No longer can you turn on the news without the headlines screaming out to you the latest, deadliest product recall. Besides the car recalls, these are every day products that all parents use, from strollers and cribs to high chairs and baby slings. The latest 1.2 million Graco high chairs, were recalled due to faulty screws and brackets which would come loose, causing the high chairs legs to give out while a child was seated in the high chair. There were 24 confirmed cases of injuries, including head injuries. No matter what the product is, a parent’s ears perk up immediately when the words, “safety recall” come out of a broadcaster’s mouth, or do they any more?
Will consumers start to become complacent when hearing of these product recalls? Let’s hope not.
While with most of these recalls there have only been a few incidents of injury or death reported in children in the U.S., one accident is one too many and none of us wants to see this happen to our children. So, what can a parent do to keep their kids safe?
One thing about parenthood is the importance of moderation. Worrying is what makes us the good parents that we are. Worry, of course in moderation, keeps us on our toes and keeps our kids safe. Learning information about product recalls and staying informed are the best two things that we can do. Always fill out your warranty and/or product recall information when you purchase any product. Always use the product as outlined specifically in the manufactures instructions. Companies that manufacture the products we use every day are on our side. They are constantly testing their products and ensuring their safety. We can only hope that parents and companies can continue to foster a positive relationship.
There is nothing more difficult, yet more rewarding, then being a parent. Keeping our kids safe, healthy, and out of harms way is no easy task. We ask ourselves questions all the time. Are our kids getting enough sleep? Are they eating the right foods? Are they interacting easily with other children? Are you making the right decisions for them every day? We have to take some comfort in the fact that our kids are awesome little people. We can only do the best we can. My advice about product recalls is to stay informed and be attentive, but you also need to be able to get back on the couch and enjoy the evening news.
To find out more about which products are recalled visit the CPSC.gov website.