Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Collaborate on Look Before You Lock Campaign
Campaign Creates Awareness of Hyperthermia in an Effort to Prevent Child Death
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J—May 15, 2013- The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is pleased to announce its partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock” awareness campaign. In a commitment to this campaign, all child restraint system (CRS) manufacturer members of JPMA will be posting life-saving messages beginning in May and into early fall.
“Heatstroke in hot cars is a terrible danger to children, and we must do everything we can to protect our youngest passengers,” says NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “Working closely with our safety partners, we hope to remind parents and caregivers to never leave children unattended in a vehicle and always check the backseat before walking away. Through coordinated efforts to increase public awareness of this very serious safety danger, we hope help prevent tragedies.”
According to national statistics, 2012 saw at least 32 child deaths due to heatstroke from being left in cars. An unknown number of children are also injured each year from heatstroke in hot cars, suffering ailments like permanent brain injury, blindness and loss of hearing. Heatstroke deaths and injuries often occur from children playing in unlocked vehicles unbeknownst to parents or guardians. Incidents can also occur when caregivers inadvertently forget sleeping infants in rear-facing car seats.
“Child death is particularly heartbreaking when related to heatstroke in cars, because this situation is preventable,” says Michael Dwyer, Executive Director of JPMA. “Parents and caregivers feel the guilt and take responsibility for deaths that don’t need to happen. We are certain that if parents and caregivers take the time to Look Before They Lock, we can bring the number of child deaths due to heatstroke down to zero.”
Look Before You Lock encourages parents and caregivers to keep the following in mind during the hot summer months:
- Never leave infants or young children unattended in a vehicle–even if you leave the windows partly open or the air conditioning working.
- Never let children play in an unattended vehicle.
- Always lock your vehicle doors and trunk. Keep the keys out of a child’s reach.
- If your child is missing, quickly check all vehicles, including the trunks.
- If you see a child unattended in a hot car, call 911 and get the child out as soon as possible.
- If you have a child, always make a habit of looking in the vehicle–front to back–before walking away.
- Remember: kids in hot cars are a deadly combination.
“Children’s bodies overheat easily, and infants and children under four years of age are among those at greatest risk for heat-related illness,” says Dwyer. “Following the tips from JPMA and NHTSA, making a conscious effort to lock the car and taking the proper precautions can possibly save your child’s life.”
About the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under the U.S. Department of Transportation, was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 as the successor to the National Highway Safety Bureau to carry out safety programs under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 and the Highway Safety Act of 1966. The Vehicle Safety Act has subsequently been recodified under Title 49 of the U. S. Code in Chapter 301, Motor Vehicle Safety. NHTSA also carries out consumer programs established by the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act of 1972, which has been recodified in various Chapters under Title 49.
NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment and through grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local highway safety programs.
About the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization of more than 250 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers, importers and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through advocacy, government and public relations, information sharing, product performance certification and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children and retailers.
To learn more about JPMA, the Certification Program and to receive a complete listing of JPMA members, please visit www.jpma.org. Connect with JPMA on Facebook, Twitter @JPMA or on YouTube to learn more about additional programs and safety initiatives.
Lea Panel, Loft and Bunk Beds
The bed’s side mattress support rails can break, posing a fall hazard.
Lea Industries; toll-free at (888) 770-7116, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.leaindustries.com and click on Recall for more information.
