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Bestar Recalls Juvenile Dressers Due to Tip-Over Hazard

Author Deirnesa Jefferson

Bestar recently recalled its Juvenile dressers due to a tip over and entrapment hazard that can result in injury to children

About the Juvenile Dresser Recall 

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Canadian manufacturer Best. Inc recently announced a recall of its Dream Dressers because the dressers are unstable and pose a serious tip over hazard that can result in death or serious injury to children.

Though the units are mainly sold in Canada about 26 units were sold in the United States. There were no reported injuries in the U.S. but there was one report of a child in Canada receiving cuts and bruises from a dresser that tipped over. 

Description of the Recalled Dressers 

  • The recall involves the Bestar Dream Dressers which are juvenile five drawer dressers sold as part of the  the Juvenile four-piece children’s bedroom set.
  • The dressers were sold in the colors brown and white. The dressers are 48 inches high, 30 inches wide and 16 inches deep, and weigh about 108 lbs.
  • The brown dresser is model number 49250-1152 and the white dresser is model number 49250-1117.
What Consumers Should Do 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dressers and place the furniture into areas that children cannot access. 

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1,400 SCOTT Bicycles Recalled for Falling Hazard

Author Liana DeMasi

SCOTT has recalled approximately 1,400 bicycles due to possibilities that the bicycle’s seats post can break, causing a falling hazard to the rider.

About the SCOTT Bicycle Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), SCOTT bicycles with SYNRCOS seat posts have been recalled.

The seat posts have a potential to break, creating a falling hazard for riders. It is advised that riders stop using the recalled products immediately and return them to an authorized SCOTT dealer to have a free replacement seat post installed.

There have been 11 incidents of seat posts breaking outside of the U.S. No injuries have been reported.

Description of the Recalled Bicycles

  • These seat posts were sold at authorized SCOTT dealers’ in-store and online from June 2015 to March 2016 for $3,300 to $9,700.
  • “SCOTT” is printed on the bicycle down tube and “SYNCROS” is printed on the seat post. Products were imported and distributed through Salt Lake City, Utah and manufactured in Taiwan.
  • Bicycle models recalled include: Addict CX 10 disc, Addict SL, Addict Team Issue, Addict 10, Addict 15, Addict 20, Addict Gravel disc, Solace Premium disc, Solace 10 disc, Frame set Addict 10 (HMF), Frame set Addict CX 10 disc (HMX) mech / Di2 and Seatpost Syncros FL1.0 Carbon Offset 27.2mm.

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#GoCordless Campaign Seeks to Improve Window-Blind Safety after Child Deaths

Author Jennifer Jussell

On March 31st, Parents for Window-Blind Safety launched the #GoCordless movement in an effort to prevent future child deaths due to window cord strangulation

Details of the #GoCorless Campaign

Accordign to The Arizona Republic, founder and safety advocate for Parents for Window-Blind Safety Linda Kaiser along with her husband, Matt, lost their one-year-old daughter, Cheyenne Rose, when she became entangled in a window cord and strangled to death in 2002. The goal of the group is to discourage families with small children from using window cords in their homes, and to teach safety for families that still have them. They hoped to prevent any more children from suffering the same senseless death that their daughter suffered. 

The new #GoCordless movement is born this year out of yet another tragedy under similar circumstances. One morning in 2009, John Mar and his wife, Pratima Sampat-Mar of Queen Creek walked into their daughter Nyah's room to find her unresponsive. There was a window-blind cord wrapped around her neck. Both parents performed CPR on the 2-year-old, but she was pronounced dead soon after in the hospital. 

The couple was shocked. They installed multiple safety-devices in their home, and were careful to keep all window-blind cords out of reach. When they had their window coverings installed, the company's employee reassured them that the blinds they had chosen were childproof. Even so, none of these measures worked to save their young daughter. 

"The hidden cords, the short cords, it doesn't matter," Pratima said. "Manufacturers will tell you to tie them up and put them up high, but as far as we are concerned, there is no safe cord." 

The two sets of parents have joined forces to form the #GoCordless movement, which challenges manufacturers and consumers to go cordless in an effort to avoid window-covering accidents altogether. 

Phoenix-based company Steele Blinds is the first company to accept the challenge, becoming the first custom window-blind company to go 100% cordless. They have been up and running for a little over a month, and have yet to receive a negative comment or complaint. 

"I think there has been an awareness from what happened with our daughter," John said. "The thing is, it's a tragedy and if it can be avoided, every step should be taken so that it is avoided." 

Cord Injury Statistics and Common Causes

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission: 

  • On average, more than 20 children every year in the U.S. are injured or killed by cords from window coverings. 
  • The most at-risk are children between 7 months and 7 years of age. 
  • Horizontal-type blinds account for about 60% of all strangulation accidents. 
  • The continuous loop found on most vertical-type blinds and draperies are responsible for the other 40% of strangulation accidents. 

According to the Parents for Window-Blind Safety Commission, the most common causes of window-blind entanglement are: 

  • Loops created by a tangled cord
  • At least one long cord wrapping around the child's neck
  • The loop above the single tassel of the cord
  • The loop above the stop ball of the cord
  • The loop created when the pull-cord was tied to another object. 

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