recalls http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7937/all en-US Recalled Robes, Cribs, and Hooded Sweatshirts: Top Safety Concerns You Should Know About http://www.wisebread.com/recalled-robes-cribs-and-hooded-sweatshirts-top-safety-concerns-you-should-know-about <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recalled-robes-cribs-and-hooded-sweatshirts-top-safety-concerns-you-should-know-about" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/robe recall.jpg" alt="robe recall" title="robe recall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="200" height="275" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">This isn&rsquo;t the first time I&rsquo;ve written about recalls.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Sadly, they seem to pop up every day &ndash; either an indication of our products getting junkier, or a sign that the government is becoming better aware of safety concerns, in general.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>These alerts top my list of &ldquo;recalls you really should know about.&rdquo; If Grandma wears a robe, you must read this!<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I always like when a company takes the initiative and puts out a voluntary recall before any accidents occur.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>To me, it is a sign that they are being proactive, hoping to avoid lawsuit, and taking responsibility for their own product lines (instead of waiting for the government to tell them what to do.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Many of these product recalls occurred BEFORE any accidents occurred.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Sadly, however, many of the affected consumer groups aren&rsquo;t the type to read emails or check the <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/">CPSC website</a> for updates.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Do you know anyone who would be affected by these recalls?<b style=""><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style=""><a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09241.html">Blair Chenille Robes</a></b> &ndash; There have been six reported deaths of consumers by catching on fire while wearing these $20-40 robes.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The reports indicate that five of them were women, all of them were cooking at the time, and a few were in their 80&rsquo;s.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This just makes me sad, as many of the customers who order from Blair do so over the phone or through catalog orders.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(They are not likely to be reading emails or checking <a href="http://www.snopes.com/">Snopes</a> to see if reports are real.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Internet-savvy customers can to to <a href="http://www.blair.com/content.jsp?pageName=recall">www.blair.com/recall</a><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span>for the full details of the recall, or they can call (877) 392-7095 to file a claim and get their $50 Blair gift card.<b style=""><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style=""><a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09238.html">LaJobi Drop Side Cribs</a></b> &ndash; Two separate recalls have been issued for models of this crib, sold at retailers like USA Baby, Buy Buy Baby, and Beautiful Beginnings.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Retailing at between $299 and $450, you would expect (and hope) that the slats on the side of the crib would NOT break or fall out.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, there have been over 40 reports of slat or side failure, and one case of a baby falling out of the crib and getting bruised.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Read the details of the recalls at <a href="http://safetyinfo.lajobi.com/">LaJobi&rsquo;s website</a>, and share this info with people you know.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Check out past crib and bassinet recalls at <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/">CPSC&rsquo;s website</a> &ndash; just do a search for &ldquo;crib&rdquo; or &ldquo;bassinet.&rdquo;)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style=""><a href="http://search.cpsc.gov/query.html?qt=sweatshirts+drawstrings&amp;charset=iso-8859-1&amp;col=pubweb">Children&rsquo;s Hooded Sweatshirts</a></b> &ndash; I can&rsquo;t even count the number of hooded sweatshirt recalls I&rsquo;ve seen in the last year.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The brands include Red Envelope, Ocean Pacific, Karl Kani, and Gildan Activewear and include everything in between.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Unfortunately, recalls date back to before 2007 and warn of strangulation hazards from the drawstrings in the hoods of the sweatshirts.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Despite industry standards, there are new recalls every month, and even more companies settling lawsuits as a result of injury or death. Even if you were aware of every recall and avoided purchasing new garments under these brands, many parents buy gently used clothing from garage sales and consignment outlets &ndash; making it difficult to stay on top of the news.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I would suggest reading up on many of the recalls, but to be absolutely certain you are not affected &ndash; avoid buying kids&rsquo; clothing with drawstrings.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Period.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style=""><a href="http://search.cpsc.gov/query.html?qt=play+yard&amp;charset=iso-8859-1&amp;col=pubweb">Baby/Toddler Play yards (playpens)</a></b> &ndash; I can&rsquo;t imagine living without my Graco Pack N&rsquo; Play.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I also cannot imagine living without any of my four children.