In conjunction with: Canada
About 59,200 in the U.S. and 4,200 in Canada
This recall involves the side rails on 34 different Lea children’s bed collections, including loft, bunk and panel styles in twin, full and queen sizes. The wooden beds were sold in various wood finishes and paint colors, including black or white. The beds have two side mattress support rails connecting the headboard to the footboard and slats or a Bunkie board to support the mattress. Item numbers and purchase order numbers included in this recall are listed below. The date code, rail item number and purchase order number are located on a white label on the inside of one of the side rails. Date codes between August 2008 and March 2013, shown as 8-2008 through 3-2013, are included in this recall. Platform beds manufactured since 2010 are not included in this recall. Recalled bed names, item numbers and purchase order numbers include:
|Item Number on Bed Rail||Bed Collection Name||Purchase Order Numbers|
|012-023, 012-024||Haley||IM92784 through IM94038 for all beds, except platform beds made since 2010|
|060-099, 060-975||Sponge Bob Surf Club|
|070-099||Lea Elite Zoe|
|134-099||Lea Elite Boutique|
|139-076, 139-099||Lea Elite Logan County|
|145-076, 145-099||Lea Elite Covington|
|147-076, 147-099||Lea Elite Hannah|
|148-076, 148-097, 148-099
149-076, 149-097, 149-099
|Lea Elite Retreat|
|203-091, 203-094, 203-097||Jessica McClintock|
|207-963C, 207-963W||Bunks and Lofts|
|207-965C, 207-965W||Bunks and Lofts|
|228-091, 228-094, 228-097||Jessica McClintock-Cherry|
|237-076, 237-097, 237-099||Americana|
|302-076, 302-09C||Jackson Creek|
|342-064N, 342-076N||My Place-Maple|
|343-064N, 343-076N||The Getaway-White|
|711-076, 711-091, 711-097||Freetime|
|816-076, 816-091, 816-094,
|Lea Elite Classics|
|826-076, 826-091, 826-094,
|Lea Elite Crossover|
|846-091, 846-094, 846-097||Lea Elite Rhapsody|
|856-076, 856-091, 856-094,
856-097, 856-923, 856-924
|Lea Elite Expressions|
|876-076, 876-091, 876-094,
876-097, 876-923, 876-924
|Lea Elite Reflections|
|950-099, 950-939||Nick and Funtime|
|960-097, 960-099, 960-923, 960-924||Tweennick|
There have been 22 reports of incidents involving the recalled beds in the U.S. since 2009 and one in Canada. Two injuries were reported. In a 2009 incident in Madison, Wisconsin, an 11-year-old girl was placing a fitted sheet on the top bunk when the child, mattress and bed supports collapsed on her 6-year-old sister in the bed below. The 6 year old was treated at a hospital emergency department for a head injury involving a cut to her face.
Consumers should immediately stop using the beds and contact Lea Industries to receive free replacement side rails for the beds.
Direct Buy stores and furniture stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com and various other websites from August 2008 through March 2013 for between $400 and $3,000.
Lea Industries, High Point, N.C.
China and Vietnam
Courtesy of Consumer Product Safety Commission
Parents use a variety of methods to clean a baby’s pacifier: rinsing it in tap water, boiling it, or putting it in their own mouth and sucking on it before giving it back to the baby. According to a new study, parents who “clean” their child’s pacifier by sucking on it can also protect their infant from developing allergies. The study, “Pacifier Cleaning Practices and Risk of Allergy Development,” in the June 2013 issue of Pediatrics (published online May 6), examined 184 infants at 18 and 36 months of age for clinical allergy symptoms and sensitization to food and airborne allergens.
Researchers found that children whose parents sucked on their pacifiers to clean them had one-third the risk of developing eczema (the most common early manifestation of allergy), at 18 months of age, compared to children whose parents did not use this cleaning practice. Development of eczema up to 36 months of age was significantly lower in children whose parents sucked on their pacifiers during the first 6 months of life. Additionally, infants who were vaginally delivered and experienced parental pacifier sucking also had a reduced incidence of eczema at 18 months of age. Study authors conclude that early exposure to parental saliva may help stimulate the baby’s immune system, resulting in a reduced risk of allergy development.
Courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics
For over 20 years Sealy has been making crib mattresses so baby and parents can have a peaceful night of sleep. We take great pride in our crib mattresses made of the finest quality materials and workmanship right here in the USA, so naturally we are ecstatic over our Sealy crib mattresses winning the Women’s Choice Award.
The Women’s Choice Award is given to America’s best baby brands for being brands that moms would most highly recommend! Behind the Women’s Choice Award is the voice of female consumers who help each other identify businesses who deserve their loyalty and referrals. The Seal of Excellence symbolizes women who are helping women identify businesses that value the customer experience and appreciate the needs and preferences of their female consumers.
Now you can rest assured that when your baby is sleeping on a Sealy crib mattress, thousands of moms are giving you 2 thumbs up for giving your baby the best sleeping environment possible. The Women’s Choice Award is one more proof that baby sleeps best when on a Sealy crib mattress.
To read more about our Sealy crib mattresses and the Women’s Choice Award, please visit the Women Certified website.
Sponsored by Sealy
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The hands on the plush dolls can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
The Land of Nod at (800) 933-9904 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online atwww.landofnod.com and click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.
This recall includes plush handmade baby dolls in five styles and colors. The all fabric dolls measure about 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. The dolls are dressed in a one piece printed floral fabric outfit with a white lace trimmed hood over the head of the dolls.
|Product Name||Color||SKU Number||Item Number|
The SKU number is printed on a sewn-in label attached to the right leg of the doll and on a hang tag fastened to the right arm.
