Did you hear about the Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries recall? Apparently the company voluntarily pulled three different package sizes of this product because of, ahem, the “possible presence of glass fragments.” Gah. Gives an unpleasant new meaning to that old cereal slogan: Stays crunchy, even in milk!
Some recalls get a bunch of (likely unwanted) media attention because of it makes a dramatic, high-profile story. Cereal with GLASS, for instance — that’s just solid headline-making material right there. But there are plenty that fly under the radar, and I don’t know about you, but I have never thought to stay on the lookout for recalls that might affect my family.
I decided to take a look at a number of websites that aggregate product recall information, and it’s actually amazing just how many kid-related items get pulled each month. Here’s a brief roundup of some recent ones — and keep in mind this is by no means a comprehensive list, and it’s just from the last couple months!
UNIQLO, Children’s Pajamas
Hazard: Pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.
Fisher-Price, Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper™
Hazard: Mold can develop between the removable seat cushion and the hard plastic frame of the sleeper when it remains wet/moist or is infrequently cleaned, posing a risk of exposure to mold to infants sleeping in the product. The CPSC advises that mold has been associated with respiratory illnesses and other infections. Although mold is not present at the time of purchase, mold growth can occur after use of the product.
Magnet Balls® Manipulative Magnet Sets
Hazard: When two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together inside a child’s intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects.
Soft Air USA, Break-Barrel Air Rifle
Hazard: The air gun can discharge while the safety is engaged, posing a risk of injury to consumers and those nearby.
Toys R Us, Imaginarium Activity Walkers
Hazard: The small bolt and spacer that attaches each front wheel to the walker can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Dynacraft, Hello Kitty City Motor Scooters
Hazard: The scooters can accelerate suddenly while in use, causing the rider to lose control and fall.
MJC, Inc., Beamerzzz™ Stuffed Animals with LED Flashlight
Hazard: LED flashlight wires can protrude through the stuffed toy, posing a laceration hazard.
Mutsy USA, EVO Strollers
Hazard: The opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck, posing a strangulation hazard to young children when a child is not harnessed.
Wow, right? I don’t personally own any of the above products, but I would have had NO idea about these recalls if I hadn’t gone searching.
It turns out there are plenty of sites designed specifically to keep parents up to date on U.S. recalls, and there’s even an app that pulls recall data from government agencies like the CPSC, FDA, and USDA, and includes relevant contact numbers and websites.
I’m not overly paranoid about my kids’ products going haywire or having surprise shardlike ingredients, but maybe I should be? At any rate, it’s nice to know there are some easy ways to stay informed.
Do you monitor product recalls in any way?
Image via Kellogg’s