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Safety Round Up - Latest Recalls & Kids Safety News - Outside The Box

Safety Round Up – Latest Recalls & Kids Safety News

  • 16th August 2012

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There is so much information out there regarding children’s safety and product recalls that it’s sometimes hard to keep up with it all.  That’s why I have decided to do a weekly post highlighting what’s happening in the ares of children’s (or other items relative to families) safety.

Latest Food Recalls:

For for information on all food related recalls please contact:
CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday) or visit CFIA

Spice Kingdom Dried Basil – August 15, 2012 – Salmonella risk
This item was sold in bulk to various outlets in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba

Highline Mushrooms and Compliments – White sliced mushrooms – August 13, 2012 Listeria risk
Specifically Highline UPC 7 71163 00005 2 and Compliments UPC 0 68820 10090 4

Undeclaired peanuts in prepackaged pine nuts – August 10, 2012
The list is too long to post here but you can see it here:  Pine Nut Peanut Alert

Product Recalls:

Babylicious Crib Fringes – August 16th

I’ve never heard of Crib Fringe and I honesty can’t believe it even exists.  Does this not just shout danger to you?  So, it comes as no surprise that this item is being recalled because it poses a strangulation hazard.  There were 300 (wow!) of these units sold in Canada from 2007-2012.

Consumers should stop using this product immediately and contact the company for a refund.  You can contact Babylicious at (855) 684-8399 or visit their website here :  Babylicious Recall Information

Recall – Bumbo Baby SeatsAugust 15, 2012

You’ve probably seen this one already since it’s been circulating pretty heavily on the internet.  The concern with the Bumbo seats is that babies arch their backs and  flip or maneuver out of the seats.  This is exactly why ours was only used a couple of times.  I never left my baby in it unattended, but even when I was right there beside her she was doing exactly that – arching her back and almost fallin out.

This is not the first time the Bumbo seat has been in the news for safety issues.  The seat itself hasn’t changed.  The previous warning were about not placing your child in the seat on a table or some place where the seat could tip over and injure the child.  That should seem like common sense but apparently it’s not.  However, even with that warning being drilled into parents there is still a safety issue with the Bumbo.  The latest strategy is to install a safety belt. I’m not sure why it’s taken so long so something so seemingly simple to finally be added to this seat.  You can’t buy a high chair or bouncy chair (which also sits on the floor) without a safety belt so I’m not sure how this one ever got to market without one.

Parents can call a toll free number to register their Bumbo seat and have a harness sent to them.  Please see this link for more information:  Bumbo recall information

Recall – Supercycle SC1800 Bicycles (sold at Canadian Tire) – August 15, 2012

This recall involves youth mountain bicycles sold exclusively at Canadian Tire retail stores. The recalled bicycles bear both Dorel Distribution Canada model number 04SC11XX and Canadian Tire model number 71-155X. Apparently their have been reports of the pedals on these bikes falling off which can result in a fall. The recalled products were sold from December 2011 to July 2012.

Consumers can take their bikes to the nearest Canadian Tire location for inspection and repair.  For more information you can visit the manufacturer’s website here:  Dorel Distribution Canada

Recall – Bunk bed by Monarch Specialities Inc.  – August 2, 2012

The wooden side rails that run from the headboard to the footboard and hold the bunk bed’s mattress in place can split and cause the bunk bed to collapse, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

There were 425 of these beds sold in Canada between 2009-2001.  Consumer who have this bed should immediately take it back to the place of purchase for a refund.  For more information, consumers may contact Monarch Specialities Inc. at 1 888 511-0784.

 Recall – Alex® Model 786X Little Jumpers Trampoline  – August 1, 2012

Their have been reports of the handle bar on this trampoline falling off which poses a fall hazard.  So far their have been no reports of injuries in Canada as a result.  The recalled products were sold from January to March 2012.

Parents should immediately stop using this product and contact the manufacturer for deatils on how to get a replacement trampoline.  You can call them at  1-800-666-ALEX (2539) or visit their website at:  Alex Toys

Recall – VAUDE Child Carriers Kenta and Kenta Plus July 31, 2012

 Due to an incorrectly sewn strap, the lateral load positioner could tear out under a heavy load, which would lead to less effective side stabilization. In the worst-case scenario, the child can fall out of the carrier leading to severe injuries. So far their have been no reports of injuries in Canada.

In Canada the effect carriers were sold between March 17, 2010 to April 14, 2012. These units were also sold in the US.

Consumers should immediately stop using the affected carriers and contact Sport Dinaco Inc. for a replacement product.  For more information, consumers may contact Sport Dinaco 1-514-636-8081 or 1-800-567-9503 or email them at:

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This article has 6 comments

  1. So many recalls! I knew about the peanuts one (because I get Anaphylaxis emails due to daughter's peanut allergy), but didn't hear about all the other ones, aside from the Bumbo seats :S

  2. wow… lots and lots of recalls lately!

  3. What an excellent post – full of so much info! I didn't know of most of these recalls, and it is so important to get this news out.

  4. This is a great post! Very informative! Luckily I don't have any of these. I did have a Bumbo. And that fringe, just WHY!!!?

  5. Great post. I posted about the bumbo seat as well. I got some flack on my facebook page and it's true that the problems are mostly from parents not thinking and using them on tables but really, they should have had a belt all along, I agree.

  6. What a great idea! I used to be on the recall list, but for some reason, they haven't sent me emails in a while. Thanks for getting the word out!

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