Child product manufacturers seek to soften safety rules because every day children are hurt, maimed or killed by dangerous products. Even the cribs in which they sleep can be a danger. There have been multiple reports of strangulation and suffocation of babies sleeping in drop side cribs. Specifically, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has urged parents and caregivers that full size and portable drop down cribs with the brand names Generation 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” to stop using those cribs immediately. Both cribs have been recalled.
The cribs plastic hardware can break which can cause the drop side of the crib to detach from a corner of the crib. When the drop side detaches, it creates a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped. That entrapment causes a risk of suffocation or strangulation. In addition, the crib’s mattress support can detach from the crib frame, creating a hazardous space in which an infant or toddler could become entrapped and suffocate or strangle.
A child’s rattle can be a source of danger. In February the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of the Kid O Products Baby Rattle due to a choking hazard. The recall involved the Prisma and Duo style wooden baby rattle with multi-colored beads. The rattle was shaped like a bell with a loop handle. It measured about 3 ¾ inches long. It had been sold nation wide and costs $12.
Despite the dangers associated with Child Products, manufactures want less rather than more safety regulations. They specifically are trying to scale back laws which would require third party testing to determine the safety and lead content of the products they sell for use by children.
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