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>When <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml01/01094org.html">this press release went out in 2001</a>, parents cringed at the thought that a play yard could be responsible for 4 infant deaths and several injuries.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Recalls dating back to 1993 revealed weaknesses in various brands&rsquo; models, including Kolcraft, Century, and EvenFlo.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Just when we thought play pens were getting safer, a new round of recalls got parents worrying again.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Brands involved in this recent rash of recalls include <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml09/09219.html">Eddie Bauer</a> and <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml09/09098.html">Fisher-Price/Simplicity</a>.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Parents are encouraged to follow recall alerts from CPSC&rsquo;s website and subscribe to <a href="https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx">updates via email</a>.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(This <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml00/00071.html">recent article</a> involving the safety of motel/hotel cribs and playpens is also very informative reading!)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I recently reported a defect in a new toy my son was playing with.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Even when used properly, his little finger kept getting pinched in a moving part and it caused him to lose part of his fingernail.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We took the toy away, and I contacted the company &ndash; with no results.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(I couldn&rsquo;t believe that this wasn&rsquo;t also happening to other kids.)&nbsp; Unfortunately, if there are only one or two reports of failure or injury, it may not be enough to prompt a recall.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I encourage everyone to be vigilant in reporting product defects to both the manufacturer and the CPSC &ndash; especially if it is something you feel other consumers could benefit from knowing about.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="">What recalls are most alarming to you?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Do you follow them carefully, or do you think recalls are mostly hype?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We&rsquo;d love to hear your feedback!</i><o:p></o:p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/recalled-robes-cribs-and-hooded-sweatshirts-top-safety-concerns-you-should-know-about">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/books-get-recalled-too-the-shocking-truth">Books Get Recalled, Too (The Shocking Truth)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bots-chips-and-selfies-how-safe-are-the-new-ways-to-pay">Bots, Chips, and Selfies: How Safe Are the New Ways to Pay?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth">Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-purchase-rang-up-wrong-could-the-law-be-on-my-side">My Purchase Rang Up Wrong! Could the Law Be on My Side?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Consumer Affairs CPSC cribs play yards recalls robes safety Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:59:14 +0000 Linsey Knerl 3261 at http://www.wisebread.com It Broke? Check for a Recall http://www.wisebread.com/it-broke-check-for-a-recall <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/it-broke-check-for-a-recall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/broken.JPG" alt="broken keyboard" title="broken keyboard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last time our DVD player broke, I went out and bought a new one. The Best Buy salesman said he wasn&#39;t surprised that it had only worked for a year; he called them &quot;disposable.&quot;</p> <p> Two years later, the new one is broken. But this time, instead of going shopping, my husband had an idea.</p> <p>&quot;Check online for recalls,&quot; he told me.</p> <p>I don&#39;t know what gave him the hunch. Maybe it was that time a few years back when our microwave started sparking like crazy and we found out (after several failed attempts by Sears to fix it) that it had a recalled part.</p> <p>At any rate, he was right. I Googled the maker (Toshiba) and the model number (SD-3980SU2), and immediately came up with an <a href="http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/tacpassets-images/notices/sd-3980_sd-k750.asp">information page about a recall</a>. One 5-minute phone call later, and I am expecting a new, 2008 model of the DVD player to arrive within a couple of weeks. I will have to package up the old DVD player and mail it in, but a new DVD player is worth a trip to the post office any day in my book.</p> <p>Now I have to get Googling to see if the broken cord to my Roomba could have possibly been recalled ... </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/it-broke-check-for-a-recall">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-recall">How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Recall</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-warranties-that-arent-worth-it">4 Warranties That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/recalled-robes-cribs-and-hooded-sweatshirts-top-safety-concerns-you-should-know-about">Recalled Robes, Cribs, and Hooded Sweatshirts: Top Safety Concerns You Should Know About</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-times-you-should-demand-a-refund">9 Times You Should Demand a Refund</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs broken dvd player electronics recalls Tue, 29 Jan 2008 02:38:00 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1693 at http://www.wisebread.com How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Recall http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-recall <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-recall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/recalledblock.jpg" alt="recalled Baby Einstein block" title="Replacements for This Block Can Be Ordered" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the rash of toy recalls recently, I have heard a lot of parents say they have sorted through their kids&#39; toys and thrown away anything even close to the ones deemed dangerous. That&#39;s silly, for two reasons: One, most recalls are for a very specific product manufactured during a limited date range. Two, most companies provide a way for parents to get a replacement toy or a refund instead of just throwing it away.