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Tike Tech and Valco Baby recall jogging strollers due to strangulation hazard


Tike Tech and Valco Baby recalls jogging strollers

Tike Tech and Valco Baby recalls jogging strollers

Name of affected products:
– Tike Tech Single City X3 and X3 Sport Jogging Strollers
– Valco Baby Tri Mode Single and Twin Jogging Strollers

Hazard: The opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck by the grab bar, posing a strangulation hazard to young children when a child is not harnessed.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the grab bar from the stroller and contact Tike Tech to receive a free replacement grab bar.

To see the Tike Tech jogging stroller recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11002.html

To see the Valco Baby jogging stroller recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11003.html

Also check Graco’s Quattro and Metrolite stroller recall on October 20, 2010.

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Fisher-Price recalls more than 10 million products: tricycles, activity centers, high chairs and Little People

Fisher-Price High Chairs recalled

Fisher-Price High Chairs recalled

Well, it’s been a while since we’ve heard of a major recall, but here it is! And that’s a massive recall in my opinion – over 10 million items, covering quite a range of baby and young children’s products.

For complete details on this Fisher-Price recall and to see which exact product models are affected, visit the Fisher-Price recall dedicated page on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website. This recall affects the following Fisher-Price products:

– 14 models of Trike and Tough Trike toddler tricycles (kids can get hurt on the plastic ignition key)
– 7 models of infant activity centers with inflatable balls (the valve can come off the ball, causing a choking hazard to babies)
– 950,000 high chairs (children cause fall and get hurt on the leg pegs)
– Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway (car wheels can come off, causing a choking hazard)

Fisher-Price Tough Trike

Fisher-Price Tough Trike

Our household is actually affected by this recall. We own the Go, Diego Go Tough Trike (left) and I just ordered my modification kit on the Fisher-Price website. It was a painless and quick process, but I apparently have to wait 8 to 12 weeks to receive it! Obviously, the Fisher-Price people have never had to reason with little kids who absolutely want to use their toys RIGHT NOW! We have another, more sturdy trike we’d like our son to start using, so this seems like the perfect opportunity!

I was planning to resell the trike when my youngest would outgrow it, but it’s out of the question now, even with the modification kit (it’s illegal to sell or resell recalled products). No biggie, safety first. Check out your Fisher-Price stock and make sure you’re OK too!

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Pottery Barn recalls drop-side cribs for repair

Pottery Barn drop-side cribs recalled for repair

Another drop-side crib is being recalled today… The repair on these cribs consists of installing a kit that immobilizes the side. Hmm, wait, that would make it … a fixed-side crib! Looks like the US Consumer Protection Safety Commission is actively working at establishing mandatory standards to address drop side and mattress support hazards. Hopefully the new standards will bring some peace of mind to new parents.

Name of Product: ALL Pottery Barn Kids drop-side cribs regardless of the model number. Sold through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog, http://www.potterybarnkids.com , and at Pottery Barn Kids retail stores nationwide from January 1999 through March 2010 for between $300 and $600. About 82,000 units.
Hazard: The cribs’ drop-sides can detach when hardware breaks, creating a space into which a young child can become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop side incidents also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.
Incidents/Injuries: 36 reports of drop sides that have malfunctioned or detached, resulting in seven minor injuries when children fell out of the cribs or got their legs caught between the mattress and the drop side. One child became entrapped at the head between the drop side and crib mattress but was freed without injury.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs, inspect the hardware to make sure it is not broken, and contact Pottery Barn Kids to receive a free fixed-gate conversion kit that will immobilize the drop side.

More info on the US CPSC website at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10302.html.

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Best store to buy baby clothes, kid clothes and shoes

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Buzz Lightyear pajamas

With two young boys who often treat their clothes and shoes as commodities, I can’t tell you how many items we’ve had to throw away in just a few years. Of course, the cheapest way to get clothes and shoes is to obtain hand-me-downs from family or really nice friends (you can’t beat free!), or shop the Craigslist and Ebay ads, or frequent the resale stores. I would also recommend shopping the clothing clearance racks of major retailers and stock up on the bigger sizes to build up your inventory at a lower price. Shop in the store,or online with additional coupons you can find on sites like retailmenot.com and you can get some pretty sweet deals. I’ve managed to pay a buck or two for brand-new T-shirts and pants, not bad…

But the best deal of all is the Sears’ Kidvantage Club. If you’re a member already, you must be nodding right now. I found out about the program over a year ago, but I really wished someone had told me about it before. Here’s what you get by registering for the program (you only have to provide your phone number so remember which one you give out!):

  • A 15% discount for your next shopping trip every time you spend $100 on clothes or shoes
  • Everyone you know can buy clothes for your kids using that phone number, including aunts and uncles, grandparents, friends, etc, to help you reach that $100 purchase even faster.
  • Best wear-out guarantee: if your kid wears out the clothes or shoes you buy there before he/she outgrows them, Sears will replace them for free (same or similar item), and you only need to present a receipt for the national brand items, not the Sears’ brands. Warning: this only covers worn-out, not stained items – you can’t push your luck too far!.

Now, my only pet peeve about this program is that it doesn’t apply to online purchases, which I don’t understand because Sears should be able to tie in your store and online purchases with your phone number. But still, I don’t think you can beat that. With kids who love to make holes in the knees of their pants and the toe part of their shoes, I can’t think of any other store who lets me exchange them for free.

For more information, visit the Sears’ Kidvantage Club page and start saving!

If you know of other great savings deals on children’s clothing, toys, furniture, etc, please share it in the comments area of this page.

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