The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced its Top Ten list of recalled childrenâ€™s products as part of its â€œResale Round-upâ€ 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 CPSCâ€™s just-released new â€œHandbook for Resale Stores and Product Re-sellersâ€ to help resellers comply with the law can be accessed at www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/thrift/thrguid.pdf and ordered by calling CPSCâ€™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.
â€œThose who re-sell recalled childrenâ€™s products are not only breaking the law, they are putting childrenâ€™s lives at risk,â€ said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. â€œResale stores should make safety their business and check for recalled products and hazards to children.â€ 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 childrenâ€™s clothing, and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). â€œNARTS fully supports CPSCâ€™s outreach efforts to resale stores,â€ said Adele Meyer, NARTSâ€™ Executive Director. â€œOur members are resale professionals committed to product safety who believe good value and selling safe products go hand in hand.â€
The CPSCâ€™s education campaign will include safety seminars for resale store owners and employees. The CPSCâ€™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.