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Some Dangerous Baby Products Still on Store Shelves

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A warning for parents. There are dangerous baby products that can cause injuries... Even death and some of them are still on store shelves.

Bring home a new baby and you bring home a house full of new equipment, products parents presume are safe to use.

"One of the most serious challenges there are products that may appear to give parents a false sense of security."

David Butler is Deputy Director for Consumers Union in Washington D.C. The Consumers Union says products are designed and sold, and only after being used by children do some safety problems surface.

"That's always the challenge is making sure that those products are the very safest that they can be and when necessary trying to get these dangerous products off the store shelves but it is a very complex process that can take a while," Butler explains.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, is in charge of tracking injuries and working with manufacturers to redesign products and sometimes issue a recall.  At the CPSC's lab, products are tested for safety and dangerous designs discovered.

1. Drop side cribs: More than 11 million have been recalled & 32 babies have died

"It was specifically the drop side detached hazard and what happens the baby can get caught, feet first... get caught at the head and neck area and strangle," explains CPSC spokesperson Nikki Fleming.

2. Beware of soft bedding: There have been at least 12 deaths

The CPSC says nearly half of all crib deaths are from suffocation. It warns never put pillows, quilts, cushions or even bumpers in the baby's crib.  Sleep positioners can also be problematic and the CPSC says don't use them.

"Never want to use a sleep positioner, baby can turn to their side, get caught at the head area on the bolster and suffocate," Fleming explains.

3. Baby sling carriers: At least 14 deaths have been reported

"The commission is concerned about babies suffocating with the fabric against the nose and mouth or when the baby is in a curved position and gets caught chin to chest and can no longer breathe."

You can use slings safely, though. "Consumers should always make sure baby's head is exposed when using the sling carrier."

4. Bumbo seats were recalled & 21 skull fractures were reported

The seats were recalled for a fix after babies fell out of seats placed on elevated surfaces.

CPSC Spokeswoman Nikki Fleming, "You want to get the restraint strap and add it to your bumbo seat. A safer place is to always use the bumbo seat on the floor."

5. Baby bath seats

The seats seem like they would make bath time easier, but they are another problem. The seat can tip over and the baby can slip through the leg opening and drown.

6. Baby walkers

Walkers have been dangerous because of stairs. Fleming says, "Stairs and falls are the number one injury there, they fall off. Extremely dangerous and can be deadly."

The newer style of baby walkers have an anti-skid device that it stops at the top of stairs.

"When you're setting up a house for a baby it's overwhelming the number of products being marketed to you and the essential things that you really do need.' David Butler says. "That's why it's so important to do your homework to find out what you really need and what is considered safe."

Find out what consumers are complaining about when it comes to all kinds of products before you go shopping. Check the government website Saferproducts.gov, it includes potentially dangerous products and products that have already been recalled.

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