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The government makes efforts to ensure that unsafe products are recalled from the marketplace ― unfortunately often these efforts fall short. A new report released by the nonprofit organization Kids in Danger uncovers a number of frightening truths.

The new report Playing with Fire Hazards: An analysis of children’s products recalled for fire hazards from June 2007 to July 2017 highlights fire and burn risks from recalled children’s products. Nancy Cowles, Executive Director of Kids in Danger said: “Caretakers often assume that products on the market are safe for use, especially if they are intended for children, but too frequently that is not the case.”

Significantly more products have been recalled in the past 10 years compared to the preceding 15 years. In the period from 2007 to 2017, the study found that an average of 12.1 products per year were recalled for fire and burn hazards. This average greatly exceeds the average of 5.47 products recalled for fire and burn hazards each year in the fifteen years prior, from 1992 to 2017. This finding indicates that dangerous products for children are being bought and used by consumers at an ever-increasing rate, putting more children in danger each year.

Specifically, the Playing with Fire Hazards report found:

  • Between June 2017 and July 2017, 121 children’s products were recalled for fire and burn hazards.
  • These products resulted in a reported 1,000 incidents, 159 injuries, and 2 deaths.
  • Defects included: violation of federal flammability standards, battery failure, electrical failure, exposure to hot substance/surface, and ignitable.
  • Of the 121 products recalled for fire and burn hazards, 46 were articles of clothing that violated federal flammability standards and 44 were toys, most of which contained defective batteries.
  • In total, more than 40 million units were recalled, including 29 million units of the McDonald’s “Step-iT” Activity Wristbands.

In 2016 there were 76 product recalls overall (inducing products recalled for fire and burn hazards), which resulted in 66.8 million units of children’s products being recalled. This represented a 12% increase from 2015 and the largest number since 2004.

The Kids in Danger A KID Report Card: Children’s Product Recalls in 2016 stated that it took a significant increase in the number of incidents reported prior to companies making recalls in 2016. “[I]t took an average of 64 reports of serious design flaws and failures to pull dangerous products from the shelf.”

While it is taking manufacturers longer to respond to dangerous products in the marketplace, the study found that when they do respond they are making use of widespread communication channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

Keep an eye on the latest product recalls for all products, including products designed for children, at the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website here. You can also sign up for email alerts from Kids in Danger here.


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