21 MILLION RECALLED PRODUCTS, TWO REISSUED RECALLS DEMONSTRATE ONGOING SAFETY CONCERNS IN FIRST HALF OF 2011

SafetyBook.org consumer product and vehicular recall analysis for first-half 2011

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – (June 30, 2011) – According to SafetyBook.org,  a comprehensive consumer product safety monitoring service, more than 11 million consumer products were recalled during the second quarter of 2011, including over 2 million (or 19%) that were a direct threat to the safety and well-being of American children.  This brings the total number of consumer product recalls for the first half of 2011 to 176, totalling more than 22 million products.  About 5 million or 23% of were deemed a direct threat to children, including two noteworthy reissued recalls due to ongoing injuries.

Additionally, 110 motor vehicle recalls were issued between April 1st and June 30th, representing more than 1.2 million vehicles.  Approximately 5.6 million motor vehicles have been recalled during the first half of 2011.

“Few people realize the volume of safety recalls that jeopardise the well-being of our families and children every month,” said Dan Verakis, founder and CEO of SafetyBook.org.  “Our greatest concern is when we see the reissue of a prior recall because people weren’t properly notifed and children continue to be injured or killed as a result.”

Noteably, two major recalls have been reissued already during 2011.  Delta Enterprise Corp. reissued a 2008 recall of nearly 1 million drop-side cribs due to the death of a 7-month-old girl in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Likewise, Maclaren USA, Inc. reissued a prior recall of about 1 million single and double umbrella strollers recalled in November 2009, due to ongoing fingertip amputations and lacerations.

“Reissued recalls are especially disturbing because it means people aren’t getting notified, millions of dangerous products remain in homes, and children get harmed as a result.  Clearly, a product recall is a defective process,” Verakis said.

SafetyBook.org’s comprehensive analysis of second quarter 2011 U.S. consumer product and vehicle safety recalls included data compiled from government regulators including the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA).

2nd Quarter 2011 Product Recalls

The top 10 major consumer product recalls affecting children during the second quarter of 2011 include:

  1. 898,000 Children’s Pain & Fever Concentrated Drops bottles by Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  2. 375,000 Circo Child booster seats recalled by Target
  3. 240,000 Adventure Playsets Wooden Swing Sets by Adventure Playsets
  4. 90,000 Girl’s Tops by My Michelle
  5. 76,000 infant bed-side sleepers by Arm’s Reach Concepts Inc.
  6. 75,000 American Girl Crafts Pearly Beads & Ribbon bracelets kits by EKSuccess
  7. 51,700 Circo Aloma infant girls sandals recalled by Target
  8. 40,500 Troy the Activity Trucks by Infantino LLC
  9. 36,000 beaded curtains by GMA Accessories Inc.
  10. 30,000 metal futon bunk beds by Big Lots

2nd Quarter of 2011 Vehicle Recalls

The auto manufacturers with the highest number of auto recalls in second quarter of 2011 include:

vehicle recalls Q2 2011

First Half 2011 Vehicle Recall Analysis

During the first half of 2011, there were 309 recall campaigns representing 5.6 million faulty vehicles. Toyota U.S.A. recalled the largest number of vehicles – 2.5 million, representing 45% of all vehicles recalled during the first half of 2011. Ford Motor Company has recalled the second largest number of vehicles (more than 866,000) so far in 2011.

[TO UPDATE: Consumers can access the full list of product and vehicle recall details at: www.safetybook.org/newsandlinks.aspx]

SafetyBook.org provides one convenient place online for consumers to easily register key items like car seats, child products, home appliances, vehicles, and others. The company then monitors those items and alerts consumers if one is recalled. For more information about product recalls and SafetyBook.org, please visit www.SafetyBook.org.

 

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