Graco car seats
Hazard: The webbing on some of the convertible car
seats do not meet federal requirements for breaking
Description: Graco My Ride TM 65 convertible
car seats have a webbing tag code of “2014/06.”
Recalled model numbers with affected dates include: 1908152 (7/23/2014 through 7/27/2014);
1813074 (6/20/2014 through 7/27/2014);
1872691 (5/16/2014 through 8/1/2014);
1853478 (7/11/2014 through 7/27/2014);
1871689 (7/5/2014 through 7/24/2014); 1877535
(5/26/2014 through 7/27/2014); 1813015
(7/3/2014 through 7/24/2014); and 1794334
(5/20/2014 through 7/15/2014).
Sold at: Online and in stores for $119 to $199.
Remedy: While waiting for a free replacement kit
with new harness restraints, Graco says customers
can continue to use the convertible car seats.
Contact: Call 800-345-4109 or visit https://pages.
Light-up spinner toys
Units: About 43,400
Hazard: The battery cover can detach and expose
the small coin cell batteries, which young children
can choke on or swallow.
Description: Recalled are
light-up spinner toys sold in
two themes: Easter and July
4th. The Easter-themed toys
were sold with a pink bunny
or a yellow and orange chicken on the dome. The July 4th
spinners are red with white
stars painted on the blue
dome. “Hobby Lobby” and
item number 9130033 or
9130082 are printed on the spinner handle. The
spinners are powered by three LR44 coin cell batteries.
Sold at: Hobby Lobby and Mardel stores nationwide from February to April 2017 for about $5.
Remedy: Return spinners to the nearest Hobby Lobby or Mardel store with a receipt for a refund. Store
credit will be given for returns without a receipt.
Contact: Call 800-326-7931 or visit www.hobby
Units: About 25,000
Hazard: The plastic eyes on the plush toys can
detach, and children can choke on them.
Description: Recalled are three types of plush animals. Oliver the Bear is brown and tan and has a blue
T-shirt and a red removable cape. Chewie is a brown
and white English Bulldog with a blue patch sewn
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of the following
products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise instructed. Consumers can
submit reports of harm to CPSC’s searchable online product safety database at www.SaferProducts.gov.
A searchable food and medical product recall database is available at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.
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INFORMATION FROM YOUR PEDIATRICIAN
from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Age Group Type of Seat General Guidelines
Infants & toddlers • Rear-facing – only All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat
• Rear-facing convertible until they are at least 2 years of age or reach the highest
weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer.
Toddlers & • Convertible Children who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height
preschoolers • Forward-facing with limit for their convertible seat should use a forward-facing
harness seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest
weight or height allowed by their car safety manufacturer.
School-aged children • Booster seats All children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing
limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning
booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically
when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8
through 12 years of age. All children younger than 13 should
ride in the back seat.
Older children • Seat belts When children are old enough and large enough for the vehicle
seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use lap and
shoulder seat belts for the best protection. All children younger than 13 years should ride in the back seat.
Types of Car Seats
Safe RV road trips begin by buckling seat belts, using car seats
Traveling across the country in a recreational vehicle (RV) can be exciting for
kids of all ages. To keep everyone safe in your home on wheels, be sure to
use seat belts and car seats.
When buying or renting an RV, families should look for safe seating arrangements for
everyone, said Benjamin D. Hoffman, M.D., FAAP, a pediatric transportation safety expert
and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) member.
“That’s certainly the best, that you have a forward-facing seating position with a seat belt available for any passenger,
whether they’re going to be riding in a car seat, booster seat or just in a seat belt,” he said.
Families can use AAP car safety seat guidance when selecting a seat for their child.
Following is additional safety advice for RV travel:
• Do not sit on side- or rear-facing benches when the RV is moving. “Car safety seats and booster seats are
only approved for use in a forward-facing vehicle seat using either a seat belt to attach it or the lower anchor
attachment,” Dr. Hoffman said.
• Choose an RV that meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208. These RVs have type 2 (lap and shoulder)
belts in all forward-facing seating positions. Type 1 belts (lap only) are not safe for children.
• Tow the RV or drive a second car. If there aren’t enough safe seating positions for everyone, bring a second
vehicle or rent a tow-behind style RV.
• Don’t distract the driver. Drivers must focus on the road. RVs have a longer stopping distance, maneuver differently
and take longer to avoid road hazards.
• Remember the laws of physics. “It’s a house on wheels, and there’s a ton of stuff,” Dr. Hoffman said. “If a vehicle
is moving 60 mph, everything inside the vehicle is moving 60 mph, including the passengers, the blender and
everything else. If you’re unrestrained at any point, you’re a potential human missile.”
RVs also are prone to rolling over, the most dangerous type of crash, Dr. Hoffman said.
“Parents should strive to be just as safe with their kids in the RV and do exactly what they would do in their passenger
vehicle in that RV.”
For more information about car seat safety, visit Healthy Children at http://bit.ly/2lzSyeL.
— Trisha Korioth