New Product Recalls: Drop Side Cribs, Wooden Table Toys, and Brushcutters

Shermag has recalled for repair, three models of their cribs due to due to potential entrapment, suffocation and fall hazards. While there have been no reports of injury, the Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC) and Shermag are aware of twenty-one incidents involving drop-sides that have failed or detached. According to the CPSC, the drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break or fail, and allow the side to detach from the crib. If and when this occurs, a hazardous gap can be created between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress. It is possible for infants and toddlers to become entrapped, as well as poses a risk for suffocation and strangulation. Additionally, children can fall out of the crib when the drop-side rail falls or detaches from the crib. These cribs were sold between September 2004 and December 2008, and could have been purchased from The Land of Nod or other baby specialty stores. Consumer are instructed to stop using these cribs immediately and contact the firm to request a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop-side.

It was a unanimous vote by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in December of 2010 that lead to the ban on the manufacture, sale and resale of the drop-side cribs, after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers over the past ten years. Though the ban went into effect in June of this year, many of these cribs can still be found in homes today.

Next to be recalled this week, Musical Wooden Table Toys by Battat. These toy table have green painted surfaces, with colorful instruments affixed to the top. The instruments on the table include a xylophone, cymbal, drum and two drumsticks. The recall has been issued after the CPSC and Battat received nine reports of loose and/or detached pegs. The small pegs on the xylophone toy can loosen and detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. No injuries have been reported, and consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Battat to receive a free replacement product.

Yesterday, we informed you of two other childrens’ toys to be recalled this week, as one posed a choking hazard, and one had concerns regarding excessive levels of lead paint.

Lastly, Husqvarna Professional Products has recalled their RedMax brushcutter / trimmer as it poses a fire hazard. It is possible for the fuel tanks to allow leakage at the fuel cap, posing a fire hazard to consumers, though there have been no reports of injury or fire. The affected brushcutter / trimmer is a RedMax model TR2350S. The recalled brushcutters have shaft serial numbers ranging from 10215377 to 10625892, and engine serial numbers ranging from 10115390 to 10425910. The model number and shaft serial number are located on a label on the shaft, halfway between the trimmer head and the engine. The engine serial number is located on the bottom of engine between the two screws that secure fuel tank to the engine.