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Baby Items and Accessories Recalls

Baby Items and Accessories Recalls

When you’re buying products for your little one, safety always comes first. But although meticulous regulations and certification procedures should keep any unsuitable items out of the market, sometimes the faults show only when it’s too late, and recall is the only option left.

If you want to make sure that these faulty or dangerous items didn’t accidentally make it to your nursery, check out our fresh list of the baby items and accessories recalls you might want to know about.

First, let’s briefly discuss the recalls in general.

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Baby Items and Accessories Recalls: Why it Happens?

A recall is a specific situation when a particular, already approved product is withdrawn from the market. Besides taking it off the store shelves, the consumers who already bought the product are asked to return it to the producer for a replacement, repair, or refund.

What are the most common reasons for baby items and accessories recalls?

1. Factory or Material Faults

Occasionally, despite thorough pre-approval testing, products show their constructional weaknesses only once they’ve already reached the market. Sometimes these faults result in a short duration of the product (which a user can resolve under the common warranty schemes). Still, occasionally, these faults can even pose a danger to the health or life of your baby.

Of course, such hazards are taken very seriously, and all the affected products (and sometimes also different but constructionally similar products) are immediately recalled.

2. Violated Limits of Chemical Substance

Baby items and accessories are, in general, made of the safest available materials, but it is not always possible to avoid some potentially harmful substances entirely.

These can include, for example, lead, which is commonly present in some types of paint. Although the US authorities banned these types of paint long ago, they are still widely used in other countries. Products recalled for lead presence are usually imported from Asia.

3. Indirect (circumstantial) Reasons

Sometimes, the recalled product itself does not pose any specific threat to the kids due to its construction or composition, but it might become dangerous in combination with other external factors or patterns of use.

For example, a mattress can be recalled if it, in interaction with the most commonly used sizes of cribs, leaves too wide a gap at the sides, posing a threat of a baby getting stuck. Although it might not be entirely fair to the otherwise flawless mattress, safety comes first.

Sometimes products can also be recalled when some official standards, limitations, or pediatric recommendations change. Although the product complied with all the requirements at its release, now it doesn’t.

Now let’s move on to the most recently recalled baby items you should know about.

Baby Items and Accessories Recalls 2022

Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat

Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat

On January 29th, 2022, the popular Little Lounger rocking seat by Graco was recalled in response to a series of incidents involving similar inclining loungers. In several cases fatal due to suffocation, these incidents involved infants rolling accidentally from their backs to stomaches.

Although there are no reports of incidents directly connected to this specific product, the producer took a proactive approach and pulled all Little Loungers off the market.

How Many Products are Affected?

Officially, more than 111,000 units of this seat were sold in the United States, plus approximately 1,800 more in Mexico.

What Can You Do?

If you own the lounger in question, contact Graco (toll-free) at 800-345-4109 (8 AM to 5 PM on Business days.) Alternatively, search Recall Information online at www.gracobaby.com.

Remedy

All owners can return their Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat for a full refund.

Related Recalls:

The following inclining rocking seats were also preventively recalled in relation to the same incidents and risk of suffocation:

  • Summer Infant SwaddleMe By Your Bed Inclined Sleepers [2022]
  • Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper Inclined Sleepers [2022]
  • Delta Enterprise Corp. Incline Sleepers for Newborns (various types) [2022]
  • Boppy Original Newborn Loungers [2021]

Alternatives

If you’re looking for a safe rocking lounger for your little one, here are a few great alternatives:

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Stokke Clikk High Chair

Stokke Clikk High Chair

On April 7, 2022, Stokke, one of the best-renowned producers of baby furniture and accessories, announced a recall of its Clikk high chair. It turned out that the white plastic seat on this feeding chair can accidentally break, posing some fall and injury risks to small kids.

Although the number of reported incidents was relatively small and only resulted in minor bruising, Stokke took a proactive step to withdraw all Clikk chairs with item number 552104 and a serial number ranging from 135AA0057070 to 135AA0057908.

How Many Products are Affected?

Approximately 850 units in both US and Canada.

What Can You Do?

Immediately stop using the high chair and contact Stokke via their websitehttps://www.stokke.com.

Remedy

Stokke will exchange your faulty Clikk chair for an improved yet identically looking replacement.