</p> <p>When you hear about a recall in the media, the first thing you should do is check out a detailed source. The newspaper or TV news usually doesn&#39;t provide enough information for you to know what to do. A great place to start is <a href="http://www.recalls.gov" title="www.recalls.gov">www.recalls.gov</a>, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission site on this topic. Alternatively, you can almost always find a detailed release on the site of the toy manufacturer, such as this <a href="http://www.mattel.com/safety/us/">page</a> set up by Mattel. Compare the photo and description of the recalled product to what you have. Some manufacturers provide helpful yes/no &quot;<a href="https://recall.kidsii.com/KIDSIIRecallSub63x63x1x0.aspx">wizards</a>&quot; to help you determine if your toy is part of the recall. Often the release provides certain serial numbers, found on the packaging or the product itself, or a date range. </p> <p>If you bought the product after the date range, the problem has likely already been fixed. Often it will have a new feature that shows it&#39;s been fixed, for example, an extra <a href="http://www.babybjorn.com/Eng/Questions-Answers/Aterkallelser/Recall-for-repair-of-BABYBJORN-Baby-Carrier/">strap</a> on an infant carrier.</p> <p> If you bought the product before the recall date range, it&#39;s trickier to know what to do: Personally, I took away a Baby Einstein block from my baby that was manufactured before the recall range began. Could I really trust that the blue paint on that block was lead free, or did they just not test any blocks from that range? As I parent, I felt it wasn&#39;t worth the risk in that case, so I&#39;m getting rid of the block. </p> <p>Once you determine that you really do have a recalled toy, get a replacement or get your money back. The easiest way to do that is to shop at a store that promises up front to take them back, like Target. On this recall <a href="http://www.target.com/b/ref=br_bx_10/601-5377778-8050562?ie=UTF8&amp;node=381908011">notice</a>, see where it says, &quot;return the item to the nearest Target store for a full refund&quot;? I returned a recalled puzzle table to Target a couple months ago, and I didn&#39;t have a receipt or even have all the pieces. I had bought it in another state years ago. The Target employees couldn&#39;t find it in the database, but I told them it was recalled and they took my word for it.  </p> <p> Wal-Mart also said in <a href="http://www.walmartfacts.com/articles/5267.aspx">press releases</a> about specific recalls that customers can return the affected toys for a full refund.</p> <p>You can generally also contact the manufacturer about a fix, replacement, or refund. Check the press release for details on how to do so. </p> <p>To tell the truth, I&#39;m usually kind of happy when one of my kids&#39; toys gets recalled because it means I can turn in something they&#39;re already tired of and get something new. Of course, some products that have caused <a href="http://children.webmd.com/news/20070921/3-baby-deaths-spur-crib-recall">tragedies</a>, such as the Simplicity cribs recently recalled, and I do not mean to make light of that. But I&#39;m not the type of parent to freak out over a little lead paint (<a href="http://www.denverpost.com/foodretail/ci_7009159">doctors will tell you</a> that it&#39;s more crumbling, peeling lead paint, lead dust, and cumulative exposure you need to worry about) or a toy that might break. </p> <p>Not all recalls are reported in the media. In fact, I found out about a recall affecting one of my daughter&#39;s toys while researching this post. You can stay on top of them by signing up for the CPSC&#39;s <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx">recall email list.</a></p> <p>Keep these resources handy when you go shopping for second-hand children&#39;s products, too, whether on EBay or at a garage sale. There&#39;s no need to fear buying even a crib second hand (as long as it was made after 1991) -- but I would never buy one without checking the manufacturing information sticker, found directly on the crib, and looking it up online. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-recall">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-zhu-zhu-pets-and-other-popular-toys-toxic-find-out-at-goodguide">Are Zhu Zhu Pets and Other Popular Toys Dangerously Toxic?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-search-of-safety-a-moms-8-step-guide-to-toy-selection-and-everyday-use">In Search of Safety: A Mom&#039;s 8-Step Guide to Toy Selection and Everyday Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-year-s-hot-toy-is-next-year-s-trash">This Year’s Hot Toy is Next Year’s Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/revive-old-toys-for-extra-christmas-savings-and-sanity">Revive Old Toys for Extra Christmas Savings (and Sanity)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/it-broke-check-for-a-recall">It Broke? Check for a Recall</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs recalls toys Mon, 15 Oct 2007 12:00:07 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1257 at http://www.wisebread.com