Have your baby items been recalled?  Here’s what to do next

Have your baby items been recalled? Here’s what to do next

Don't throw out recalled baby items — do this

Don’t throw out recalled baby items — do this

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Recent headlines are the recall of more than 2 million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers, but every week a product you’ve come to know, love and rely on in your parenting journey may be subject to a recall.

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If you own one of these baby cribs and rockers—or any other recently recalled baby product—you may be wondering what to do next. For each product, it can vary greatly, but there are some very specific—and important—steps you should take to ensure both your baby’s safety and the safety of others.

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Here’s how to track product recalls and what to do if you have a baby product that’s being recalled.

More: Safer baby swings to replace the recalled MamaRoo

Be informed

The popular Bumbo Baby Sitter seats were recalled in 2018 due to the potential risk of head injuries.

The popular Bumbo Baby Sitter seats were recalled in 2018 due to the potential risk of head injuries.

Let recent recalls be a reminder to set your Google alerts to include baby and infant recalls. Being informed about all product recalls and the details of the recall is the first step in making sure your child is safe.

Kids In Danger is a non-profit organization set up to inform and support the public about product safety and sends out a regular newsletter listing recalled children’s products and what to do next if your product has remove the SHELVES.

You can also visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall database. The CPSC is the government agency that reviews products that may pose risks to consumers. They have a searchable database that you can enhance to keep up to date with all recalls.

The second step is to research any second-hand or second-hand items before you buy them. While it’s technically illegal to sell a recalled item, if it’s used, it’s basically up to you, the buyer, to make sure you’re not buying something that should have been sent to the landfill.

Fix it and forget it

Not all recalls are created equal. While some items must be pulled from the shelves and destroyed, others are deemed safe with a simple cut of a drawstring or repair of a worn wheel. Pay close attention to the details of the revocation notice.

For the MamaRoo models included in the rocker and bassinet recalls, the company is sending a free strap attachment solution to reduce the risk of infants becoming entangled in the straps as they hang under the seat.

In other cases, your item will need to be sent back to the manufacturer for expert repair.

In other scenarios, the company will recommend destroying the product or returning it to the manufacturer.

Return to sender

If a product is fairly new and on the market, you may be eligible for a refund. Unfortunately, however, this may not always be the case. When it comes to removing recalled items from the market, companies can sometimes be quite stingy in encouraging people to do the responsible thing.

After a few years, you may receive little to nothing from the company for the recalled item you once spent hundreds of dollars on. Even though this may be a bitter pill to swallow, it’s even better to remove an item from any reusability.

Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger, encourages you to send the item back if possible. “We encourage people to send [the product] back to the company. Even if they’re only going to give you a small amount, it’s so important to get that item out of any kind of circulation — even if it’s second-hand,” says Cowles.

Romp

While a company may not advertise any incentive to remove a baby item from circulation, Cowles says you shouldn’t be afraid to apply pressure. He recommends you make a fuss.

“Look, if you bought a Pack-‘n-Play five years ago and planned to use it on your newborn, it’s not good enough that you only got it [one] use it,” he says.

Ask for a replacement product, a coupon for a new item, or even free UPS pickup to deliver the recalled baby products to them.

Destroy and discard

Infantino recalled the SlingRider children's sling after three deaths.

Infantino recalled the SlingRider children’s sling after three deaths.

It is illegal to resell a recalled product. You may get away with it, but this purchase may put another child at risk.

We encourage you to do your best to destroy the offending product. Destroy doesn’t just mean throw it in the trash or toss it in the donation pile, it means take it apart as best you can and dispose of it piecemeal.

“You’d be surprised what people will pick up from your trash. If [a recalled baby product] it looks good to them, he could go home with them and another child could end up in harm’s way,” says Cowles. It says it will keep the parts with the first trash removal to make reassembly either impossible or very difficult.

If you absolutely must resell or ship your product, make sure it comes with a recall kit and that you sell the product you’re recalling either repaired or with the kit attached, otherwise—if the next child who uses it is injured—you and the consignment store will he is absolutely responsible.

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