As a new parent, I am an over-purchaser of baby goods. I’ll try most toys/wipes/food if I hear from someone else that it helped their baby. I’m a sucker for developmental and musical toys. Pumkpin has a particular love for any toy that plays music or lets her make music with it. The problem with using or being open to trying all these products is you have to keep an eye out for if there are any recalls.
Most baby products, like a stroller or exersaucer come with product registration cards. It’s always a good idea to turn these cards in. The cards tell them how to contact you in the event of a recall. But I have yet to be contacted by one. While Graco is allowing SnugRide 40 customers to request a new seat belt buckle, it’s not part of an official recall, so they don’t have to go out and notify us.
It’s important to stay on top of product recalls, because it can safe a life. One might think it’s an overwhelming, never-ending task, but below are three ways to make staying on top of recalls incredibly easy.
Here are my top 3 ways of staying on top of product recalls:
Safe Kids Worldwide
This is one of my favorite services. Their entire mission is to keep kids safe. It’s all about educating children and parents and preventing accidents. You can visit their Product Recalls webpage and sign up for email notifications. The emails are not overbearing. Here is what a sample recall looks like:
3/19/2014 CPSC: Vera Bradley is voluntarily recalling bear ring rattles because the pom-pom can detach, posing a choking risk to children. Units: about 98,000
Their Product recall page allows you to search by product, brand or time period. I mostly get emails from them about the latest recalls. The detail page on a recall gives a ton of clear information in a nice, easy to read layout.
I feel like I hear about this information more on Facebook, but I usually try and spread word of recalls on Twitter as well using #recall #baby #toddler #mom depending on the product. It’s important that we all help to spread the word about recalls since it’s pretty rare to hear about a recall on the news. Once I signed up for the emails, I was amazed at the amount of information on recalls that I never knew before.
It’s important for all of us to stay informed and to help each other be aware. Recalls are created to help protect the consumer and it only works if the consumer can be reached. It’s strange given the amount of recalls I see per day, that the government isn’t taking a better look at why there are so many product defects. Is it manufacturing cheaply overseas? Is it lack of quality control? We, as consumers, need to be proactive and be involved in order to push for change. To push for higher safety standards.