Many children's products in the U.S. are recalled every year. That is why it is important for parents to check and see if any of their child's products have been recalled as well as report any dangerous toys to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Consumers continue to face the risk of buying unsafe or dangerous toys this holiday season. That is why the U.S. federal officials are trying to keep hazardous toys manufactured in other countries from being sold in U.S. stores.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration launched an investigation of the largest U.S. Honda manufacturer after allegations surfaced that they have been selling unsafe motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes. The Honda dealership said they have sold ATVs and other vehicles to buyers in all 50 states so the findings of the investigation could be very critical to many Americans.
Federal law requires companies to report possible product defects to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as soon as possible. In the case of Perfect Fitness, the company that makes the Perfect Pullup exercise equipment, it failed to report any problems and was hit with a $425,000 fine in the process.
The American Academy of Pediatricians recently reversed itself on child safety guidelines that have been in place for several years. Doctors are now recommending to parents that children should remain in rear-facing child safety seats at least age two. The new recommendations also reinforce that children should be restrained in child safety seats with five-point harnesses that buckle across the child's shoulders, hips and between legs.
Last year, baby slings and wraps were the center of controversy after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued recalls for millions of the sling-styled carriers. As part of the product recall, parents were warned that improper use of these soft baby carriers could result in suffocation. The CPSC, with the mission of protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products, has monitored these parenting products for the past 20 years and identified serious risk associated with their use. Consistent with its mission, the federal agency has issued guidelines to help parents make smart and safe choices about baby slings and wraps.