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2009 Product Recalls

2009 Product Recalls of Baby and Toddler Toys and Gear

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Evenflo Majestic High Chairs

Evenflo Majestic High Chairs
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These high chairs were recalled in 2008, but the recall has been expanded. There are caps and screws on the sides of the chair that can fall out causing the seat back to detach or fall back. The small parts also cause a choking hazard. There have been 145 reports of problems with the caps and screws along with about 10 injuries. Model numbers affected are: 3001395, 3001395A, 3001604, 3001700, 3001713, 3001713A, 3001730A, 3001732, 3001733, 3001742, 3001742A, 3001756, 3001821A, 3001840A, 3001845, 30011848, 3001852, 3001932, 3002719 and 3003845 manufactured between Jan. 2007 and Dec. 2008. Call Evenflo for a repair kit at 800-233-5921 or register for the recall at the company's Web site.

What's Inside? Soft Toy Boxes

What's Inside? Soft Toy Boxes
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The What's Inside? Soft Toy Box contains several soft toys including a purple butterfly. The head of this butterfly can detach and pose a choking hazard. You can call the company at 800-428-4414 or fill out a form on their Web site to get a free replacement butterfly. None of the other toys in the set are affected. These toys were sold in their Toys to Grow On catalog from Sept. 2008 through Feb. 2009.

Pistachios from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc.

Much like the peanut and peanut butter recall, this is another nut recall involving salmonella that started out with just a few products and has expanded to include all pistachios from this company grown in 2008. The number of products being recalled that contain these pistachios is increasing every day and the FDA has set up another searchable database for consumers. Another group has set up a Web site that lists firms who are using potentially safe pistachios that don't come from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. So, if you have a product in question, you might check both places to be sure.

Peanut Products from Peanut Corportation of America

There are a lot of products containing peanut butter that have been recalled because of salmonella contamination. These products were made from peanuts or paste that came from the Peanut Corporation of America. So many products have been recalled, the FDA set up a search function for consumers. UPDATE: Even with the search function available, though, keep in mind that now, months later, companies are still pulling their goods from store shelves. That means something you searched for this morning could be on the recall list tonight. Bottom line: A wait-and-see strategy could prevent an illness.

Aqua-Leisure Recalls Inflatable Baby Floats

Aqua-Leisure Recalls Inflatable Baby Floats
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There are a lot of different inflatable floaties in this recall and the dates go back to 2002 so be sure to check the full list. I was surprised to see my son's personal favorite -- the Deluxe Toddler Racer (pictured here) -- on the list. The problem? According to the CPSC, "The leg straps in the seat of the float can tear, causing children to unexpectedly fall into or under the water, posing a risk of drowning." Now, I hope that parents aren't using this and then going far enough out of reach that this type of injury could happen in the first place since no device like this is meant to keep your child from drowning, intact leg straps or not. Contact Aqua-Leisure at 866-807-3998 or visit their Web site for refund information.

More Simplicity Drop Side Cribs Recalled

Simplicity Cribs Recalled
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This recall is an expansion of a previous recall that involved the death of an 8-month-old who, according to the CPSC, "became entrapped and suffocated between the drop side and the crib mattress when a plastic connector on the drop side broke."

This recall covers cribs with a "newer" or different style of plastic hardware than those in the previous recall from 2007. The recalled model numbers are: 8050, 8325, 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8765, 8778, 8810, and 8994, 8995, 8996, but there may be others as well. Be on the lookout for a flexible plastic tab at the top of the lower tracks. Simplicity is out of business but stores are offering refunds and credits so contact the store where you purchased the crib for more information.

LaJobi Recalls Cribs

LaJobi Recalls Bonavita Cabana Drop Side Cribs
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Bonavita Cabana Drop Side Cribs from LaJobi (pictured here) are being recalled because the crib slats can detach and pose a strangulation hazard. They were sold at USA Baby, Beautiful Beginnings, Buy Buy Baby and other specialty stores from Jan. 2006 through May 2009 for around $450. The company is offering replacement side rails, so if you have this crib, stop using it and contact the company at 866-688-9009 or visit their Web site to find out how to get yours.

The same company is also recalling their Babi Italia Pinehurst and Bonavita Hudson Drop Side cribs because of a problem with the spring pins on the footboard and headboard. For the latter cribs, professional technicians will be dispatched to repair the cribs.

Bugaboo Recalls Strollers

Bugaboo Stroller Recall Due to Brake Failure
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About 22,000 Bugaboo strollers are being recalled due to brake failure. While there have been no injuries, there have been 121 reported cases of the brakes failing. This recall includes model numbers 580210 and 50100. To get a repair kit, visit Bugaboo's Web site and fill out this form or call 800-460-2922.

Build-a-Bear Workshop Recalls Folding Toy Beach Chairs

Build-a-Bear Toy Chair Recalled
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These chairs are toy beach chairs meant to hold stuffed animals. There are a few different styles included in the recall as well as the pictured stripe design here. About 260,000 chairs were sold at Build-a-Bear workshops (at stores and online) from March 2001 to Oct. 2008. If a child's fingers are caught in the chair while folding, it can cause bruising, pinching or cuts. Eight injuries have been reported thus far. If you return the chair to a Build-a-Bear store, you'll receive a store credit or you can call 866-236-5683 if you're unable to return the chair.

Eddie Bauer Play Yards with Rocking Bassinets Recalled

Eddie Bauer Play Yards with Bassinet Attachment Recalled
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According to the CPSC, "The play yard's rocking bassinet attachment can tilt even when secured by straps in the non-rocking mode or can stay tilted without returning to a level sleeping surface while in the rocking mode, causing an infant to roll to the corner or side of the bassinet. The infant can then become wedged in the corner or pressed against the side or bottom of the bassinet, posing a risk of suffocation or positional asphyxiation."

Target, Sears, and Burlington Coat Factory (as well as certain online outlets) sold it from Jan. 2008 through May 2009 for around $150. Dorel Juvenile Group says you can continue to use the Play Yard without the bassinet attachment. They are also offering $40 credit toward a new Dorel product.

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