CPSC Moves to Remove Recalled Products from Resale Market

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced its Top Ten list of recalled children’s products as part of its “Resale Round-up” campaign to ensure removal of dangerous recalled products from resale stores and off the Internet. Re-selling <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">recalled products is in violation of federal law.

Before re-selling products, the CPSC encourages re-sellers to check its Web site to determine if a product has been recalled; the CPSC’s just-released new “Handbook for Resale Stores and Product Re-sellers” to help resellers comply with the law can be accessed at www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/thrift/thrguid.pdf and ordered by calling CPSC’s Hotline, toll-free, at 1-800-638-2772. Also, the CPSC Web page for new Resellers and Resale/Thrift Stores Information Center can be accessed at http://www.cpsc.gov/info/resale/index.html.

“Those who re-sell recalled children’s products are not only breaking the law, they are putting children’s lives at risk,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Resale stores should make safety their business and check for recalled products and hazards to children.” A 1999 CPSC study found that nearly 70 percent of resale stores sold at least one recalled or otherwise hazardous product.

CPSC is partnering with the National Association of Resale & Thrift Shops (NARTS), the Salvation Army, state agencies, and others to alert re-sellers about recalled products, product hazards including cribs that do not meet current safety standards, drawstrings in children’s clothing, and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). “NARTS fully supports CPSC’s outreach efforts to resale stores,” said Adele Meyer, NARTS’ Executive Director. “Our members are resale professionals committed to product safety who believe good value and selling safe products go hand in hand.”

The CPSC’s education campaign will include safety seminars for resale store owners and employees. The CPSC’s Internet surveillance team is monitoring online retailers and auction sites for sales of recalled and hazardous products. Re-sellers are reminded that they must comply with the federal law, which will be enforced for in-store and online sales.

Below is some general list information on the Top Ten list, more specific details can be accessed at: http://www.cpsc.gov/roundup/roundup2009.html.

1. Playskool Travel-Lite Play Yards: Three deaths have been reported.
2. Evenflo Happy Camper Play Yards: Evenflo and CPSC are aware of three deaths.
3. Baby Trend Home and Roam and Baby Express Portable Cribs and Play Yards: Four reports of deaths and three reports of babies found not breathing, who were revived.
4. Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets: CPSC is aware of one death and at least 27 serious injuries.
5. Easy Bake Ovens: Entrapment and burn hazards.
6. Polly Pocket Dolls with Magnets: CPSC is aware of three serious injuries.
7. Simplicity Drop Side Cribs: CPSC is aware of 10 deaths.
8. Simplicity Bassinets (includes bassinets with Graco or Winnie the Pooh motif): CPSC is aware of at least three deaths.
9. Hill Sportswear hooded drawstring sweatshirts: CPSC received one report of a death involving a three-year-old boy.
10. Evenflo Envision High Chairs: Fall and choking hazards to children.

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