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The CPSC issued a recall on 82,000 Pottery Barn Kids drop side cribs, according to Reuters.  The recall is being issued for cribs sold between January 1999 and March 2010, at Pottery Barn Kids retail stores, online at www.potterybarnkids.com, and through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog.  The CPSC reports 36 instances of malfunctions with the drop sides resulting in seven injuries where children got their legs caught or fell out of the crib.  The CPSC reports that one child’s head became stuck, but that instance did not result in injury. 

Over the past five years the CPSC has issued 12 recalls of drop side cribs, made by various manufacturers, resulting in the recall of more than 7 million cribs.  The CPSC reports that over the last ten years, 32 infants and toddlers have died as a result of incidents involving drop side cribs manufactured by various companies.  Additionally, the CPSC received reports of 14 other deaths possibly related to drop side cribs.  The CPSC plans to have news rules in place by the end of the year regarding the manufacture of drop side cribs.

The CPSC has announced a recall of 12 million drinking glasses sold at McDonald’s restaurants over the last couple of months, according to a story in the New York Times.  The glasses were a part of the promotion of the new movie Shrek Forever, which came out in May.  The glasses feature different characters from the movie and contain cadmium. 

Cadmium is a known carcinogen and can induce several types of cancer. Industrial exposures to cadmium can cause metal fume fever in workers and can progress to pneumonitis, pulmonary edema and even death.  Long term cadmium exposures have been shown to cause kidney disease and softening of the bones.  In the case of the Shrek glasses, children could receive long-term exposures from using the glasses on a daily basis.  Recently, cadmium was found in metal jewelry manufactured in China and sold at various retailers such as Wal-Mart and Claires. 

China continues to bombard our children with dangerous chemicals, from many different sources.  The CPSC needs to be vigilant about this and the lead problems in products coming from China.  Our children’s future health depends on it.

According to CNN, Maytag has issued a recall for 1.7 million dishwashers.  The electrical system in the dishwashers is faulty and the dishwasher’s heating element can pose a fire hazard. 

The CPSC reports that Maytag has received 12 reports of fires caused by the eating element failures and no injuries.  One kitchen sustained extensive fire damage.  CPSC reports that the “recall includes Maytag®, Amana®, Jenn-Air®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand dishwashers with plastic tubs and certain serial numbers”, which can be found at the CPSC.  The serial numbers are located on a tag inside of the tub near the left side of the door. 

The recalled appliances were sold at various stores across the country between February 2006 and April 2010, for between $250 and $900.  The recalled dishwashers should not be used again.  If you have one of the affected dishwashers the electric supply should be shut off immediately.  Consumers can contact Maytag directly at (800) 544-5513 or visit the firm’s website at www.repair.maytag.com; to discuss repair or replacement options.

CNN reports that the maker of several drugs that were recently the subject of a giant recall, including Children’s Tylenol, Children’s Zyrtec, and Children’s Benadryl, is moving to correct the problems that necessitated the recall.  McNeil-PPC, a division of Johnson & Johnson corporation, has had four major recalls in the last seven months, including the latest recall. 

The latest recall was issued because tiny particles were found in the children’s versions of several popular medications.  The company has not released what kind of particles were found other than stating that they could be solidified product or manufacturing residue, like tiny metal particles.  In addition the company stated that some of the products in the recall could have a higher concentration of the active ingredient than listed on the label.

In November 2009 Tylenol Arthritis Pain medication was recalled because there were reports of mildew/mold smell coming from the bottles of product, and instances of people being sickened by the product’s smell.  In December of 2009 that recall was expanded to included Tylenol caplets.  In January the company recalled containers of Motrin and Tylenol because of an unusual smell coming from the container packaging.

The CSPC issued a recall for Graco’s Passage™, Alano™ and Spree™ Strollers and Travel Systems.  The recall involves hinges on the stroller’s canopy, which can close on a child’s finger and cause severe damage.  Graco has revied seven incident reports, include 5 finger tip amputations and two severe lacerations.

The strollers were sold at AAFES, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Sears, Target, Burlington Coat Factory, Walmart and other retailers between October 2004 and December 2009 for $80 to $90 for the strollers and $150 to $200 for the travel systems.  The CSPC advises consumers to stop using the strollers immediately and contact Graco for a repair kit.

According to CNN, the CSPC issued a recall  of 635,000 cribs manufactured by Dorel Asia, due to reports of 10 injuries and one death.  According to the CSPC, they issued a recall because the “drop side hardware can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. In addition, the recalled cribs can pose a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard when a slat is damaged. This can occur while the crib is in use, in storage, being put together, taken apart or reassembled; or during shipping and handling.”

Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Sears stores sold the recalled cribs from January 2005 to December 2009.  The CPSC is requesting that owners of these cribs stop using the cribs immediately.  Repair kits will be available from Dorel Asia starting sometime in February.  The repair kit will include new sides for the crib, as well as hardware to prevent the use of the drop side feature.  The CPSC website has a listing of specific crib model names and model numbers included in the recall.

The CPSC announced that LaJobi, Inc. is recalling two of its crib models, the Bonvita Hudson crib and the Babi Italia Pinehurst crib.  The lower spring pins on the foot-board and headboard of the cribs can pop off track on the drop-side, causing the dropside to detach from the crib.  When the dropside comes off, a hazardous gap is created between the side of the crib and the mattress, where infants can become entrapped and suffocate or fall out of the cribs.

About 2,900 of the cribs were sold between December 2006 and December 2007, at Babies R Us, Baby Basics, Beautiful Beginnings, Buy Buy Baby, and other children’s products stores nationwide.  The cribs were manufactured in China.

There have been 33 reports of spring pin failure in these cribs, including two reports of children becoming entrapped in the cribs and one report of a child falling from the cribs.  The CPSC says anyone owning one of these cribs should discontinue using the cribs immediately, and contact LaJobi (website is linked here), who will provide a technician to perform installation of a free retrofit hardware kit.

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