Friday, April 27, 2012

Sign Up for Kid Product Recalls

My subscription to Parents magazine has paid off in more ways than one. In addition to the recommendations and ideas, they also provide safety information including product recalls.

As I was perusing this month's issue, I came across two products that we happen to own. And, guess where they landed on the page? In the recall section.

Fortunately, I made calls right away to each of the companies, gave product codes where required, and already received a replacement part in the mail for one product, and awaiting the other.

Many times the recalls just require a revised part, but it's better to be safe and sure, and stop use of product that has been recalled until the product has either been repaired or part replaced to confirm its safety.

We don't have to own a magazine subscription to get the latest news on toy recalls; however, they are rich with information and insights and can help to keep us abreast of important news too. Nonetheless, it is imperative that we keep aware of news like recalls whether through magazines or online to continue to keep our children safe.

In addition to a link to Parents magazine's website to look up product recalls, here are additional places online that you can go to to sign up for regular recall updates.
1. Parents magazine online

3. US Consumer Product Safety Commission

I have also included a link on the Mommy's Point of View homepage on the left hand side for you to sign up easily to track this important information.

As we know, nothing is perfect, and not all products are either. We do have to owe tremendous thanks and gratitude to the many parents who have had to undergo unfortunate experiences with their children at the hands of products that needed repair. I thank you for taking the time to share your situations with the right resources to help us; and therefore, motivate and urge companies to make product changes to protect our kids.

I happen to be in the process of reporting to the CPSC about a bathmat I bought at Target for Sarah. Unfortunately, I threw the product wrapping away and cannot find it online. I am going to the CPSC directly with a complaint to help warn other parents.
A few times I noticed that Sarah was slipping in the tub but felt it was hard to tell if she was just being overly playful and rambunctious, but in essence, something was indeed wrong with the mat.

Well, unfortunately for me, but good for Sarah, mommy found out the hard way.

One morning, I chose to use Sarah's bathroom to get ready while Daniel was in the other shower. I realized that once I was in I forgot the new bar of soap on the sink counter. Thinking nothing of it, I stepped out, or at least I tried, to reach for the soap and instead did what could have been scored as a "10" at the Olympic games if there was such a sport as out of the tub flipping. Instead, I did a full body rotation out of the tub right onto the floor and into the door and then banging my head onto Sarah's step stool. Thank goodness Sarah was not in the bathroom with me at the time. I can't begin to image what could have happened and she might have gotten scared and possibly hurt.

While I laughed later about the incident for it was indeed embarASSing, I was adamant that I would report this product to the CPSC to help warn other parents who may own this product.

We have a responsibility as consumers, and especially as parents, to report bad experiences with products, such as my tumble with this bat mat, to help companies be in the know about unsafe products on the market. I applaud companies that address issues in a timely fashion to help keep our children safe.

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