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Defective Cribs, Among Other Recalled Products Can Cause Serious Harm to Children in Palm Beach

Child product recalls are a dime a dozen these days so parents need to stay informed if they want to protect their children from severe injuries caused by defective products in Palm Beach or elsewhere in South Florida.

Macy’s Incorporated recently agreed to pay a $750,000 civil penalty for failure to report selling children’s outwear containing drawstrings according to news from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC has issued a drawstring safety rule for manufacturers of children’s outerwear clothing. Jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters and vest containing drawstrings in the neck or waist are considered a high risk for strangulation and hazardous to small children. Macy’s Inc. knowingly sold children’s outerwear garments with drawstrings from 2006-2010 and failed to report it to the CPSC within 24 hours.

Retailers, distributors and manufacturers are required by law to report products that are considered defective or hazardous, products that fail to comply with federal rules and standards or banned by the CPSC, or products known to present a risk of serious injury or death.

We frequently use our South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog as a method of updating parents and consumers about the most recent child product recalls. Fort Lauderdale child injury lawyers know that crib safety has been in the news a lot recently with over 11 million cribs being recalled since 2007.

The CPSC recently announced new federal requirements for A Safer Generation of Cribs. Starting in December 2012, compliance of new crib standards will be required by all Head Start centers and family child care homes, as well as hotels, motels and rental companies.

The CPSC has established the following new mandatory rules for crib safety, effective immediately:
-Improve safety testing by making it more laborious on products.
-Hardware affixed to the crib will be required to be more durable.
-Crib slats and mattress supports need to be strengthened.
-Drop-side cribs will soon be obsolete by not allowing them to be sold by retailers or produced by manufacturers.

“A safe crib is the safest place for a baby to sleep. It is for this reason that I am so pleased that parents, grandparents and caregivers now can shop with confidence and purchase cribs that meet the most stringent crib standards in the world,” said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

“From the start, our goal has been to prevent deaths and injuries to babies in cribs, and now the day has come where only stronger and safer cribs are available for consumers to purchase.”
Whether you are purchasing a new toy for your child or a new item of clothing, consumers are reminded to check the CPSC Recall List before you purchase any child product.

More Blog Entries:
Children at Risk for Severe Injury in Fort Lauderdale Stroller Accidents, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, June 24, 2011
Defective Product Injuries in South Florida a Holiday Risk, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, December 7, 2010

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