Keeping up with baby-product recalls

Another day, another baby product recall – Baby Einstein activity jumpers, the Nap Nanny, Bumbo seats, cribs, strollers, etc. How is a new parent supposed to keep up with them all?

One of the best places to find out about recalls is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federally regulated agency responsible for everything from appliances and furniture to cribs and toys. (Everything but car seats, that is, which are regulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.) On the CPSC web site you can search recalls by category – say, “Babies and Kids” or “Toys” – or even easier, sign up to receive recall alerts via email.

Be sure to read the recall announcements carefully. Consumers are given one of three options in the event of a recall: repair, replacement, or refund, explains Mikki Fleming, spokesperson for the CPSC. In some cases, parents are advised to stop using the product and throw it away immediately. In other cases, the company provides a free repair kit to address the problem. The recall announcement will also include a toll-free number to call for more information.

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