Little Duckling Sale & Expo is dedicated to safety! It is our intention to only sell items that are safe and have that have not been recalled. It is the responsibility of our Consignors to ensure that all of their items are not recalled and meet all safety standards. While it is the Consignor’s responsibility, we want to help you succeed in this area. During the registration process you agreed to research your items to ensure there are no recalls and that they are safe. Two resources for you are We Make It Safer and U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission. Below are a few items that we receive questions about. Don’t know if you can resell your recalled item? Read this article by Consignment Mommies.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is included for research purposes and is not intended to be legal advice, you should always check the Consumer Product Safety Commission and/or relevant government agency and industry sources (some of which are listed below under “additional safety and industry resources”) to ensure your items can be resold.
Due to the positioning of an infant in a sling, there are suffocation hazards. The slings fabric can cover a baby’s nose and mouth thus blocking breathing orifices. Likewise, the positioning of the child is prone to restricting the airway due to the curled nature which pushed the chin into the chest.
- Baby Trend Recall to Repair Infant Swings Sold at Toys R Us (November 21, 2002)
- Carriers and Carrier/Swing Seats Recalled by Graco (December 19, 1997, Revised July 31, 2002)
- Century Offers Cash Reward for Recalled Infant Swings (November 17, 1999, Last revised January 7, 2003)
- Century Products Recalls Wind-Up Infant Swings (January 29, 1992; Revised August 27, 2001)
- Fisher-Price Rainforest Infant Swings Recalled Due to Entrapment Hazard (May 30, 2007)
- Fisher-Price Recall for In-Home Repair of Infant Swings (April 10, 2002, Revised November 19, 2002)
- Graco Children’s Products Announce Recall Travel Lite™ Swings (July 13, 2004)
- Infant Swings Recalled by Graco (April 13, 2000, Revised July 29, 2002)
- Lil’ Napper Infant Swings Recall by Century (September 2, 1997; Last revised May 10, 2004)
- Little Tikes Swing Recall (October 10, 2001, Revised April 30, 2007)
- Swings & Domes Recalled by Fisher-Price (April 7, 2000, Revised June 5, 2006)
- Swings and Toys Recalled by Fisher-Price (August 23, 2000, Revised July 19, 2005)
Balls and Balloons
- Balloons – that are deflated should be kept away from children under the age of 8 as they present a choking and suffocation issue. Furthermore, discard broken balloons at once.
- Small balls and other toys with small parts – Toys with small parts can cause choking and should be kept away from children under the age of 3.
Bath Seats and Bath Rings
CPSC standards instruct that bath seats and bath rings should not be sold if they attach to the tub floor, were made before 2007 (see date code stamp on the bottom of the product), or are broken and/or damaged in any way. Seats and rings that do meet the standards are a drowning hazard.
Breast Pumps and Accessories
With the exception of hospital-grade pumps, the FDA considers breast pumps single-use (one-individual for the life of the product) devices. LDS abides by this and concur with the FDA that a breast pump should only be used by one woman, as it is impossible to guarantee the pump is clean and disinfected betwixt uses of the device by different women… Furthermore purchasing a used breast pump or sharing a breast pump between women is a violation of some manufacturer’s warranties.
Bumbo voluntarily recalled approximately four million seats in August 2012. It is unlawful to resell these seats without the repair kit installed.
- A repair kit can be obtained by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling (866) 898-4999 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Do not return the Bumbo seat to retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.
- Serious Head Injuries Prompt Recall of Bumbo Baby Sitter Seats – New Warnings and Instructions to Be Provided To Consumers
Car Seats and Infant Carriers
Car seats, booster seats, and car seat bases cannot be older than 5 years old. All car seats, booster seats, car seat bases, and infant carriers that function as a car seat will be inspected at check-in/drop-off and must be free of recall. A Car Seat Checklist must accompany every car seat. Please download this checklist and bring it with you.
The new crib rule that was approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission has some people confused. Some believe that it only applies to “drop side” cribs. However, the standard applies to more than just the drop side. It is required that the crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware now be more durable. Furthermore in order to prove compliance, manufacturers must adhere and test their products to more stringent requirements.