Related Recalls:

Here are some other high chairs that were recalled in the recent years for similar reasons:

  • Nuna Baby Essentials High Chairs [2016] (fall hazard)
  • Safety 1st Decor Wood Highchair [2015] (detachable tray posed a threat of falling)
  • Dream On Me Dinah High Chairs [2014] (risk of slip and strangulation)

Alternatives

These safe high chairs can serve you much better:

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CYBEX Sirona M Convertible Child Car Seat

Car seats should keep our babies safe from harm, so their 100% compliance with all the requirements and standards is crucial. Sometimes, sadly, even these products fail and can potentially endanger small kids.

On May 9th, 2022, all the known owners of CYBEX Sirona M were sent a recall notice due to the identified choking hazard caused by the foam in this seat’s headrest. Some 15 cases of injury were officially reported, but the investigation is still ongoing, so this might not be the final count.

How Many Products are Affected?

The recall relates to about 20,000 car seats produced from November 3, 2017, to August 31, 2018.

What Can You Do?

If you own this car seat, stop using it immediately and contact Cybex at 1-877-242-5676 for more details on further proceedings.

Remedy

The company plans to distribute repair kits to prevent kids from reaching the problematic foam inside the cushion.

Related Recalls:

Other recalled car seats include the following:

  • Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Convertible Car Seat [2021] (choking hazard)
  • Baby Jogger City Go Infant Car Seat [2016] (non-compliant labeling)
  • Britax Advocate 70 G3 [2022] (pads posing potential choking hazard)
  • Britax Chaperone infant car seats [2010] (laceration/choking hazard)

Alternatives

If you’re looking for a safe car seat for your baby, you have plenty of alternative options:

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Babyganics 20oz Chamomile Verbena Bubble Bath

Babyganics Chamomile Verbena is a non-allergic tear-free bubble bath with a pleasant natural scent and lovely pink octopus design. However, if you find it on your shelf, you should put it away immediately, as it might reportedly harm your baby.

Recall notice released on19 April 2022 states that two lots of this bubble bath may contain bacteria Pluralibacter gergoviae that could be potentially dangerous for some smaller kids, causing respiratory problems, fever, weakness, nausea, and vomiting.

How Many Products are Affected?

The exact number of affected products is unknown. The recall only concerns products from lots Y314 and Y315 sold only for two months before being recalled.

What Can You Do?

Babyganics has a dedicated health & safety team available 24/7 at 833-359-6304. Contact them and report owning a recalled product. Contact your doctor immediately if you’ve already used the product and your baby shows signs of illness or discomfort.

Remedy

The company will refund all the recalled products.

Related Recalls:

Here are some other recalled baby cosmetics:

  • Johnson’s Baby Powder [2019] (contains traces of asbestos)
  • Huggies Thick Baby Wet Wipes Tropical [2021] (bacterial contamination)
  • Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion [2012] (bacterial contamination)

Alternatives

Try some of the following bubble baths instead of the recalled Babyganics products:

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Mushie & Co FRIGG Silicone Pacifiers

FRIGG Silicone Pacifiers

Pacifiers serve the tiniest newborns who are helpless in case of any accidents, so assuring they are 100% safe is crucial. Unfortunately, that is not the case with the stylish Mushie & Co’s FRIGG silicone pacifier.

On January 12th, this pacifier was officially recalled due to the self-detaching silicone nipple posing a hazard of choking. The manufacturer acted upon 200+ reports from users all over the world. Luckily, no one reported injury.

How Many Products are Affected?

Approximately 333,725 customers both these faulty Danish pacifiers.

What Can You Do?

If you own this pacifier, immediately stop using it and call Mushie & Co (toll-free) at 877-687-4431 (standard business hours Monday through Friday) or email them at [email protected]

Remedy

The producer will fully refund all the submitted pacifiers.

Related Recalls:

Watch out for some other recalled pacifiers:

  • 3 Little Birds BIBS Baby’s Dummy [2019] (choking hazard)
  • Fred and Friends Infant Pacifiers [2014]

Alternatives

Here are some safe pacifiers you can buy instead of the recalled products above:

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Bebe au Lait Recalls Teethers

Bebe au Lait Recalls Teethers

Thousands of Bebe au Lait wooden teethers were recalled on February 23, 2022, due to their choking hazard if the string holding the wooden beads suddenly unties. This is gravely serious since this product is for the smallest babies, and they put it directly into their mouths.

These wooden teethers come in 12 different styles, including Dinosaur teether, Heart & Flower teether, Owl teether, Starfish teether, etc. If you have any of them, make sure to return them as soon as possible.

