So when I posted two days ago that there were more Mattel recalls coming down the pike, I didn't think I meant today.
But there you have it, the AP is reporting Mattel is recalling 675,000 Barbie accessories for lead paint. The toys were manufactured "between Sept. 30, 2006, and Aug. 20, 2007". Mattel is also recalling 9,000 Fisher-Price Bongo Band toys made in July and August 2007. That's toys made during and after the first big Mattel recalls, and during the initial lead paint recall investigations. Nice. [ap/google, check the cpsc site for recall details]
Meanwhile, Dorel Juvenile Group, who put the Industrial in Baby Industrial Complex, are recalling 19 models of car seats, including Cosco, Eddie Bauer and Safety 1st, for harness slippage problems. The recall started in Canada, and affects seats manufactured between Nov. 1, 2003 and Dec. 31, 2005. The recall affects over 300,000 car seats in Canada, and an undetermined number in the US. People with affected seats should contact Dorel for a harness repair kit. [chicago tribune and nhtsa.dot.gov via consumerist]
Whoa, a recall of Netto Collection cribs?? 400 Moderne and Loft collection cribs with date codes 9/03 and 02/04, which were sold in the US between Oct. 2003 and June 2005 are affected. Apparently, there have been three reports of spindles coming out of the top of the side rail, creating a gap that poses a strangulation hazard. No injuries reported. Affected cribbers should contact Netto Collection to get some new side rails. [So what's that mean, Netto was producing 200 cribs/month in '04? Update your designer nursery business plan pro formas accordingly. recall details via cpsc.gov]
And what better way to end this recall recap, than with a reassuring message from Your Baby Industrial Complex's Fearless Leader, the JPMA? After the Baby Bargains folks withdrew their endorsement of plastic bottles--in a post called JPMA-gate, btw--the JPMA sent out an alert to their members claiming incorrectly that the NIH's Toxicology panel "concluded that there is no reason for parents to be concerned about the use of polycarbonate plastic baby bottles," and that "[t]he panel concluded that exposure to BPA through polycarbonate plastic does not pose any serious risk to infants, children or adults."
Not true. The panel actually found there was "some concern" about potential neurological and behavioral effects of BPA exposure in utero, in newborns and in children, and that it warranted much more study. The JPMA tried to spin this "some concern" designation as a mere technicality in order to trigger research, but the truth remains, the Toxicology Panel's review of the skimpy existing BPA research raises concerns specifically for pregnant women and kids.
The JPMA's action item? "JPMA asks publications like Baby Bargains to NOT give in to the media frenzy and look into the quality scientific data available on the safety of plastic baby bottles." [Emphasis added for entertainment value.]