Major Baby Gear Recalls of 2017
Not to pressure you into a second round of babyproofing, but as you prepare for a fresh start in 2018, it’s worth taking inventory of the baby gear in your home. In spite of the rigid safety standards for baby and toddler gear, a few reported incidents of loose snaps or faulty harnesses are enough to earn a product a recall.
While the Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) features a complete list of 2017 recalls, we narrowed it down to a list of popular baby and child brands parents are most likely to actually own. And each recall here extends to a minimum of 25,000 products.
Amount recalled: 676,000
Reason for recall: When used as a travel system, the stroller’s damaged receiver mount can cause a seat to disengage, posing a fall hazard.
Models affected: Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion Strollers with Click & Go receivers (see specific model numbers)
What to do if you own one: Contact Britax at [email protected] or 844-227-0300 for a free repair kit.
Amount recalled: 540,000
Reason for recall: The plastic seat can crack and pose a fall hazard.
Model affected: 615573
What to do if you own one: Contact Little Tikes online at www.littletikes.com or at 855-284-1903 for information about brand credit.
Amount recalled: 25,000
Reason for recall: The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says the harness may not adequately restrain a child in the event of a crash.
Models affected: 871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, 1794334
What to do if you own one: While Graco will contact you to offer a free replacement harness if you’ve registered the seat, you can also call customer service at 1-800-345-4109.
Amount recalled: 207,000
Reason for recall: A clip can detach, posing a choking hazard.
Models affected: B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite and BOB B-Safe 35 (see specific model numbers here)
What to do if you own one: Britax plans on notifying owners of registered seats and will provide free kits with step-by-step instructions and a more durable replacement clip. You can contact Britax with more questions at 833-474-7016.
Amount recalled: 28,000
Reason for recall: The leg bracket can break, posing a fall hazard.
Models affected: See here.
What to do if you own one: Contact Delta at at [email protected] or 800-377-3777 for a free repair.
Amount recalled: 130,000
Reason for recall: The USB wall power adapter can break and pose an electrical shock hazard.
Models affected: Owl and elephant
What to do if you own one: Contact Skip Hop at [email protected] or 888-282-4674 for instructions on returning the USB power adapter with a prepaid shipping label and receiving a free repair kit in exchange.
Amount recalled: 3.6 million
Reason for recall: The plastic over the graphics, which include cars, construction scenes, giraffes, princesses, superheroes and more can bubble and peel, posing a choking hazard.
Models affected: Playtex Bowls 3 pack and 6 pack, Playtex Plates 2 pack and 4 pack, Playtex Toddler Mealtime Set, Playtex Plate Single Pack, Playtex Bowl Single Pack, Playtex DC Super Friends Bowls 3pk, Playtex DC Super Friends Plates 2pk, Playtex DC Super Friends Mealtime Set
What to do if you own one: Fill out a form for a full refund.
Amount recalled: 519,052
Reason for recall: Company testing discovered that when seats are installed forward-facing using a lap belt without the top tether (a strap that connects the top of a car seat to a vehicle’s tether anchor) children over 65 pounds have a higher risk of chest injury.
Models affected: Radian R100, Radian R120, Radian RXT, Olympia, Pacifica, Rainier
What to do if you own one: Diono will notify owners of registered seats, sending a free repair kit with an energy absorbing pad and a new chest clip. Parents with questions can call Diono at 855-463-4666.
Amount recalled: 63,000
Reason for recall: The motor that allows the seat to bounce, sway, vibrate and make sounds can overheat.
Models affected: CMR35, CMR36, CMR37, DYH22, CMR39
What to do if you own one: Contact Fisher-Price at 800-432-5437 or via www.service.mattel.com for a full refund.
Amount recalled 7,000 tons
Reason for recall: Potential of salmonella contamination
Note: While it made headlines stateside, this recall is from a French company that likely exported powder formula to Britain, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sudan—not the US.