The firm has received one report of the doll hand detaching and three reports of the dolls hands loosening. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled dolls away from the child and return the dolls to The Land of Nod for a full merchandise credit.
Sold exclusively at
The Land of Nod stores and online at www.landofnod.com from October 2012 to March 2013 for about $30.
The Land of Nod, of Morton Grove, Ill.
Radiant Exports, Noida, India
Courtesy of U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission
WHITE PLAINS, NY, APRIL 17, 2013 – Celebrities from music, film, television, and sports are lending their star power to bring attention to this year’s March for Babies, the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that will take place in 750 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in most communities at the end of April.
This is a special year because the March of Dimes is celebrating its 75th anniversary. From Frank Sinatra to Kelly Clarkson, major stars have always supported the Foundation’s work for stronger, healthier babies. Nearly 4 million babies are born each year in the United States and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through cutting-edge research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.
March for Babies has been held annually since 1970 and has raised a combined total of more than $2 billion to help all babies get a healthy start in life. The goal for this year’s event is to raise more than $109 million.
“The support the March of Dimes receives from every volunteer is invaluable, and celebrity support always has been a hallmark of our history,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Today, millions of people, including celebrities, sports stars, community leaders and families of babies born prematurely help support the March of Dimes work for stronger, healthier babies. We hope everyone will participate in our signature fundraiser, March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org.”
Among those taking part in 2013 March for Babies:
In New York City, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning of the New York Giants is serving as March for Babies Celebrity Chair for the Manhattan March for Babies taking place on Sunday, April 28 near Lincoln Center. March for Babies National Chair Bill Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Engines at GE Aviation, and Dr. Howse will join Manning to help kick off the walk’s opening ceremonies.
Internationally famed model Niki Taylor will help kick off March for Babies at Miami’s Tropical Park the morning of Saturday, April 27th. This is the second year Niki will return to her hometown community to volunteer and lend her voice in support of the walk for healthier babies. As a Mom of four, Niki is proud to bring her own family out to encourage fellow moms and supporters to join her and do all they can for stronger, healthier babies.
The Los Angeles March for Babies will take place on April 27th in Exposition Park and will be hosted by television personality Samantha Harris. She shares her inspiration and commitment to March of Dimes mission inthis video. International superstar Dayanara Torres will help welcome walkers at the event. She will be joined by friends and family who have formed a walk team in support of a premature baby in their lives. Fellow celebrity momLinda Cardellini will join in this year’s Los Angeles March for Babies.
To encourage everyone to sign up for March for Babies, racing driver Brian Vickers drove the FedEx #11 March of Dimes car on April 13 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Eight year-old 2013 March of Dimes National Ambassador Nina Centofanti, born nine weeks premature, got a special treat when she met the most successful woman in racing history, Danica Patrick. FedEx racing outfitted Nina with an official fire suit for pre-race activities to help promote March of Dimes 75th Anniversary and March for Babies. See more about the race on the March for Babies blog.
Nina and her family will help lead at two March for Babies events. The first will be with the GE Healthcare national team at the Milwaukee March for Babies on April 27th. The Centofanti family also will join United Airlines at the Chicago Lakefront Walk in Grant Park on April 28th. Learn more about our 2013 National Ambassador by watching Nina’s Story.
United Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor of the March of Dimes National Ambassador Program. The 2013 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Macy’s, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Famous Footwear, Actavis, Mission Pharmacal, and United Airlines.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
Courtesy of March of Dimes
Specific elements of music have therapeutic qualities that may be beneficial to a growing premature infant. Recorded music has a fixed meter and decibel level, which cannot be adapted to meet the needs of a compromised infant the way live music can.
According to a study in the May 2013 issue of Pediatrics, “The Effects of Music Therapy on Vital Signs, Feeding, and Sleep in Premature Infants,” three different types of music therapy interventions— live ocean disc whoosh sounds, gato box rhythms, and parent’s sung lullabies—had a positive health effect on preemies. Researchers studied 272 infants in 11 hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), and found that live music provided by a certified music therapist can increase a premature infant’s capacity to feed, sleep, and self-regulate, whereas noise can have a negative impact on growth and development.
Music therapy—in particular, the use of live, entrained (matched, in the moment with the infant’s breathing rate) breath and heart beat sounds, as well as parent-preferred lullabies can enhance a premature infant’s vitals and provide opportunities for bonding. Lullabies, especially the singing of ‘songs of kin’ (parent-selected, culturally relevant songs) also eases the stress and anxiety of mothers and fathers, enhancing ease and attachment through NICU stays.
