The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released two different recalls of children’s products. One recall involves dressers distributed by Target that are dangerous because they are prone to tipping over and entrapping children. The second recall includes strollers sold at Target and Walmart, which are dangerous due to a manufacturing defect that allows the leg brackets to break apart.
The CPSC rigorously regulates the safety of children’s products in particular, and has certain requirements in place to ensure that the items are safe for children to use or be around. All in all, the two recalls include over 200,000 total units of defective children’s products that have hit the market. Although multiple consumer complaints have been lodged against the strollers and dressers, miraculously no children have been injured.
Target is complying with the CPSC’s recall of some of its Room Essentials dressers due to serious tip-over hazards. So far, the commission has received a total of 12 reports of tip-overs; in two instances, children were pinned beneath the dressers after they fell over. Both children escaped injuries. Similarly to other recalled dressers throughout the past, the Room Essentials model is unstable when it isn’t properly anchored to a wall.
Target and the CPSC are advising consumers to take action right away, stop using the recalled dressers and place them in areas that children are unable to access. The dressers were sold from January 2013 to April 2016 exclusively at Target locations across the country, and for roughly $118. Consumers can bring the unsafe dressers to a Target store to receive a full refund. To read more about the Room Essentials dresser recall, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
According to the CPSC, every 30 minutes a child is taken to an emergency room to treat injuries sustained during a furniture tip-over. The CPSC has also documented that one child dies from these injuries every two weeks, and that 91% of the fatalities occur in the home. Altogether, approximately 33,000 consumers – children and adults alike – are injured as a result of tip-over incidents annually.
There have been consumer reports lodged against the J is for Jeep brand strollers, as well. The CPSC has received four reports of the strollers breaking, and at least one in which a child fell out of his or her stroller and was cut and bruised. Delta, the manufacturing company, is complying with the CPSC’s recall and instructing any consumers who own the affected models to immediately discontinue using them. There are 11 total model numbers included in the recall.
The strollers were sold between August 2015 and 2016, for anywhere between $130-$160. If you own a recalled J for Jeep brand stroller, you can contact Delta and receive the necessary repairs. To read the CPSC’s recall and find the affected model and lot numbers, please visit the CPSC website.
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