If it seems like this has been a busy year for baby-product recalls, you're right.
The latest came today, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that three Gund board books had been recalled because the Styrofoam used in the binding could come loose, causing a choking hazard. http://bit.ly/b7MdAg
The "Numbers," "Colors" and "Animals" mini-books have handles designed as rattles. Gund has received three reports of children mouthing Styrofoam from the books, but no injuries, a news release said.
About 15,000 books were sold in U.S. gift shops and specialty stores nationwide from January 2009 through March 2010, for about $8 and $20 for the set.
Consumers are advised to take the books away from young children immediately and contact Gund for a free replacement at (800) 436-3726 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the firm's Web site at www.gund.com
Last month, the commission announced recalls of two Infantino baby slings following three infant deaths from suffocation; and the Evenflo Top-of-Stair™ Plus Wood Gate, which has slats that can break or detach, posing a falling hazard to children.
The Chicago nonprofit Kids in Danger, www.kidsindanger.org, released a report last month saying nursery products were the most recalled children's products for the first time in 2009. Many of them were products used while children sleep, including several dropside cribs.
Overall recalls of children's products dipped slightly in 2009, to 143, but remained higher than any year prior to 2007, the report said. Fifteen manufacturers had more than one product recalled, and Dorel Juvenile Group and Evenflo Co. Inc. had five separate product recalls each.
The report called for continued improvement in government product safety standards, annual reports to Congress on recalls and their effectiveness, and more aggressive outreach by companies following a recall.
For more information on recalls and product safety, go to www.cpsc.gov