How Many Products are Affected?

The recall concerns about 8,600 teethers sold in both US and Canada. You can recognize the affected products by bearing either of the following codes: 02-2019, 10-2020, or 03-2021

What can you do?

First of all, immediately take the teether away from your child and keep it out of their reach. Fill out a form at www.bebeaulait.com/recall or call 800-270-9398 (8 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday) to initiate the return process.

Remedy

Bebe au Lait offers a full refund or store credit.

Related recalls:

Some other teethers and related products that were also recalled in the recent years:

  • Dr. Brown’s Lovey Pacifier and Teether Holders [2018] (detaching straps)
  • Battat B. toys Firefly Frank Infant Teethers [2021] (breaking wing elements)
  • Hallmark Wooden Teether Rings [2021] (breaking wooden parts)

Alternatives

Looking for a safe teether? Check these alternatives:

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Maison Battat Walk ‘n’ Learn Activity Walker

Maison Battat Walk ‘n’ Learn Activity Walker

Maison Battat’s wooden Walk ‘n’ Learn activity walker was recalled onMarch 16, 2022, after the company received multiple reports of the wheels detaching from the product. One of the incidents even involved a toddler putting a loosened metal nut in the mouth.

The activity walkers in question were usually sold in Target or over the internet (e.g., via Amazon). You can recognize them by the yellow sides and blue handle and wheels.

How many products are affected?

The producer reportedly sold about 17,200 affected walkers in the US and additional 2,400 products in Canada.

What can you do?

Do not let your kid use the walker, and immediately contact the producer at [email protected] or 1-844-963-2479 (9 AM – 4:30 PM Monday to Friday).

Remedy

Maison Battat sends out free repair kits along with detailed instructions on how you can fix the loosened wheels on the walker at home.

Related recalls:

Some other toddler walkers that were recalled recently:

  • BebeLove™ Baby Walkers [2014] (product did not meet safety standards)
  • Zeno Infant Walker [2022] (risk of fall and entrapment)
  • Baby Trend Activity Walkers [2022] (risk of fall and injury)

Alternatives

If you need a new walker for your little one, here are some safe recommendations:

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Important Older Baby Items and Accessories Recalls [2020-2021]

While large and expensive items can usually be successfully recalled quickly (their owners are often officially registered and easy to locate), recalls of smaller items can be much more complicated.

Sometimes, people can use faulty (and dangerous!) items for several years after the recall announcement because they simply miss the information. That’s why I have decided to enhance this article with a few older recalls of hazardous products sold in thousands of pieces.

Check if you don’t own any of the following:

Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles

Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles

In August 2019, Contigo, a famous producer of top-quality drinkware, announced a recall of its bestselling cleanable water bottles for kids. It was a reaction to hundreds of reports on detaching silicone lids and spouts on the bottles, which could pose a choking hazard to the smallest kids.

Next year, onFebruary 19, 2020, Contigo announced another recall on the same products, this time focusing directly on the products distributed as replacements for the previously recalled bottles. Again, users reported more than 400 incidents involving detaching lids and spouts.

How many products are affected?

The recall concerns more than 5.7 million bottles sold in the U.S., 157,000 distributed across Canada, and 28,000 products in Mexico. According to the producer, all the bottles in question have black colored spout base.

What can you do?

First of all, immediately take the affected bottle away from your kids to avoid any possible incident. Next, contact Contigo at 0044- 800 169 4080.

Remedy

Contigo replaces all the affected bottles for free.

Related recalls:

Here is a list of a few other children’s bottle recalls you might want to know about:

  • GSI Outdoors Children’s Water Bottles [2016] (violated lead standards)
  • Pottery Barn Avengers/Darth Vader Themed Water Bottles [2015] (violated lead standards)

Alternatives

Planned to buy Contigo’s recalled water bottle? Consider these alternatives:

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Walgreens Disney’s Baby Winnie the Pooh Rattle Set

Walgreens Disney's Baby Winnie the Pooh Rattle Set

Rattles are usually the first toys your little one will play with – babies just love the combination of rattling sounds, cheerful colors, and different textures these toys provide. But if the rattle falls apart, it can pose a severe threat to your baby’s health or even life.

Popular Disney’s Baby Winnie the Pooh rattles sold in a set of three were recalled onJuly 14, 2021, because of the detaching components. Check if you don’t have this faulty toy at home too.

How many products are affected?

More than 54,000 units.

What can you do?

