Baby Monitors and Car Seats Recalled

Child in car seat

Over the last year, there has been a slew of recalled childrens’ products. Too many, by anyone’s standards.

First, as we discussed in July, 2 million drop-side cribs were recalled, and then the Consumer Products Safety Commission banned drop-side cribs across the board.

In January 2010, over 1.5 million Graco strollers were recalled based on reports that childrens’ fingers were being amputated by the stroller’s mechanisms.

And, earlier this month, as described in an article, 800,000 car seats were recalled:

Dorel Juvenile Group said the problem affects certain child safety seats made between May 1, 2008, and April 30, 2009 and sold in the U.S., that have a center front adjuster for the harness, the agency said in a statement. The recall affects infant, convertible and booster seats that were sold alone and as part of travel systems with strollers, NHTSA said.

In the affected seats, the harness locking and release button does not always return to the locked position, NHTSA said. With the button unlocked, the shoulder strap can slip back through the adjuster as a child moves, loosening the harness.

And, last, but certainly not least, Bob Kraft writes about a recent recall of 2 million baby monitors at his blog:

(A)lmost 2,000,000 baby monitors produced by Summer Infant have been recalled because two children strangled in their cribs after getting tangled in the devices’ electrical cords…The monitors were sold at Babies “R Us stores from September 2009 to May 2010 for about $200, the CPSC said.

Let’s hope that for the remainder of 2011, there will be far fewer recalls of products that affect children. As we’ve said in the past, the safety of our children depends on the vigilance of parents and guardians, the oversight of governmental agencies like the CPSC and the hard work of personal injury attorneys who assist the injured and force large companies to take reasonable care to prevent future injuries from occurring.

Howard Ankin of Ankin Law ( handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 600-0000 and