Infant Recliner Recall Fight
National Public Radio (NPR) recently reported on a unique recall effort involving infant recliners. Back in 2010, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and Baby Matters, a maker of infant recliners, worked together in a joint recall effort of the "Generation One" recliner, offering a coupon to go toward the purchase of a newer model. At that time, the CPSC was aware of one death and 22 reports of problems with infants falling out of, or hanging out of the seats.
After the voluntary recall, however, the problems continued. The CPSC received reports of additional deaths and injuries involving use of the recliners. However, when the CPSC approached the manufacturer, it resisted, forcing administrative action. The CPSC did not stop there.
When a product is manufactured, it is placed into the "stream of commerce." the CPSC simply went downstream from the manufacturer to the retailers, who agreed to participate in a voluntary recall effort. Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us are working with the CPSC on this recall.
The CPSC press release provides contact information for the retailers:
Buy Buy Baby: Toll-free at (877) 328-9222,
Diapers.com: (800) 342-7377
Toys R Us/Babies R Us: (800) 869-7787