As a new mom, all my baby gear was brand new. I received it at baby showers or as gifts. When I was pregnant with my second child, I wanted to use all of the same baby gear. But, I questioned whether all the items were completely safe. I inspected for wear and tear, but what more could I do?
ABC News recently reported that the oft-used Bumbo baby chair was actually recalled by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 5 years ago. The Bumbo baby chair was allowed to be sold on the market with only a few more warning labels, according to ABC News. CPSC is a government agency charged with investigating, keeping track of, and reporting on items, including baby equipment, that have been recalled for being unsafe.
Between birthdays, holidays, and every day gifts, you are constantly sifting through piles of products, gadgets, and gear for your kids. But sometimes it’s hard to take stock of what is safe and what has been recalled due to safety issues. Many children have suffered at the hands of a flawed product. For parents, the idea of using baby equipment that is recalled is upsetting.
How can you find out if the baby equipment you plan to use is safe and has not been recalled by the CPSC?
A newly launched app will help parents protect their children from dangerous products. The app — Recalls Plus:
- is designed for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch.
- requires iOS 4.0 or later.
- is free.
With the Recalls Plus app, you can:
- search for recalls by brand or category.
- create a personal watch list of items, for instance, car seats, cribs, strollers, etc.
- track any allergen related recalls.
- share recalls with others, for instance, your spouse, your child’s grandparents, the daycare provider or babysitter, etc.
- monitor recalls from all government agencies, including, CPSC, NHTSA, FDA, and USDA.
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