks in The Kansas City Star. As  a parent, reading this article made my stomach churn. These stories are gut wrenching to read...thinking about those poor children who are forgotten or  left in cars with windows rolled up who essentially boil to death...or the stories of a parent or a grandparent  who run their (grand)child over simply because they didn't see the child while backing up.  Mr. Hendricks introduces Jannette Fennell, founder of Kids and Cars (www.kidsandcars.org).
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Mattel's Latest Toy Recall

Mattel issued yet another round of recalls.  This recall involved toys that may contain lead paint as well as toys that have  magnets that cause serious digestive problems if children swallow them. The recall includes the popular "Cars" characters, Polly Pockets and  more.  Please view the latest recall notices for more information, and please be extremely cautious. If you think your child may have been exposed to lead paint please consult with your child's doctor.  We will be one of the millions of families combing through our toys determining whether or not what we have was affected by the massive recalls.

Polly Pocket Recall

Doggie Day Care Recall

Barbie and Tanner Recall

Die Cast Toy Cars Recall

Batman Recall

For further information visit the Consumer Protection Safety Commission.

Choking Hazard & Car Seats

The Office of Defects Investigation at the NHTSA opened an investigation on July 17, 2007 involving Evenflo / Triumph car seats.  Apparently there have  been 12  complaints since 2003 of a choking hazard involving child seats from  this manufacturer.  The complaint alleges children are able to  gain access to the  styrofoam from underneath the seat padding/ cover and break it  into  pieces. In 10 of the 12 cases, it  was stated that the child placed these pieces into their mouths. 3 of those children were reported to choke and 1 reportedly gagged.  We'll be watching  to see what happens with this  investigation.

Fisher-Price Recalls

A press release from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission was just released. About 967,000 units have been recalled due to a possible  lead poisoning hazard.  Please read the entire release here.

Car Seat Installation

Ever wondered if you have installed your child's car seat correctly?    This site provides many details and  graphics that may be useful when installing a car seat.  It also has many safety tips, general usage information, and things  to  remember. A couple of  important  notes, make sure that the seat belt is securely around your child, not twisted, or  loose, or too high and certainly not under  his or her arm. In addition, if your car seat is involved in a car accident, you should not reuse it.

Softball Head Injury

This young lady from Michigan was set to enter seventh grade this fall.  Apparently she a missed a ground ball during softball practice, the ball  hit her head.  She never regained consciousness.  The story can be found here.

Booster Seats

Booster seat versus car seat...what a dilemma. I had bought a  booster seat for our  daughter...one of the seats that utilizes the car's seat buckle.  We figured she is  five years old, most of the children in her class were using booster seats, and she meets the height  and  weight requirements for the seat.  But every time I would look in my rear view mirror, and the car was making even the  slightest of turns...there she  was moving  around...the seat essentially not doing  anything to protect her.  Then I saw this video, and realized that my worries were not unfounded.
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Rear Facing Infant Seats

As a parent,  this  video makes me  think twice  before turning our daughter to  a forward facing seat.

Baseball & Helmets

Baseball is a great sport.  My son plays baseball, and I'll  admit that one of the reasons I don't worry so much about it is because at least he isn't playing football, or some other full contact sport.

Yet according to the blog Transducer Reviews, baseball  is the sport with the highest  fatality rate for kids from 5-14 years of age.  The post is here, and I'll go into more detail about how these statistics can play out in the legal world on the flip. Continue Reading...