Graco to pay hefty fine for delayed safety recall

Graco Children’s Products has been fined $3 million and ordered to spend another $7 million for child safety development programs over its failure to immediately recall about four million defective child car seats, The New York Times reported on March 20.

According to the report, as early as 2009, Graco learned that the buckle in some child car seats may be defective and prove difficult to quickly unlatch in an emergency situation. However, the company insisted that the products were safe and that no safety recall was needed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered the company to recall the affected products in January 2014, but the company did not adhere until a month later.

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Two reports of entrapment prompt IKEA recall of crib mattresses

IKEA is recalling about 169,000 VYSSA style crib mattresses after learning that the affected products may pose an entrapment risk to infants, a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated on January 13.

The recall involves models SLOA, SLUMMER, SPELEVINK, VACKERT, and VINKA, which were manufactured on May 4, 2014 or earlier. The affected products were exclusively sold through the IKEA website and IKEA stores across the U.S. between August 2010 and May 2014. The company said a gap of more than two fingers wide between the edge of the mattress and the end of the crib may cause infants to become entrapped. IKEA has already received two incidents of entrapment, although no injuries were reported.

Consumers are advised to return the child care products to any IKEA store for a refund or replacement.

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McDonald’s toy recalled for child safety issues

The world’s largest restaurant chain McDonald’s recalled Hello Kitty lollipop whistles it distributed as a freebie with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meal after learning about associated risks of choking and asphyxiation, according to a Bloomberg article on November 11.

The company advised consumers to immediately return the defective whistles at any McDonald’s restaurant, as its components might detach and place children’s safety at risk. Two children have already experienced potentially dangerous incidents, one of whom needed medical attention after coughing up pieces of the toy.

McDonald’s branches will be substituting the defective toys with another one, and will give customers either a bag of sliced apples or a yogurt tube.

Of the approximately 2.3 million defective whistles, 1.6 million have already been recovered, the company said in an online statement.

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