Little Duckling Sale will only accept cribs that were manufactured on or after June 28, 2011. Cribs manufactured from July 23, 2010 to June 28, 2011 may be consigned if the consignor provides a certificate of compliance from the crib manufacturer or retailer. Cribs manufactured prior to July 23, 2010 will not be accepted under any circumstance.
Little Duckling Sale will only accept Crib Bumpers that are breathable. The American Academy of Pediatrics states there is no evidence of crib bumpers providing protection from or preventing injuries. However, they do pose a risk of suffocation, strangulation, and/or entrapment.
Mattresses and Bedding
All crib and/or toddler mattresses and box springs and bedding must have its original factory label/tag. This is known as a “Part 1633” compliance label and details what the item is comprised of.
Mattresses manufactured on or after July 1, 2007 must meet the CPSC flammability standard. This standard is intended to reduce the severity of mattress fires caused by an an open flame ignition source such as candles, matches and/or lighters.
Pack-n-Plays and Playards
Play yards are meant for children less than 35 inches tall and who are not yet able to climb out of the play yard.
Play yard hazards include entrapment from collapse of the play yard, entrapment of the child between an unfolded mattress and the floor liner, and strangulation from a looped strap hanging into the play yard.
- November 2009 – Maclaren USA Recalls to Repair Strollers Following Fingertip Amputations
- January 2010 – Graco Recalls Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazards
- March 2010 – Britax Recalls Strollers Due to Risk of Fingertip Amputations and Lacerations
- October 2010 – Graco Recalls Quattro™ and MetroLite™ Strollers Due to Risk of Entrapment and Strangulation
- October 2010 – Valco Baby Recalls Jogging Strollers Due to Strangulation Hazard
- January 2011 – Strollers Recalled to Repair by phil&teds USA Due to Amputation and Laceration Hazards
In the Spring of 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a new federal standard for the design of toddler beds.
Toys with Small Parts and Magnets
There is an ingestion hazard with toys containing magnets and/or magnetic components. Toys that contain magnets include, but are not limited to, action figures, dolls, some puzzles, and construction sets. Furthermore, strong/powerful magnets that can be found in some building sets have been known to cause death upon being swallowed.
There is a great choking risk to children under the age of three years old whom interact with small parts. Be sure that all small parts, whether on a toy or even clothing, are securely fastened.
- April 2010 – Step2® Recalls Basic Rhythms Drum™ Toys Due to Choking Hazard
- May 2010 – Children’s Giraffe Blanket Recalled by Rashti & Rashti Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target Stores
- May 2010 – The Children’s Place Recalls Denim Shorts Due to Choking Hazard; Metal Snaps Could Detach
- August 2010 – Fisher-Price Recalls Little People Play ‘n Go Campsite™ Due to Choking Hazard
- September 2010 – Fisher-Price Recalls Infant Toys with Inflatable Balls Due to Choking Hazard
- September 2010 – Fisher-Price Recalls Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway Due to Choking Hazard
- September 2010 – Fun Stuff Recalls Children’s Toys Due to Choking Hazard
- September 2010 – Step2® Recalls Children’s Transportation Station Toys Due to Choking Hazard
- October 2010 – Girls’ Ruffle Vests Recalled by The Children’s Place Due to Choking Hazard
- October 2010 – Meijer Recalls Infant Shoes Due to Choking Hazard
- December 2010 – BabyLegs Recalls Baby Socks and Leg Warmers with Heart Appliqué Due to Choking Hazard
- January 2011 – Kid O Products Recalls Baby Rattles Due To Choking Hazard
- January 2011 – Teething Rings Recalled by Calisson Due to Ingestion Hazard
Baby walkers must be wider than a standard doorway (at least 36 inches wide) and it must have features, such as mechanisms that grip which stop the walker at the edge of a step such as at the top of stairs thus preventing the walker from toppling over.
Additional Industry and Safety Resources
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Toy Industry Association, Inc.
- Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
- Online resource for U.S. Government recalls
- Safe Kids Worldwide
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Consolidated product safety information
- The Family Education Network
- Product Information about which breast pumps are intended to be used by multiple mothers