Why Are American Product Recalls Occurring? Part 2

Let’s face it: you can’t always be there to protect your kids. From the moment a child is born, it is a process of letting them go. And part of this process is trusting that the environment our kids grow up in is of sound quality.

But young children can’t take care of themselves. And what happens when the products that make up a child’s environment—the toys, nursery products and sleeping equipment—are all potentially at risk of harming them, even when they claim to have passed inspection? How do you sleep knowing that your child’s crib might be in danger of collapsing, or that the new toy you bought might contain toxic material?

This report from ExpertRecall has produced some alarming numbers in regards to children’s safety:

  • 13 toys and nursery equipment models were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) during the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Child and infant product recalls rose 18 percent between the third and fourth quarter of 2012. This is a six quarter high.
  • Faulty children’s products were the cause of 201 reported product safety incidents. Of the 201 products, 13 injuries and five deaths occurred. All five deaths resulted from the same product recall.

At the top of the list of culprits were items that posed fall risks to children and infants, with six recalls. Next were hazardous materials as well as entrapment/ strangulation risks in the case of two recalls. Additionally, products that were prone to structurally collapsing, overheating or were a choking threat each had one recall.

These product recalls are occurring because not everyone is using manufacturing quality control systems in their factories. By implementing a manufacturing control system into your production facility, it significantly reduces the likelihood of a recall. Not only does this benefit financially, but it also reduces the likelihood of your product causing injury or death. 

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