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Oh, Baby

August 9th, 2009

escherbabyNo product category stirs more passions on the quality issue than baby products, and I have been asked by many new parents why more hasn’t been done.

To be frank, I don’t know how to respond. Politicians have dealt with product failures in this area by focusing on toys, but the challenge is much broader.

As a resource for those who may have interest, I’m listing a number of recalls that have affected new parents. This is just a scratch on the surface. For a return of literally thousands of hits, conduct your own search at the website managed by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  1. Cribs — Two million cribs recalled.
  2. High Chairs — Fasteners could come loose, making it so that the seatback could “recline unexpectedly.”
  3. Boosters — The buckle on these chairs was coming undone without warning.
  4. Doorway Jumpers — Toys that were attached to the doorway jumper could come detached, posing a choking hazard.
  5. Stair gates —  These are the devices that prevent young children from falling down stairs. The hinges of the China-made product can break.
  6. Baby floats — About 4 million baby floats were recalled after it was found that the leg straps meant to hold the children into the device were tearing, causing babies to fall through the floats.

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