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The most dangerous baby products?

The most dangerous baby products?


by Terri Gruca

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Posted on October 4, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Baby products account for thousands of injuries and deaths every year.

As a result of that, each year the Consumer Product Safety Commission releases information on how many deaths and injuries have been caused by child products. The latest figures are from 2008 and show the biggest problems are with cribs. Most of those are due to the fact that the items are so old they no longer meet current safety standards.

Below I’ll show you how to keep on top of product recalls.

CPSC injury and death data 2008
Product Injuries Deaths
Strollers/Carriages 12,400


Infant carriers/car seats 11,700 8
Cribs, bassinets, cradles 11,500 11
High Chairs 10,300 1
Walkers/Jumpers 3,600 2
Changing tables 3,300 1
Baby gates/barriers 2,200 1
Bouncer seats 2,200 1
Play yards/playpens 1,400 11
Portable baby swings 1,600 1
Bath seats unknown 12
Other 3,800 2
Total 63,700 82

It's tough for parents to find reliable products because the government doesn't test products before they end up in stores. But there are a few good resources for parents and those expecting to help you make smart choices.

Baby Bargains is a terrific book that is printed every year. It relies on parents input on products as well as the folks who work for the organization to come up with its list of products and the rankings each year.

Consumer Reports is another great resource, however many times to read the full list of information you have to become a member.

Kids in Danger is another non profit that tracks injuries.

And finally look for the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association certification. This means a product has met certain performance standards. Right now there are more than 2,000 products in 20 different categories. In order to maintain the label the manufacturer must test each model at least once a year.

You can always sign up to receive e-mails about the latest baby product recalls here.

And you can find all of the recalls for products, food and cars here.