Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Parents Must be More Vigilant in Light of Growing Number of Crib Recalls

Topeka, Kan. – The recall of about 1 million Kolcraft play yards on July 8 was only the most recent in a series of crib, bassinet, and play yard recalls totaling almost 2.5 million units since the start of 2009. The large number of recalls for children’s sleeping products in the first half of 2009 is alarming, and parents must regularly check children’s products against the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall list to keep the sleeping environment as safe as possible.

“All parents should do two things immediately: check www.recalls.gov to make sure your child’s crib, bassinet or play yard has not been recalled and then sign up for the CPSC’s email list to be alerted to new recalls as they are announced,” said Cherie Sage, State Director of Safe Kids Kansas.

If a parent or caregiver is going to use a second-hand crib from a friend, relative, or yard sale, Safe Kids Kansas encourages them to first check and see if that model has been recalled for safety reasons. “The danger to infants and young children caused by recalled products is a danger that we as parents and child safety advocates can combat, at least partially, by increasing our own awareness.  Manufacturers of sleep environment products should also pay attention to the special durability needs of cribs, bassinets, and play yards,” adds Sage.

The crib, bassinet, and play yard units that have been recalled this year posed serious hazards for children including entrapment, suffocation, strangulation, fall, and asphyxiation. Sleep products included in recalls this year are:

“We want to avoid the situation where a child is injured or killed because a product wasn’t removed from their environment as soon as it was recalled,” said Sage. “Our hope is that once parents become more aware of the product recall system and how to obtain the most recent product safety information, tragic injuries and deaths caused by defective products can be avoided.”

For information on product recalls as well as tips on crib and sleep safety from Safe Kids USA, please visit www.usa.safekids.org and click on “product recalls.”

Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of over 70 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14.   Local coalitions and chapters are located in Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mitchell, Montgomery, Osage, Pottawatomie, Rice, Riley, Saline, Smith, Shawnee, Wilson and Woodson Counties, as well as the cities of Chanute, Emporia, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, the Wichita Area (including Butler, Harvey, Sumner and Sedgwick counties) and the Metro Kansas City Area (Wyandotte county and several Missouri counties.)  Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. The lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Visit us at www.safekidskansas.org.