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Monday, 28 September, 2009 1:06 PM
Study Shows Children are Safer Thanks to Increased Focus on Product Safety by Regulators and Manufacturers
INDIANAPOLIS -- An analysis of data by ExpertRECALL(TM), the leader in managing consumer product recalls, found an encouraging trend in the safety of juvenile products. ExpertRECALL announced its findings in response to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association's annual Baby Safety Month.
"We reviewed recall data from September 2007 to September 2008, and for the same period in 2008 - 2009, to understand the changes year over year," said ExpertRECALL Director Mike Rozembajgier. "The number of total juvenile product recalls decreased by nearly one-third."
ExpertRECALL looked separately at data for children's toys and for juvenile products (non-toys), such as baby furniture, strollers and clothing.
recalls have dropped more than 50 percent since 2007. During
this time the primary hazard for toy recalls has been lead content.
During 2007-2008, lead content was the cause of more than 50
percent of toy recalls. Since 2008 lead hazards have been responsible
for 41 percent of toy recalls.
Choking and strangulation were also major contributors to recalls in the juvenile products (non-toy) category. Hazards found with products ranging from cribs to hooded sweatshirt draw strings raised serious concerns with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In the past year, choking and strangulation hazards accounted for 46 percent of the total recalls, while lead content and hazards related to falling each accounted for 19 percent.
Currently, eight of the ten items on the CPSC's Top Ten List of Recalled Children's Products are due to choking and strangulation hazards.
Since product recalls continue to make news, consumers are left questioning whether the industry is actually improving its safety efforts. "It's a legitimate concern," says Rozembajgier. "But consumers should know that both manufacturers and retailers are taking precautions as never before to protect the safety of our youngest, and most vulnerable, consumers."
the CPSC is strengthening safety regulations that govern manufacturers
and is levying more stringent fines on offenders. For example,
in June 2009, the CPSC announced that Fisher-Price and Mattel
would each pay a $2.3 million penalty for toys that violated
the federal lead paint ban.
"Over the past few months, we've seen a concerted effort by regulatory agencies to protect consumers from harmful products. Trending data from the past two years suggests that consumer products are getting safer and, despite a potential uptick in recalls resulting from more stringent regulatory guidelines, we expect this trend to continue," according to Rozembajgier.
ExpertRECALL is a service of Stericycle (SRCL). ExpertRECALL is the industry leader in managing consumer product, pharmaceutical, medical device, juvenile product, and food and beverage recalls. ExpertRECALL streamlines the entire product recall process and manages Notification & Response, Processing & Tracking, and Compliance & Reporting For more information, visit http://www.expertrecall.com/.
Photo credit: ExpertRECALL
The chart compares recall data for September 2007 through August 2008 and September 2008 through August 2009. A comparison of toy recall data shows a significant decrease in recalls resulting from choking or strangulation hazards and lead contamination.
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