Safety Archive

Just a friendly reminder… rare earth magnets not worth the risk they pose to children and pets

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I was reading some articles while drinking coffee this morning and I came upon a news article that made my heart sink. A previous ban on the sale of rare earth magnet toys has been overturned and they will return to the shelves.

After multiple instances of children suffering internal injuries after swallowing these neodymium magnets, the Consumer Product Safety Commission got them taken off the market. The manufacturer won an appeal, though, just in time for the holiday shopping season. 🙁

Pbuckyballs-standardlease read my previous article: When Attractions Go Bad for a full run down, but in summary these are small kitchsy “toys” meant for adults. They are extremely powerful magnets that, when swallowed by children or pets, attract together in the digestive tract, pinch it off, and cause necrosis and sepsis. You don’t know this has happened until the symptoms are severe and it’s too late.

With the holiday season upon us, we are all out looking for fun things to buy for our family and friends. Please reconsider when you notice these. They can kill a child or pet and damage a family forever. No gift is worth that.

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Halloween – The Most Dangerous Night of the Year

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The risk of a child pedestrian being killed by a driver is twice as high on Halloween night.

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If you are driving today (especially during the hours of 4-8 pm when most young pedestrian deaths occur) please exercise extreme caution and follow these tips:

1. Drive slowly and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.
2. Park your cell phone. Tonight is the worst possible night to be a distracted driver!
3. Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere and most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.
4. Always yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or don’t know how to safely cross the street.
5. Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals and if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights.

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!

Evenflo Recalls Evolve Combination Seat

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Evenflo Platinum Evolve - ToryEvenflo is recalling certain Evolve combination seats because some children are able to reach the harness release button, allowing them to loosen the harness while they’re in the seat. No injuries have been reported.

The recall covers seats manufactured prior to February 9, 2016, with model numbers 34411700 and 34411741 in the United States and 34411700C in Canada. Registered owners should automatically receive the recall kit, but parents can check Evenflo’s website or can call the company at 1-800-233-5921 (U.S.) or 1-88-265-0749 (Canada) to determine if their seats are affected. The recall kit consists of a new harness adjustment button assembly and installation instructions. A video of the installation instructions can be found here.

If you own an Evolve car seat and are using it in booster mode, you can continue safely using the seat as a booster since the recall is for the harness portion only.

If you own an Evolve and are using it in harnessed mode, you have a couple options while you wait for your fix kit to arrive:

evolve-recallIf your child has not shown an interest in loosening it, or cannot reach the harness adjustment button with the harness straps tightened properly, you can monitor the situation while continuing to use the seat.

If your child is loosening the harness, the first thing you should do is the Pinch Test to double check that the harness straps are tight enough. It’s a lot easier to reach the button if the harness isn’t properly snug. A snug harness has no visible slack and you cannot pinch any webbing in the straps above the chest clip near the collar bone. In our experience, most younger kids can’t manipulate the button if the harness is appropriately snug because their arms just aren’t long enough. Older kids with longer arms are more likely to be able to reach the adjuster and unlock it.

If the harness is snug but the child can reach the adjuster button and persists in loosening the harness, Evenflo suggests using the seat in booster mode (if the child is at least 40 pounds and 44 inches tall) until the remedy kit arrives. If the child is under that height/weight and playing with the adjuster, Evenflo recommends discontinuing use of the seat until the remedy kit is applied.

The Evolve is a “sister seat” to the Evenflo Transitions car seat. The Transitions was recalled for an identical problem back in February.

2016 Graco Milestone Label Recall

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Graco is recalling about 6,000 Milestone All-in-One carseats due to missing information on a label. This DOES NOT affect the safety of the carseats, but the information is required by NHTSA. The phrase, “secure this child restraint with the vehicle’s child restraint anchorage system, if available, or with a vehicle belt,” is missing from a large label on the side of the carseat.

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Graco Milestone carseats affected include models manufactured between July 2015 and October 2015:

Milestone Model #s Manufacture Dates
1910130 07/09/2015 through 10/09/2015
1923980 08/04/2015
1926538 09/12/2015
1926539 08/17/2015

You can find the model number and date of manufacture on the back of the carseat or on the bottom on a label that looks like this:

2016 Milestone sample DOM label

For more information on the recall, visit the Graco Milestone Recall page.