On May 29, 2013, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Pottery Barn Kids, announced the voluntary recall of the Sweet Lambie Crib Bumper due to the possibility of entanglement, which poses as a hazard to infants. These baby crib bumpers were particularly sold at Pottery Barn Kids stores, catalogs, and Pottery Barn Outlet stores nationwide, and online at www.potterybarnkids.com from April 2009 through July 2012 for approximately $129 to $149.
This recall involves Pottery Barn Kids Sweet Lambie Bumpers manufactured from April 2009 through July 2012. Model number “708859,” “708917” or “7988348” and “Sweet Lambie Bumper” appear on a tag fastened to the bottom edge of the bumpers. The date of manufacture in MM/YYYY format is printed on a tag attached to the bumper near the model number tag. The recall is due to the thread in the decorative stitching on the bumper. The thread on the bumper can loosen, posing an entanglement hazard to infants. The entanglement has the ability to suffocate an infant, which may possibly lead to death.
Out of the 12,000 defected crib bumpers sold, the firm has received two reports of the decorative stitching coming loose and entangling children, including reports of the thread wrapping around a child’s neck. Consumers should immediately check the tag on the bumper for the month and year of manufacture and stop using the bumper if the date is 04/2009 through 07/2012. The recall number associated with this model is 13-204.
Consumers with recalled bumpers should contact Pottery Barn Kids for instructions on how to return the bumpers to receive a gift card in the amount of a full refund or a replacement bumper and to receive free return shipping for recalled bumpers. Pottery Barn Kids can be reached by calling (855) 323-5138 or online at www.potterybarnkids.com – click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.
As a parent, child safety advocate, and trial lawyer, I am continually troubled by the fact that manufacturers and retailers continue to sell dangerous products. Manufacturers, in their zeal to get products on the market, often cut corners and overlook safety when designing and manufacturing products. Manufacturers have an obligation and opportunity to thoroughly assess product safety before the launch of a product. It should not take a child to get injured for a manufacturer to make a product safe.
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