Walgreens accepts recall submissions at 800-925-4733 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Alternatively, contact the company online at www.walgreens.com.

Remedy

The producer offers full refunds on all affected products.

Related recalls:

Here’s a quick list of some other rattles you should stop using immediately:

  • Kids II Oball Rattles [2017] (choking hazard)
  • Manhattan Toy Quixel Baby Rattle [2013] (some parts might break into tiny particles)
  • PlayMonster Kid O Hudson Glow Rattles [2022] (choking hazard)

Alternatives

Try some of the following safe rattles instead:

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Infantino Ergonomic Baby/Infant Carriers

infantino carrier

On February 6, 2020, Infantino’s Go Forward 4-in-1, Flip Front2back, and Up Close infant carriers were recalled due to the risk of breaking buckles, possibly resulting in falls and severe injuries to your baby.

Thankfully, the producer discovered this weakness before any incidents or injuries were reported. If you own this carrier or know anyone who does, this certainly should not be underestimated. The carriers in question all come from Lot 2018 and bare product codes 0619 or 0719.

How many products are affected?

Approximately 14,000 carriers with faulty buckles were sold before the fault was discovered.

What can you do?

Call Infantino at 800-840-4916 (8 t 4 PM Monday through Friday) or email the company’s customer services at [email protected]

Remedy

If you return your faulty carrier, Infantino will immediately provide you with a revised replacement.

Related recalls:

Check whether you don’t have any of the other baby carriers since they too were recently recalled:

  • Osprey Child Backpack Carriers [2017] (hazard of fall)
  • Lenny Lamb Buckle Onbu Baby Carrier [2016] (missing stitches result in a risk of fall)
  • Twin Go Original Baby Carrier for Twins [2016] (breaking buckle – fall hazard)

Alternatives

If you’re planning to buy an infant carrier for your baby, here are a few safe alternatives:

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Baby Items and Accessories Recalls: FAQs

Question: How do I know if my baby items and accessories are safe?

Answer: In general, any product you find on the shelf of your local store in the U.S. should be perfectly safe for your baby, as it must comply with various standards and requirements.
For example, all toys for children under 14 years of age must comply with ASTM F963-11, a set of safety requirements including limits on harmful substances, stability, cleanliness, and other factors.

Nevertheless, checking the recall lists of baby products (like this one) regularly can assure you that none of the items you have already bought can be considered dangerous or harmful.

Question: Can I keep a baby item or accessory despite the recall?

Answer: No one can force you to return an item that was recalled. But even if your product does not show any signs of the issue causing the recall, keeping it and using it is risky and unnecessary. All recalls involve either a full refund or free replacement, so returning a recalled item will not cost you a thing.

Question: How do I get a refund in case of a baby item or accessory recall?

Answer: Usually, producers have a separate phone line or email address for the customers who want to submit a recalled item. In most cases, you will be offered a full refund for a recalled item immediately, but on some occasions, a producer can provide repair or replacement of the product instead.

Question: What are the consequences of a baby item recall?

Answer: Numerous previously popular and acclaimed companies have lost their prestige and reputation due to the recalled items from their portfolio. Especially in cases of severe incidents, including infant injury or death, customers tend to avoid such a brand. In some cases, producers of faulty or dangerous products may even be sued by the customers in court for negligence.

Conclusion: How Much Should You Worry When Your Baby Item Gets Recalled?

Even though five years have already passed since the event, I can still clearly recall the anxiety I felt when my little one’s high chair was recalled. My imagination instantly bombarded me with the worst scenarios that could have happened. Then came the guilt that I should have researched the product more thoroughly or invested in a better brand.

But now, after researching dozens of recalls for BabySwag, I understand that these situations are much more common than parents usually think. So, if you have just discovered your baby item or accessory in my recall list, DO NOT PANIC.

The most important thing is that your baby was not harmed or injured. Moreover, you also have a chance to return your faulty item in exchange for a brand new, upgraded, and meticulously tested product – or get your money back.

If you want to avoid buying a faulty or dangerous product again, make sure that you check our website regularly, as we update our recall lists often. Be particularly careful if you’re buying secondhand items, as these have the greatest chance of avoiding official recalls.

Last but not least, inspect your baby items regularly to make sure that they look and work as they should, not showing any signs of deterioration. After all, without careful and attentive parents like us, many faulty items would never be discovered and recalled.

Other Baby Recalls to Watch

Check out some of our other regularly updated lists of recalled baby products: