When a recall is issued, not always does everyone know about it. In the case of daycare centers, this can be a real problem.
This is especially true when it comes to inclined infant sleepers. Though parents and consumer watchdogs may be aware of their risks, apparently many daycare centers are not.
Back in April, Fisher-Price issued a recall for their Rock ‘N Play Sleepers. This was in response to dozens of infant deaths being linked to the sleepers since 2009.
Soon after, several other rocking sleepers from other brands were also recalled as well, like all models of Kids II Rocking Sleepers. Additionally, just over a week ago, several other bassinets were recalled, too.
Inclined sleepers like these have been incredibly popular over the past few years. As such, there have been millions sold. Sadly, there have also been millions recalled, as they can put babies’ lives at risk.
Most people have been made aware of the recalls – it’s been big news in terms of parenting and consumer safety. However, not everyone is fully aware of the issues associated with these products.
When Adam Garber discovered recalled Rock ‘n Plays at his son’s daycare facility, he was taken aback. Garber, who works for consumer advocacy group PIRG, told HuffPo about how the teacher was unaware they’d been fully recalled.
This, in turn, led Garber to wonder “about whether this was a larger problem.”
US PIRG and Kids in Danger both began calling hundreds of licensed daycare centers all over the country. 376 out of 600 responded, and 1 in 10 said they were still using recalled sleepers. Most were surprised to learn about their recalls.
“It’s not that they’re intentionally keeping dangerous products,” Garber reassures. Many are just simply not well informed.
Most people find out about recalls from the news or the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s email alerts. But not everyone – or every daycare center – is signed up for those alerts, and not all products are covered by the CPSC.
Improvements are needed in both how notifications are received and how companies process recalls.
In the meantime, parents should ask their childcare providers if recalled products are still in use. If so, they should be politely informed of the applicable recall notices available on the CPSC website.