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:
- Cribs — Two million cribs recalled.
- High Chairs — Fasteners could come loose, making it so that the seatback could “recline unexpectedly.”
- Boosters — The buckle on these chairs was coming undone without warning.
- Doorway Jumpers — Toys that were attached to the doorway jumper could come detached, posing a choking hazard.
- Stair gates — These are the devices that prevent young children from falling down stairs. The hinges of the China-made product can break.
- 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.