Top Ten Most Dangerous Children's Products

October 9, 2009
By Dan Irving Cytryn, Esq. on October 9, 2009 9:20 AM |

Your child may be at risk of serious injury or death if you are using any of the products listed below.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) recently released the following list of the ten most hazardous recalled children's products that might still be available in resale stores or on the Internet:

  • Evenflo Envision High Chairs -- Fasteners and metal screws on both sides of the high chairs can loosen and fall out, allowing the seat back to detach or recline unexpectedly. As a result, children can fall backwards or out of the seat or choke on the detached hardware.
  • Hill Sportswear Hooded Sweatshirt -- There was one reported death of a three-year-old boy who was strangled when the drawstring of the sweatshirt he was wearing became stuck on a playground swing.
  • Simplicity Bassinets, including those with Graco or Winnie the Pooh motif -- There are at least three deaths involving Simplicity bassinets. The metal bars in the Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets are covered by an adjustable fabric flap which is attached by Velcro and folded down when the bassinet is repositioned. If the Velcro is not properly fastened when the flap is readjusted, an infant may slip through the opening between the metal bars and suffocate.
  • Simplicity Drop Side Cribs -- There have been 10 known deaths associated with this product. The drop side can detach, creating a space between the side and the mattress. Infants and toddlers can be entrapped in this space and suffocate.
  • Polly Pocket Dolls with Magnets -- The CSPC knows of three serious injuries involving this product. The dolls contain small magnets inside which can become loose and then be swallowed or aspirated by young children. If a child swallows more than one magnet, the magnets can be attracted to each other and cause a potentially fatal intestinal perforation or blockage.
  • Easy Bake Ovens -- Young children can get their hands or fingers caught in the front opening of the oven and suffer burns.
  • Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets -- The plastic building pieces contain magnets which can fall out and possibly be swallowed or aspirated by young children. As with the Polly Pocket Dolls, if more than one magnet becomes lodged in the intestine they can cause intestinal perforation or blockage which may be fatal. There is at least one death attributable to this product and 27 serious injuries.
  • Baby Trend Home and Roam and Baby Express Portable Cribs and Play Yards -- There have been six deaths associated with these products. These cribs/play yards can collapse and entrap an infant, causing asphyxiation.
  • Evenflo Happy Camper Play Yards -- There are three deaths involving this product. This play yards can collapse and trap the child between the folded top rails. The rotating plastic hinges can crack or break leaving sharp edges or allowing the child to escape.
  • Playskool Travel Lite Play Yards -- Three deaths have been reported from using this product. The side rails of the portable crib can fold while it is in use, entrapping and suffocating an infant.

Discontinue use of these products immediately. Any injuries resulting from any of these products should be reported to the CPSC .

Dan Irving Cytryn is a Board Certified Trial Lawyer handling injury to children and dangerous product cases for more than 28 years.