According to a report released by the non-profit organization Kids in Danger (KID), children’s product recalls were down in 2012, but there was an increase injuries and deaths.
KID believes that recalls are down due to new safety regulations for children’s products, but urge further analysis to understand why so many injuries (up 42%) and deaths (up 200%) are occurring before manufacturers finally recall a product.
Some additional findings from the KID report:
- Nearly one-third of the recalls (31%) were for nursery products designed for use with infants and toddlers.
- One product, the Flexible Flyer Swing Set, had 1,232 reported incidents before a recall alerted consumers to its dangers.
- Five deaths involved the Nap Nanny Chill infant recliner. Other products implicated in deaths were crib tents, travel beds, strollers, and an inflatable water slide which killed an adult.
- Sleep environment products continue to pose a significant hazard, with 7 deaths related to these types of consumer goods.