Recalls

Before you buy any product, especially for a baby or child, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to search the Recall database to see if there has been recall by the manufacturer or the government on that particular product or model.

As defined by the FDA (US Food & Drug Administration), Recalls are actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market. Recalls may be conducted on a firm’s own initiative (Voluntary recall), by FDA request, or by FDA order under statutory authority.

 

As mentioned on JPMA’s website, Recalls of [juvenile] products highlight the importance of proper assembly and use of everyday products. A recall demonstrates the company’s commitment to making safe products and taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of those who use them. As with all consumer products it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s assembly instructions. A recall should serve as a reminder to all consumers to regularly check their products to ensure that they are properly assembled and being used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Consumers should check with manufacturers if they have any concerns about product assembly.

1. RECALLS.GOV

Website: http://www.recalls.gov/search.html
You can search for recalls in the following categories:
Consumer Products (This is where products for babies (kids) would be listed)
Foods, Medicines, Cosmetics
Meat and Poultry Products
Motor Vehicles, Car Seats
Environmental Products
Boats and Boating Safety


2. UNITED STATES CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC)

Website: https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/
You can search recalls by using keywords or by Company or Country Where Manufactured.
When you do get the search results, you can filter them by date to see the most recent recalls.
Please note that the CPSC does not issue recalls on child restraint seats. For a complete list of child restraint seat recalls, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s car seat recall Web site.


3. NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S SAFERCAR.GOV

Website: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues?prodType=C
The recalls listed on this website are specific to infants and children up to preschool age. Go to Recalls, Investigations, & Complaints – Child Restraint Selection page and select the Manufacturer’s name from the list to search for the appropriate recall. It is somewhat difficult to sort through the list of complaints and recalls, and there is no way to filter them by date. It would be somewhat helpful to know the model number of your car seat, but it may not bring up all results either.

4. CONSUMER REPORTS.ORG

Website: www.consumerreports.org
Here’s how they describe themselves on their website:
“Formed as an independent, nonprofit organization in 1936, Consumer Reports serves consumers through unbiased product testing and ratings, research, journalism, public education, and advocacy. We stand firmly behind the principle that consumer products and services must be safe, effective, reliable, and fairly priced.”
You can search under “Babies & Kids” for more appropriate recalls.

5. SAFE KIDS WORLDWIDE

Website: http://www.safekids.org/product-recalls
Safe Kids is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive list of monthly child-related recalls collected from the major federal agencies: the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We also bring you any news and consumer concerns about children’s products.

5. DIRECTLY ON THE MANUFACTURER’S WEBSITE

For example,

Graco’s Recall and Safety page: http://www.gracobaby.com/safetyandrecall/pages/safetyandrecallnotification.aspx

Britax: http://www.britaxusa.com/support/safety-notices


6. Other Resources:

BABY CENTER

Website: http://www.babycenter.com/product-recall-finder

May not have most updated and recent information.

 PARENTS.COM
Website: http://www.parents.com/product-recalls/
May not have most updated and recent information.

 

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