7 Dangerous Kids Products That Were Recalled Last Month

And that you should probably get out of your house.

7 Dangerous Kids Products That Were Recalled Last Month

On average, more than 100 toys and kids products are recalled each year due to defect. And because companies aren’t inclined to shout their foibles from the mountaintop, few parents ever hear about them. In fact, only 30 percent of recalled products ever make their way back to the manufacturer. Instead, they are handed down to other new parents, find their way into consignment shops, or onto Goodwill shelves where they can potentially harm other children.

Fortunately, there are multiple government agencies ⏤ most importantly the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has jurisdiction over more than 15,000 kinds of consumer products ⏤ and watchdog groups like KidsinDanger.org who keep tabs on it all. In fact, six federal agencies have joined together to create Recalls.gov, an online hub where they “alert the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products.” New online services like Bonnie can also help protect your kids by scanning your email receipts (assuming you grant them permission), and letting you know if any of the products you purchased have issues.

So that you don’t have to keep checking other sites, we’re going to start updating you on the latest toy and kid product recalls monthly. We’ll include the product, the defect, and what course of action you should take. Although in all cases, the first action should always be to get the dangerous product away from your child. Where possible, the company link listed will go directly to their recall page. And finally, if you have a problem with a dangerous product or a product-related injury, you should report it to SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772.

All that said, here are seven toy- and child-product recalls from the past month.

Sweet Bamboo Children’s 2-Piece Pajamas

Sweet Bamboo Children's 2-Piece Pajamas

Hazard: Flammable
Action to Take: Return for Refund
Contact: mysweetbamboo.com, 888-408-2822
While no injuries have been reported, Sweet Bamboo is recalling 400 pairs of its two-piece, woven pajamas. Made of a 50-50 blend of polyester and bamboo viscose, the short-sleeve and pant sets in sizes 12 months to 6T fail to pass the fire safety Standards for the Flammability of Children’s’ Sleepwear, 16 C.F.R. part 1616 for flame resistance. According to the company, it’s because the pajamas are “not snug fitting and we elect not to spray our products with fire retardant chemicals.” Full Recall Details

Panelcraft Rainbow Dreamer Magnetic Building Sets

Hazard: Choking
Action to Take: Replace
Contact: www.panelcraft.com, 888-288-7615
The problem with 2,000 units of two Panelcraft’s magnetic building sets ⏤ the Rainbow Dream Builder and the Rainbow Solid Builder ⏤ is that the corners break and the magnets hidden inside come pouring out onto your carpet. Those magnets, naturally, are a choking hazard. Contact Panelcraft to receive a pre-paid shipping label and send your current set back for a free replacement set. Full Recall Details

Lamaze Munching Max Chipmunk Stuffed Toys

Hazard: Laceration
Action to Take: Replace
Contact: recall.tomy.com, 866-725- 4407
Pull the string on the head of this hungry chipmunk, and it’ll vibrate/pretend to eat a nut. When the internal parts inside break, however ⏤ and apparently they do ⏤ Munching Max morphs into a prison shiv. Or at least a toy that can stab a kid. According to the recall, the internal parts “create a sharp point that can penetrate the surface of the toy.” The toys in question were sold from May 2016 through June 2017 and are being replaced with a similar product and online store coupon for a future purchase. Full Recall Details

Manhattan Toy Winkel Colorburst Activity Toys

Hazard: Choking
Action to Take: Return for Refund
Contact: manhattantoy.com, 800-541-1345
Apparently not made of the highest quality plastic, the multi-color tubes on the Winkel Colorburst “become brittle and break into small pieces.” Once broken, both the pieces and the rattle beads that were inside become the perfect snack for an infant who puts everything in their mouth. There have four reported cases of broken Winkels (out of 15,400 units sold) but no injuries. You can either return the toy to the store where it was purchased or contact Manhattan Toy directly. Full Recall Details

iRover Self-balancing Scooters/Hoverboards

iRover Self-balancing Scooters/Hoverboards

Hazard: Fire
Action to Take: Replace
Contact: www.iroverus.com, 888-348-6434
Somehow, overheating lithium-ion batteries in hoverboards is still a problem. (How have these all not been fixed yet, it’s been years?) That said, iRover’s self-balancing scooters (model numbers 87645 and 87644) continue to catch fire. Don’t plug them in. The hoverboards in question were sold at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Fallas between December 2015 through April 2017. There have been two reports of smoking and overheating but no injuries. Full Recall Details

Really Good Stuff Magnetic Dry Erase Boards

Really Good Stuff Magnetic Dry Erase Boards

Hazard: Laceration
Action to Take: Replace
Contact: www.reallygoodstuff.com, 800-801-4046
The problem with the Write Again® magnetic dry erase white boards is that the thin metal surface separates from the wood frame and becomes, essentially, a knife blade. So far, there have been 40 reports of minor cuts. There are, however, 1.6 million of these bad boys out there in four different sizes dating all the way back to 2003. If you have one, stop using it and contact Really Good for a free replacement. Full Recall Details

Burt’s Bees Butterfly Garden Coverall & Hat Sets

Burt’s Bees Butterfly Garden Coverall & Hat Sets

Hazard: Choking
Action to Take: Return for Refund
Contact: www.burtsbeesbaby.com, 877-907-7511
Yes, Burt’s Bees does make something other than lip balm? Although when it comes to 8,500 pairs of these infant coveralls in blossom pink, apparently, not very well. The snaps at the crotch pop off and pose an infant choking risk. There have been 11 reported cases, but so far no injuries. Send them back, and you’ll receive a $20 e-gift card. Full Recall Details

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