The Dangerous Toy and Baby Product Recalls That Happened in April

While it was a slow month for defective toys, a few biggies still made the list.

On average, more than 100 kids toys and baby products are recalled each year due to defect. And even though most recalls are voluntary, companies are rarely inclined to shout their foibles from the mountaintop. As a result, 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 end up on Goodwill shelves where they can potentially harm other children.

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Fortunately, there are multiple government agencies ⏤ most importantly the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has jurisdiction over more than 15,000 kinds of consumer products ⏤ and watchdog groups like KidsinDanger.org  and Safe Kids Worldwide 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.”

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We also like to keep you updated on the latest defective toys, baby and parenting gear, and kid products, so that you don’t have to spend your day scouring government websites. We include the product, the defect, and the course of action you should take if you own the product. Although in all cases, the first action is always to get the dangerous toy away from your child. That said, here are all of last month’s recalls.

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Note: 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.

Wild & Wolf’s Petit Collage Toy Xylophone

Hazard: Ball can detach from the stick, posing a choking hazard
Number Recalled: 3,140
Recall Date: April 19, 2018
Action to Take: Contact for replacement
Contact: wildandwolf.com, 855-215-5879
There’s nothing wrong with Wild & Wolf’s elephant-shaped wooden xylophone (TT.1902.0617), it’s the hammer/beater stick that parents need to worry about ⏤ the ball comes off and can pose a choking hazard. Fortunately, it’s only happened once and no injuries were reported. Customers can contact either Wild & Wolf or Petit Collage for a replacement hammer.
Full Recall Details

Reduce Hydro Pro Furry Friends Water Bottles

Hazard: The paint used on the bottle contains lead
Number Recalled: 2,000
Recall Date: April 19, 2018
Action to Take: Contact for refund or replacement
Contact: Base Brands, reduceeveryday.com, 833-600-2887
Hard to imagine a company accidentally using a lead-based paint on a product for kids in this day and age, but that’s exactly what happened with Base Brands 14-ounce stainless water bottles. The pink paint used exclusively on the bear bottle contains a lead level that exceeds federal standards and can harm kids if swallowed. The bottles were sold exclusively at Costco and on Amazon and can be exchanged or returned for a full refund. Full Recall Details

Nickelodeon PAW PATROL Marshall Hat And Flashlight

Hazard: Batteries in the flashlight can overheat, posing a burn and fire hazard
Number Recalled: 21,500
Recall Date: April 5, 2018
Action to Take: Contact for refund
Contact: spirithalloween.com, 866-586-0155
While about 20,000 of these popular Paw Patrol costumes from Spirit Halloween stores are subject to recall due to an overheating flashlight, only four incidents have been reported ⏤ and no fires were started. Still, customers with hats/flashlights bearing the following SKU (01292093) and date codes (1703RY01, 1603RY01, and 1503RY01) should contact the company for a refund. Full Recall Details

Vornado Air Electric Space Heaters

Hazard: Device overheats, posing a burn or fire hazard
Number Recalled: 350,000
Recall Date: April 4, 2018
Action to Take: Contact for refund or replacement
Contact: vornado.com/recalls, 855-215-5131
Over 350,00 of these space heaters (model number VH101) were sold between August 2009 and March of 2018, and all have the potential to overheat and catch fire. Fifteen, in fact, have already done so. They stand about 8-inches tall, come in one of seven colors (to match every nursery), and can be returned for a full refund. Full Recall Details

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