It is a dangerous time to be a baby.
A disturbing number of products designed for the youngest portion of the population highlight the recent product recalls and safety alerts from Health Canada. Numerous bassinet and stroller issues, sleepers, sleep sacks and clothing that pose choking and suffocation hazards and pacifier clips that also create choking risks made their way onto the market.
Four different bassinet, stroller and pram products have been recalled in the past few weeks for failing to meet safety standards. BabyZen YOYO2 bassinets were recalled because product handles can be pulled into the sleeping area, posing a strangulation hazard. Owners can contact the purchase location for a full refund. Baby Jogger Prams and Pram kits have been recalled because they have not been tested to the Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets regulations and may not meet safety requirements. Similarly, the evolur Stellar Bassinets & Bedside Sleeper were not tested. Valco Baby Trend Bassinets also do not meet Canadian bassinet requirements and should be kept attached to the product’s stroller frame.
If the location of the sleep isn’t problematic, the baby’s sleepwear might well be. Disney Minnie pink short sleeve top and long pant sleep sets were recalled because a glitter covered screen print on the top could be peeled off and ingested.
Multiple sleep sacks in size 0-6 months, identified by the model number CA07043 (but sold under multiple brand names) were recalled because of a suffocation hazard. The sacks were a fabric bag with armholes or sleeves, but the head holes were large enough that the child could slide inside. More than 33,000 units of these affected products were sold at HomeSense, Marshalls and Winners locations.
Baby Pants for girls in sizes 3T and smaller under the Gagou Tagou brand were recalled because detachable buttons pose a choking hazard. Promotional baby Onesies issued by Heinz by Nature for infants 0-3 months old contained levels of lead and phthalates in excess of allowable limits, which may cause reproductive and developmental abnormalities in children when sucked or chewed for extended periods.
When opening and closing, the metal clip of the Copper Pearl Binky Pacifier Clip 3-packs can break, releasing small parts that may pose a choking hazard to young children.
Health Canada’s online database is searchable. Consumers concerned about buy goods safe for children need to understand it is important to consult the database, because there is no guarantee that a Health Canada recall notice will make products disappear from store shelves or web sites.
Health Canada also provides a number of Twitter feeds, email notifications and mobile apps to help consumers stay aware of recalls and warnings. There is a Consumer Product Incident Report Form for consumers who have experienced health or safety incidents.
Consumers who may be worried safety regulators are not giving product safety problems the attention they deserve can also share their experiences online at the Consumers Council of Canada homepage.