Study authors determine that music therapy programs provide a valuable service to premature infants in the NICU. Parents should be encouraged to sing to their babies, providing a familiar and comforting voice, with a familiar theme, to help develop the emotional bond between the premature infant and parent.
Content courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging that consumers stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product:
Baby high chairs
The front opening between the tray and seat bottom of the high chair can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck. This poses a strangulation hazard to young children when the child is not harnessed.
BabyHome USA Inc. toll-free at (888) 758-5712 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online atwww.babyhome.es and click on “Eat Recall” for more information.
This recall includes Eat model high chairs in red, black, green, purple, navy, orange, and brown. The model number BH2104 is located on a label on the back of the high chair. The word “babyhome” is printed on one leg of the chair and the word “eat” is printed on the opposite leg of the chair. The high chairs have a nylon fabric seat with a plastic tray and metal frame. The high chairs measure about 36 inches high and 24 inches wide. There is a printed white “babyhome” logo shaped like a backwards letter “h” on the seatback. The recalled high chairs have lot numbers: BH00301/01-2012, BH00303/07-2012, BH00304/09-2012 and BH00304/09-2012. The lot numbers are located on a sticker affixed to the bottom of the footrest.
Consumers should stop using the high chairs immediately and contact BabyHome USA to receive a free crotch restraint repair kit.
Juvenile product stores nationwide including USA Baby, Magic Beans and RC Willey and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com and Diapers.com from March 2012 through February 2013 for about $150.
BabyHome USA, Inc., of Chester, N.J.
BabyHome SA., of Sabadell, Spain
Name of product:
Bugaboo Cameleon3 Strollers
The stroller’s carrying handle can break and detach posing a fall hazard.
Bugaboo Americas, at (800) 460-2922, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.bugaboo.com, and click on “Important Safety Announcements” at the bottom left of the page for more information.
In conjunction with Canada
About 9,200 in the U.S. and 960 in Canada
This recall involves the Bugaboo Cameleon3 strollers. The stroller has an aluminum and plastic frame with rubberized wheels, a removable seat and bassinet, a removable “U”-shaped carry handle, an under-the-seat storage bag and a sun canopy. The bassinet, seat and sun canopy come in a variety of colors. The removable carry handle is used to transport the bassinet or seat separately from the chassis. The words “Bugaboo” and “Cameleon3” appear on a fabric tag on the side of the sun canopy. Strollers included in the recall have serial numbers from 19010 11153 00001 to 19010 51248 00215. Serial numbers are printed on a horizontal bar of the stroller’s chassis beneath the seat.
Bugaboo has received 16 reports of carry handles breaking. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately remove the carry handle from the stroller’s bassinet or seat and contact Bugaboo for a free replacement handle. While awaiting the replacement handle, consumers can continue to use the seat or bassinet when attached to the chassis but should not attempt to use the seat or bassinet separate from the chassis.
Buy Buy Baby, Toys R Us and other baby product stores nationwide, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, online at Bugaboo.com and other online retailers from September 2012 to March 2013 for between $889 and $1,600.
Bugaboo Americas, of El Segundo, Calif.
Bugaboo International B.V., of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Courtesy of Consumer Product Safety Commission
Name of product:
Imaginarium Activity Walkers
The small bolt and spacer that attaches each front wheel to the walker can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Toys R Us at (800) 869-7787 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm’s website at www.toysrus.comand click on Safety Information and Recalls for more information.
The recalled Imaginarium Activity Walkers have a round wooden push handle on the top of a curved triangle-shaped wooden walker base with four wheels. There is a multi-colored metal xylophone with 2 triangle mallets, 1 multi-colored abacus and 1 scratch noise maker on the front of the walker. The walkers have multi-colored wooden, disc-shaped wheels. The walkers measure about 19 inches tall and about 13 inches wide. The recalled walkers have model number “Toys ‘R’ Us 5F5E972” printed on the bottom of the activity walkers. Barcode number “3700217300319” is printed on the bottom of the activity walker box.
Toys R Us has received five reports of the front wheels detaching. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should stop using the recalled walker immediately, put it out of reach of young children and return it to a Toys R Us store for a full refund or store credit.
Sold exclusively at
Toys R Us stores nationwide and online at www.toysrus.com from August 2011 through January 2013 for about $30.
Toys R Us Inc., of Wayne, N.J.
Courtesy of CPSC.gov