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The Dangerous Toy and Baby Product Recalls That Happened in 2015

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.

RELATED: The Dangerous Toy and Baby Product Recalls That Happened in August

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.”

ALSO: The Most Dangerous Toys and Baby Products Recalled in February

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 take time out of your day to scour 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.

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.

July Product Recalls: Strollers, Drawers, and Night Lights

July Product Recalls: Strollers, Drawers, and Night Lights

IKEA
Product: MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests, 2 styles of MALM 6-drawer chests, and other chests and dressers
Total Units: 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests and dressers
Reason: The nearly ubiquitous chests and dressers can tip over and fall on small children if not securely anchored to the wall. IKEA is offering a free anchoring repair kit for all affected products. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: Oeuf Merlin Dresser ($950)

UPPAbaby
Product: 2015 CRUZ and VISTA strollers; 2015 RumbleSeat
Total Units: 71,000 in the U.S. and 8,000 in Canada
Reason: Children can bite pieces of foam off the bumper bar covering, posing a choking hazard. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative:
Stokke Xplory Stroller ($1,100)

DaVinci Brand Cribs (Bexco)
Product: Reagan, Emily, Jamie, and Jenny Lind cribs manufactured from May 2012 through December 2012
Total Units: 11,700
Reason: A metal bracket that connects the mattress support to the crib can break, creating a gap where a baby can become entrapped; the broken bracket can also cause lacerations. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: Oeuf Rhea Crib ($670)

Target
Product: Circo Night Lights
Total Units: 143,000
Reason: The night light can melt as a result of the battery overheating; poses a fire hazard. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: Kikkerland Moon Night Light ($8)

Kyber Outerwear
Product: Children’s Animal-themed Sweaters
Total Units: 3,100
Reason: The drawstring around the neck can become entangled or caught on slides, school bus doors, and other moving objects, posing a strangulation and entanglement risk. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: North Face Canyonland Hoodie ($75)

June Product Recalls: Baby Floats, Furniture, and Digger Toys

June Product Recalls: Baby Floats, Furniture, and Digger Toys

Otteroo
Product: Otteroo Inflatable Baby Floats
Total Units: 3,000
Reason: There have been reports of broken seams that cause the device to leak air and deflate, posing a potential drowning risk. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: Intex My Baby Float ($12)

Pali Design
Product: Children’s Furniture (Milano Collection, Salerno Collection, West Point Collection, Wendy Collection, Mantova Collection, Volterra Collection, Karla Collection, Bookcase/Hutch)
Total Units: 18,000 in the U.S. and 2,160 in Canada
Reason: Plastic restraint straps used to attach units to the wall can break and allow furniture to tip over, potentially injuring or trapping small children. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: Oeuf Merlin Sparrow Dresser ($950)

Northern Tool + Equipment
Product: Little Digger Toy
Total Units: 7,000
Reason: The red paint on the frame contains lead in amounts that exceed federal levels. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: Big Dig Ride-On Working Crane ($45)

Bunnies By The Bay
Product: Bud and Skipit Wheely Cute Pull Toys
Total Units: 800 in the United States and 10 in Canada
Reason: Hubcaps can break off the wheels and become choking hazards for young kids. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: Brio Pull Along Dachshund ($15)

May Product Recalls: Booster Seats, Toy Cars, and Crib Mattresses

May Product Recalls: Booster Seats, Toy Cars, and Crib Mattresses

IKEA
Product: Sultan, Vyssa Crib Mattresses
Total Units: 344,000
Reason: The gap between the mattress and crib ends is larger than what’s allowed by federal regulation, because too big a gap can result in infants becoming trapped. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress ($259)

Product: Patrull Klämma and Patrull Smidig Safety Gates
Total Units: 75,000
Reason: A design flaw inhibits the gates from maintaining a locked position, which creates a fall hazard. Also, the lower metal bar creates a tripping hazard. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: KidCo Safeway Gate – G2000 ($43.73)

OXO
Product: Nest Booster Seat
Total Units: 25,000
Reason: Stitching on the restraint straps can loosen, allowing the straps to separate from the seat. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: Graco Toddler Booster ($29.66)

Schylling
Product: Police Press And Go Toy Vehicles
Total Units: 15,300
Reason: The policeman’s hat can detach and pose a choking hazard. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: Wonderworld Mini Patrol Car ($20)

Baby Dream
Product: Cribs, Furniture, And Accessories With Vintage Grey Paint
Total Units: 4,600
Reason: The paint contains lead in amounts that exceed federal levels. More Info
A Not-Currently-Under-Recall Alternative: Ouef Sparrow Crib ($820)