Baby Dressers Recalled Due to Tip-Over Hazard; Two Toddler Deaths Reported
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Million Dollar Baby is announcing a recall of 18,000 children's four-drawer dressers. When a young child climbs up on open dresser drawers, the dresser becomes unstable and poses the risk of tip over and entrapment.
CPSC and Million Dollar Baby have received two reports of deaths associated with these dressers. An 11-month-old boy and a 20-month-old girl were reported to have suffocated when their dressers tipped over, entrapping them between the dresser and the floor.
This voluntary recall involves 'Emily' style four-drawer dressers with model numbers M4712, M4722, M4732 and M4742 and similar 'Ryan' dressers with the model M4733. The dressers were sold in five finishes: Cherry, Ebony, Espresso, Honey Oak and White. The model number, 'Million Dollar Baby' and 'MADE IN TAIWAN' are printed on a label located on the back of the dresser.
The recalled dressers were sold at JCPenney and independent juvenile specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, BabiesRUs.com, BabyUniverse.com and other online retailers from January 2006 through June 2010.
The Million Dollar Baby dressers met applicable voluntary standards when first produced, but a May 2009 voluntary industry standard, and subsequent revisions published in October 2009 and November 2009, requires that tip-over restraints be sold with the dressers. The restraints attach to a wall, framing or other support to help prevent dresser tip-over entrapment hazards to young children.
Million Dollar Baby is offering free retrofit kits with tip-over restraints to consumers who have older dressers. Included in the kit is an adhesive warning label that consumers are to attach to the dresser, which describes how to prevent tip-over injuries.
Consumers should immediately stop using and keep the dresser out of a child's reach. Consumers can contact Million Dollar Baby to receive a free retrofit kit that contains a wall anchor strap, which attaches to the dresser and wall to help prevent the dresser from tipping. The kits can be ordered by calling 888-673-6652.
The Cost of Raising a Child Has Risen to Nearly $250,000
Hoping to have a baby? You may be less hopeful when you find out that it will cost almost a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child.According to the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) estimates, it will cost parents $233,610—nearly as much as $14,000 per year---to bring up a child from birth through the age of 17.
You Should Avoid Putting Sunscreen on Infants
A baby's skin is much thinner than that of older children and adults, and it absorbs the active, chemical ingredients in sunscreen more easily. This means that an infant's exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens is much greater, increasing the risk of an allergic reaction or inflammation.
There's Never an OK Time to Leave Babies and Pets in Cars
It'll only be a minute, you say. You crack the windows and lock the car leaving your sleeping infant cozy in her car seat. The problem is that it's never just a minute. It's always longer than that and it only takes 10 minutes for your car to heat up to dangerous temperatures—potentially killing or permanently injuring your child.
Eye Drops and Nasal Sprays Can Put Curious Kids at Risk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public to keep these products—which contain the active ingredients tetrahydrozoline, oxymetazoline, or naphazoline (known as imidazoline derivatives)—out of the reach of children at all times. The products are sold under various brand names such as Visine, Dristan and Mucinex, as well as in generic and store brands.