You’d think by now that manufacturers of baby clothing could get it right. But for some reason (most likely cost reduction) companies that make infants and young children’s clothing continue to add buttons, plastic or silk flowers, strings and other assortments of decorations that can either fall off and be ingested or strangle a child.
I’ve noticed that the majority of these items are made in China and make their way to the U.S. to be sold at large department store chains.
I’m guessing the penalty of a recall is more cost effective than making the product correctly in the first place because there are hundreds of these recalls every year.
In fact, I could post nothing but infant and children recall products and fill a year’s worth of articles without ever touching on any other topics.
Whether a parent or caregiver has bought a particular recall product or not I think it’s important to remind them that all infants and young children’s clothing should be mindfully examined before purchasing. Look at the construction and danger possibility of what the added adornments can cause if they come loose. Buy your baby products based on structural integrity and not just because they are cute. I’d also give it a more thorough examination if it were made in China.
This recall involves Babies R Us HALO SleepSacks. The recalled products are wearable blankets that are 100% white cotton and come with pink-edged ruffles and a pink satin rose embellishment on the front. These sack-shaped wearable blankets have cutouts for the baby’s arms, a zipper down the center, a sewn bottom and were sold in small and medium sizes. Only SleepSack products with GPU numbers 2701, 2781, 2886, 2887, 3007, 3035 and 3142 printed on a neck label under the primary neck label are included in the recall.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received six reports of the petals detaching from the blankets including one report of an infant found gagging on a detached petal.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the wearable blankets and contact HALO Innovations for a pre-paid envelope containing instructions to remove and return the flower and order a free replacement product.
Consumers should immediately stop using the wearable blankets and contact HALO Innovations for a pre-paid envelope containing instructions to remove and return the flower and order a free replacement product.
Sold exclusively at: Babies R Us and www.babiesrus.com from December 2011 through July 2013 for about $25. They are manufactured in China.
Whether you own this product or not, it doesn’t hurt to take a close look at your baby’s clothing and stuffed toys to make sure that everything is sewn on tightly.