It may surprise most people to learn that one of the largest recalls of children's products ever undertaken by the Consumer Product Safety Commission did not involve toys, cribs, highchairs, pacifiers or even clothing. Rather it involved a piece of furniture that had the ability to trap and suffocate unsuspecting children looking for a good hiding place.
During the holiday season, as well as other times of the year, consumers often times find themselves shopping far and wide for the right toys for their children. While there is nothing wrong with this, it is important to note that some toys are dangerous and should not be purchased.
When it comes to the topic of dangerous or defective children's products, most people naturally think of toys, cribs or even clothes. However, a recently published report by researchers at the renowned Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital suggests that people might want to add high chairs to this mental checklist.
It may seem hard to believe, but Christmas is now less than three weeks away. That, of course, means parents here in California and across the U.S. are busy searching for toys online and on store shelves, trying to find those items that will make it a truly memorable holiday for their children.
Losing a loved one because of dangerous or unsafe products is never an easy thing to handle. This is especially true if that loved one is your own child whose life had barely just begun. This was the main thought of the Consumer Product Safety Commission when they began receiving incident reports involving baby bassinets and cradles. Tragically, 132 of these reports, between November 2007 and March 2013, ended fatally, which prompted the agency to take a call to action on the problem.
Residents across the state of California probably were just as shocked as we were when the Food and Drug Administration's proposed that the inorganic arsenic levels allowed in apple juice be lowered to those allowed in drinking water. While not shocking that the allowable levels should be lowered, the real concern lies in the fact that arsenic levels are present in this product at all.
To some degree, when we purchase products here in the United States, we expect that the more we pay for something, the higher quality it will be. And although for the most part this appears to be true, sometimes it's the higher-end products that end up being the most dangerous.
Who can forget that famous scene in 'A Christmas Story' when Ralphie asks the Santa at the mall for an Official Red Rider Air-Rifle, to which the Santa replies, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid." It's a Christmas classic that brings us back to a time when toys had few safety warnings and often times really could take children's eyes out.
If you've driven past a neighborhood where there has been a children's birthday party, chances are you've seen one of those large, inflatable play structures such as a bouncy house or an inflatable slide.