Bringing home a new baby or buying a birthday gift for a child? With thousands of products to choose from it is hard to determine the best choice and impossible to know what products may have a recall in the future. As a consumer, be sure to complete the registration card provided with each product. Once a recall is announced, the manufacturer will send you the information for a refund or replacement parts.

Did you buy a product second-hand? Do some research to make sure there is no recall and if so, discontinue use until repair is made or replace the product.

Items to Avoid Buying Second-Hand

Car seats

Child-passenger safety seats are extremely important to avoid buying used, not only because of the recalls, but knowing the history of the car seat is extremely important. The car seat is the most important safety device that can be used to protect a child in the car; risking the history of that car seat could lead to potential dangers. Car seats also have an expiration date and should not be used beyond that date as car seats are made of plastic and over time plastic will start to break down.


New federal safety regulations were set for cribs a few years ago. All cribs manufactured and sold (including resale) must comply with new and improved federal safety standards. The new rules, which apply to full-size and non-full-size cribs, prohibit the manufacture or sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs, strengthen crib slats and mattress supports, improve the quality of hardware and require more rigorous testing.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s safety standards address the major design flaws that have killed or injured so many infants in recent years, including the so-called “drop-side.” The rules, established a few years ago, require manufacturers and retailers to meet new safer crib standards that include making crib hardware more durable and mattress supports stronger. The rules also require more rigorous testing of cribs by manufacturers.

New Product Buying Guidelines

  • Do the research
  • Check for recalls
  • Register the product
  • Read the manual

Injury Risks Areas