In tough economic times, many parents are more willing to accept hand-me-downs or purchase baby toys, clothing or gear second hand.
While purchasing used items can be a great way to save money, be sure not to jeopardize your child’s safety in the process.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has a website specifically dedicated to alerting consumers to product recalls and providing them with important product safety news. They have specific areas of the site dedicated to children’s items and consumers can even sign up for email alerts that will notify them when a child related product is recalled.
Parents should check the CPSC website for recalls on products regularly and always before allowing their children to use a second hand product.
The few minutes it takes to scan the recent recall list may save you from heartache should a child suffer an injury related to a recalled item.