We are barely a quarter of the way through 2015, and there have already been four new announcements concerning recalled products. Some of these were sold as far back as 2012, so even if you haven’t bought any infant or kid’s items recently you may still have something on the list.
Items can be recalled for many reasons. They may be choking hazards, they could contain a chemical that has been deemed unsafe, they may pinch or injure a child, or they can be too flammable. Sometimes the manufacturer may ask that the purchaser return the items for a refund, while other times they may offer to mail consumers a repair kit for the item.
Here are the new for 2015 infant and children recalled items in Canada. You can also check out our March 2013 list of 8 Recalled Baby and Toddler Items Sold in Canada for even more recalled items that could be laying around your home.
JA-RU’s B’loonies Balloon Blowing Kit
On February 25, 2015 the JA-RU’s B’loonies Balloon Blowing Kit sold at Carlton Card Retail locations were recalled. 725 of these kits were sold from November 7, 2014 to February 12, 2015. The issue is that when kids are blowing and inhaling on the little straw to blow up the balloons made of goo, they are inhaling vapours that cause everything from hallucinations to nervous system dysfunction to the child going into a coma.
What do you do if your child has this kit? Obviously you want to take it away ASAP. They official statement says even if you have one that wasn’t purchased at a Carlton Card location, you still want to keep it away from your kids. Contact Carlton Cards directly at 1-800-333-6724 for further instructions.
McGordon Boys Print Fleece Top with Hood Drawstring (Style # KBB-1552)
This item is a zip up hoodie with drawstrings. According to the official report, “Health Canada has determined that drawstrings on children’s upper outerwear can become caught on playground equipment, fences or other objects and result in strangulation, or in the case of a vehicle, the child being dragged.”
Over 1500 of these have been sold since 2012, and all of them with that style number are included. If your kiddo has one in their closet, all you need to do is remove the drawstring and your kiddo can start wearing it again.
Learning Curve VIA I470C Car Seats
On January 21, 2015 the recall was expanded for Learning Curve VIA I470C infant car seats with a manufacture date from April 2011 to March 2012. Model numbers included are Y11228C, Y11248C, Y11272C, Y11282C, and Y11289C. Don’t rely on the photo alone, as these come in an assortment of patterns and colors.
To help determine if yours has been recalled, here is a description from the report on the Healthy Canadians website, “The model number, item number, manufacture date code and the words “Learning Curve” appear on the sticker on the back of the products. The brand name “The First Years” is found on the visor of the car seat, while the brand name “Lamaze” is found on the front of the car seat.”
A whopping 6,117 of these were sold across Canada up until March 2014. They have been recalled because they do not pass safety crash test standards. If you are currently using one, the official report says to dispose of the car seat in a way that other people can’t use it. Donating recalled items is illegal, so make sure you get rid of it the right way.
IKEA VYSSA Crib Mattresses
On January 13, 2015, the recall for the IKEA VYSSA crib mattresses was expanded. The issue is that a crib mattress should fit the crib snugly, and this mattress leaves a gap big enough for an infant to injured. There are 5 models included; VACKERT, VINKA, SPELEVINK, SLÖA, and SLUMMER.
63,800 of these were sold in Canada both in IKEA stores and online since 2010. If you have one of these mattress, you need to measure the gap between the crib and the mattress. If the gap is larger than 3 cm, you need to stop using it. IKEA is asking that consumers return the mattresses for an exchange or a refund. Call IKEA Canada at 1-800-661-9807 for more information.