Safety commission warns parents of baby product safety

Consumer Alert

POSTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 5:10pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 5:19pm

Bring home a new baby and you bring home a house full of new equipment - products parents presume are safe to use.

David Butler is Deputy Director for Consumers Union in Washington D.C.

CU says products are designed and sold, and only after being used by children do some safety problems surface.

"That's always the challenge – it’s making sure that those products are the very safest that they can be and when necessary trying to get these dangerous products off the store shelves but it is a very complex process that can take a while," said Butler.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is in charge of tracking injuries and working with manufacturers to redesign products and sometimes issue a recall.

Here at the CPSC's lab, products are tested for safety and dangerous designs discovered. For starters, drop side cribs - more than eleven million have been recalled, and 32 babies have died.

Also, beware of soft bedding. The CPSC says nearly half of all crib deaths are from suffocation. It warns never put pillows, quilts, cushions or even bumpers in the baby's crib.

The CPSC says don't use body positioners; they have caused at least 12 deaths. Another worry is baby sling carriers. At least 14 deaths have been reported.

Falls also injure children. Recently, Bumbo seats were recalled for a fix. Twenty-one skull fractures were reported after babies fell out of seats placed on elevated surfaces.

Check the government website SaferProducts.gov for information. The website includes potentially dangerous products and products that have already been recalled. 

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