Parents: How to stay alert to safety recalls for baby

Mother buckling baby in car seat

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)- You think you’ve picked the perfect crib, stroller or baby food maker until you see on the news that it’s recalled.  Now what?  What would have happened if you didn’t tune it?  How’s a parent supposed to stay on top of all of this “stuff”?!

Recalls happens all the time on a variety of products across the country, but when it comes to your baby or child your momma bear instincts kick in and you want to be sure you know what’s going on.  So in addition to watching your Facebook news feed or the evening news, it’s important for parents to take it one step further.

SIGN UP FOR SAFETY RECALLS

You can sign up for safety recall alerts that get sent directly to your email.  Safekids.org is an organization dedicated protecting kids from injury around the globe.  Safe Kids provides monthly lists of child-related recalls from major federal agencies.  According to their website that includes: “the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

It’s easy to sign up just click the link below to get recalls sent directly to your email.

SIGN UP FOR SAFETY RECALLS

An important thing to remember is that recalls don’t expire and need to be checked regularly.  Often times you may find a great deal on an item at a second hand store or a garage sale, maybe even a hand me down from friends or family, but those products should be checked to make sure they are not recalled.

Many large ticket items like car seats and strollers can be “registered” meaning if a recall happens, the company if required to notify you.

WHAT TO DO IF SOMETHING I OWE IS RECALLED

If you find out your car seat is recalled, don’t panic- take action.  Just follow this advice from safekids.org:

When You Discover a Car Seat or Booster Seat Recall
  • Find out which models and manufacture dates are involved.
  • Call the manufacturer or visit their Web site for more information and to verify if your car seat or booster seat has been recalled; or
  • Call NHTSA’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.
Before You Call, Have the Following Information
  • Manufacturer’s Name
  • Model Name
  • Model Number
  • Date of Manufacture
If Your Car Seat is Recalled, Get it Fixed Right Away

If you don’t have another car seat or booster seat to use, keep using the recalled seat while you wait for the repair kit—if the recall notice says you can. Using a recalled car seat or booster seat is almost always safer than letting a child ride in just a seat belt. Many problems are minor, but some are serious. All problems should be fixed as soon as possible.

 

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