It’s been a bad week for baby product safety. Fisher-Price has recalled hundreds of thousands of high chairs and toys sold in the UK over safety concerns, while US authorities are warning of the dangers of baby sleep positioners.
We’ve got the full details of which products are affected by this week’s safety warnings – and what you should do if you own one of these items.
Fisher-Price high chairs recall
Fisher-Price has recalled Healthy Care high chairs following US reports of problems with pegs on the back of the chairs, resulting in seven children requiring stitches. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said pegs on the back of the high chairs used to store the tray could result in cuts and other injuries should children fall on them.
The Healthy Care high chairs affected are:
- Flutterbye Dreams Deluxe Plus.
- Cow Over the Moon.
- Link-a-doos Deluxe Plus.
About 72,763 of the chairs were sold through major UK stores between September 2001 and last month.
If you own one of these models, you should stop using the product immediately and contact Fisher-Price to receive a free repair kit. The Mattel website has a step-by-step guide to identifying your high chair and applying for the kit, or you can call its dedicated recall helpline on 0800 0320 615.
Fisher-Price toys recall
A safety warning has also been issued regarding certain Fisher-Price infant toys containing inflatable balls. The valve of the inflatable ball on these toys can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children – with 50 incidents reported in the US. The UK products affected are:
- B2408 Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade.
- C3068 Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium.
- H5704 Baby Gymtastics Play Wall.
- H8094 Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium.
- K0476 Bat & Score Goal.
- J0327 Bop & Bouncer Ball.
- 73408 The Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground.
Over 165,000 items were sold in the UK between July 2001 and July 2008. The Mattel website has pictures of each model affected and instructions on how to apply for replacement products.
Additionally, more than 6,000 Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n’ Play Rampways sold between April and September 2010 have been recalled, following reports that the wheels on the cars could come off and pose a choking risk.
Baby sleep positioners
Infant sleep positioners, meanwhile, were the subject of another safety warning following US reports of 12 babies aged between one and four months dying when in or next to a sleep positioner – intended to help babies sleep safely – over the past 13 years.
The CPSC described the products as dangerous and unnecessary. Its chairman, Inez Tenenbaum, said: ‘We urge parents and caregivers to take our warning seriously and stop using these sleep positioners, so that children can have a safer sleep.’
The US recall has prompted UK shops including Mothercare, Tesco and Kiddicare to remove the products from their shelves.
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