I hate to see a recall on a GOOD product, when it is due to parent neglect. Recalls damage a product’s reputation, and perhaps the company as a whole. It is sad when a company’s reputation is damaged because parents are stupid and careless.
I receive recall notices from the CPSC through an email list I subscribe to. Every now and then I get one for a product we own. The latest one I received is for our Graco Metrolite stroller.
Here is an excerpt from the recall notice:
Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation.
Does anyone else find this ridiculous? First of all, who leaves a baby in a stroller unattended? Especially when they aren’t harnessed? Not only could they slip out, if they are old enough, they could climb out and fall. I can see from the description in the recall how this could possibly happen, but if you are a responsible parent it won’t happen. A child should NEVER be left unattended in a stroller. That is just common sense.
Our infant car seat was from Graco, and we own two Graco strollers, and we have never had any issues with them. This recall certainly doesn’t affect my perception of that brand.
Another ridiculous recall I remember was the Bumbo recall a few years ago. Apparently people were leaving their babies unattended in the Bumbo seat ON TOP OF A TABLE and a few fell off the tables and suffered skull fractures. Give me a break. There was obviously nothing wrong with the Bumbo seat, since the recall was just to put new warning labels on them. The problem was the apparent lack of brain cells these parents had.
I also see recalls all the time for blinds and hooded jackets with draw strings. I mean ALL THE TIME. Why bother making these products anymore when they will just get recalled? I’m surprised that sneakers are still made with laces.
I realize that freak accidents happen all the time, and it can happen to the best of us. Remember when I let Bryce’s car seat fall off the bench? Well that certainly wasn’t Graco’s fault. It was my fault for momentarily losing my mind and setting the seat on the bench in the first place. At least he was strapped in and the car seat protected him. Yes, I was careless and stupid. Should I complain to the CPSC about the car seat? Absolutely not.
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