(WMC-TV) – Dangerous baby products that can cause injuries, or even death, are still on store shelves.
When you bring home a new baby, you usually also bring home a lot of new equipment. But not all of those products are safe to use.
David Butler is the 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 safety problems surface.
"One of the most serious challenges, there are products that may appear to give parents a false sense of security," said David Butler, Consumers Union. "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."
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is in charge of tracking injuries and working with manufacturers to redesign products and sometimes issue a recall.
At the CPSC lab, products are tested for safety and dangerous designs, for example, drop side cribs. More than 11 million drop side cribs have been recalled.
"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," said CPSC Spokesperson Nikki Fleming.
Thirty-two babies have died.
Something else to be cautious about is soft bedding. The CPSC says nearly half of all crib deaths are from suffocation.
It warns to never put pillows, quilts, cushions, or even bumpers in the baby's crib.
The CPSC also urges parents to never use sleep positioners. They have led to at least 12 deaths.
"Never want to use a sleep positioner, baby can turn to their side, get caught at the head area on the bolster and suffocate," said Fleming.
Another worry are baby sling carriers. At least 14 deaths have been reported as a result of suffocation.
"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," explained Fleming.
Consumers should always make sure the baby's head is exposed when using the sling carrier
Falls can also injure children.
Recently, Bumbo seats were recalled for a fix after 21 skull fractures were reported after babies fell out of the seats that were placed on elevated surfaces.
"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," said Fleming.
Baby bath seats are another problem. The seat can tip over and the baby can slip through the leg opening and drown.
Another product the CPSC warns about is the baby walker. Stairs and falls are the number one reason these are considered dangerous
"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 that's why it's so important to do your homework to find out what you really need and what is considered safe," said David Butler.