Being a mom, dad, auntie or paternal figure to a child means shopping for contraptions childless people don't think about. Some of these are meant to make a parent's life easier, others to keep a child entertained.
Nothing is more important than the safety of your child, niece, nephew, or grandchild (or other beloved kid in your life!). Parents often buy an array of products in order to improve their child's quality of life. Some of these may seem like harmless toys, gadgets, or even necessities meant to save a child's life.
With so many obligations, parents and those who love them do their best to help raise a happy child. Unfortunately, even products made with the best of intentions don't always work the way they should. Whether there are issues with inspection, a problem with the design or manufacture, or other problems, parents sometimes have to worry about paying attention to recalls.
Some of the items below are commonly used by moms and dads who want to save time, keep their children happy, or make sure they're comfortable. Thankfully, recalls aren't too common.
Statistics say that clothing caused approximately 345,836 ouchies in 2015 alone. Yikes! Here are recent recalls to know about.
20 Ritz Cracker Products
Ritz crackers and their many other products help mothers stay sane. Moms often keep in the pantry as a quick healthy-ish snack, they're easy to carry, and they're not too messy.
Most people don't think twice before buying these for their child, students, or other children in one's life. Unfortunately, there was a massive recall of Ritz sandwiches earlier this year. Their manufacturer, Mondelez Global LLC reported that one of the ingredients used to make the crackers could be tainted with salmonella.
Fortunately, no one experienced any health issues around the time the company made this announcement. Still, that meant moms scrambled for one more thing.
Most parents probably haven't heard of Colorations, but that's because the brand is mostly marketed and sold to schools. The boxes contain 200 crayons in assorted colors. Perfect for the classroom, right?
Discount School Supply had to recall the crayons in May because some of them were found to contain small shards of glass. The red crayon seemed to affected the most out of all the crayons.
The company went as far as to contact people that had bought these crayon sets so they could get a set of replacement crayons. At least the company did its best to follow through!
18 Graco Strollers
Strollers are definitely a must for parents who choose not to use a baby sling but want to remain mobile. Their use is ingrained in our culture and there are so many brands and models to choose from.
That doesn't mean manufacturers don't occasionally release products that require some changes. Graco recalled some of their strollers this year because a the risk posed to babies younger than 12 months old.
Of course, the company mentioned that parents had the responsibility of ensuring their child was properly strapped in to the stroller to avoid anything happening. The recall affected up to 2 million consumers.
17 Car Seats
Car seats keep your baby safe and are even required by law in many parts of the world. They're also notoriously difficult to figure out. Unfortunately, they can sometimes be the subject of recalls.
Eddie Bauer car seats were included in this list of several car seats that had to be recalled in July of this year. SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. wrote a comprehensive list of car seats that have faced issues within the past 10 years. The list also includes tips on how to know if your seat is safe, and what to do if your car seat is affected.
16 Grumpy Cat Toy
Grumpy Cat started out as a wholesome meme, but became brand everyone loves. With 8.6 million followers on the #1 social media site alone, you can bet that Grumpy Cat products went off the shelves as soon as they were available.
Unfortunately, the Grumpy Cat toy was recalled because his eyes could come off. Although the toy was marketed for kids over the age of three, as parents, we can all just imagine what could possibly happen if a child under that age was to get their hands on one of Grumpy Cat's eyes.
Thankfully, the manufacturer eventually offered to replace the defective products. So much for a very safe toy that makes children and parents happy!
15 Infantino Baby Slings
Baby slings are slightly easier to use than strollers. Some parents also prefer them because it's easier to use these when you live in a big city. Others prefer the feeling of closeness this provides the parents and child.
Unfortunately, baby slings were once the major subject of a recall in the United States and Canada. Infantino baby slings, in particular, were linked to three unfortunate cases. Even then, the CSPC warned the public that baby slings of all kinds could be potentially harmful to babies under four months old. Thankfully, the company took action and offered replacements for defective slings.
14 Rollerblading Helmets
Bike-riding, rollerblading, and skateboarding are popular sports that make parents panic just a little bit. Thankfully there's an array of safety accessories to choose from that can help keep your young risk-taker safe. Right?
Rollerblades R Us helmets were recalled earlier this year because they didn't meet federal safety standards. This means the helmets would, ironically, not offer full head protection.
These helmets were sold to schools at discounted prices. It's important to watch for Model 16, SK-501N helmets that say they're distributed from Rollerblades R Us. The recall affects helmets manufactured between September 2011 to April 2017.
13 Drop Side Cribs
Drop-side cribs are convenient, right? They let you push a part of the crib down so you can put your baby to bed more easily. They're also often the subject of recalls because their rails make it easy for a child to get trapped.
Parents who live in the United States should also know that drop-side cribs have been illegal to manufacture, sell, and even give away since 2011. This move became necessary because some parents would install parts of these cribs wrong. Some parts of these cribs were also made of plastic and weren't sturdy enough.
Parents who take their children to the movies have probably bought them Raisinets for the show. These chocolate-covered raisins seem like a good compromise between something delicious and semi-healthy.
Nestlé did a recall of fun-size bags of Raisinets because of the possibility of peanuts. Though this isn't too bad as far as food recalls go, the company did a voluntary recall due to the prevalence of nut allergies.
The company said this affected bags of Raisinets sold in places such as Don Quixote, Target, and Shop Rite. The company publicized this recall to help parents and others who might be allergic to peanuts.
11 Teething Tablets
Teething is painful for young children going through changes they don't understand. Parents often have a hard time being supportive during this transformation. They might buy crackers, teething toys, or even tablets just to help their baby get so much-needed relief.
Some parents bought Hyland's teething tablets because they thought it would help their child. The company had to recall their tablets because the chemicals were listed incorrectly on the product's ingredient list.
Plus, the teething tablets were linked to ten unfortunate cases. This was the second of two products that had unfortunate results for parents who were trying to help their children.
10 Wild & Wolf Xylophone
Toy xylophones are a rite of passage for many children. Though they make noise, it's still a great way for young children to learn about the joy of music. They also come in different colors and may help them unleash their inner Picasso.
BMC is a reputable bike company, but even they had to recall some of their Timemachine 01 bicycles. It turns out the front tire presented an increased risk of a fall.
The company asked people who purchased these bikes to get it inspected because a loose frame can cause the front tire to hit the down tube. Thankfully this only affected about 430 bicycles sold in the United States and affects bikes sold between September 2016 and June 2018.
BMC offered to replace one of the forks in the tires to improve security. This recall occurred after someone went through a mishap using this bike model.
8 Nutrex Pressure Cookers
Pressure cookers can totally save time and make it easier for parents to plan and cook healthier meals at home. Many a mom have depended on this simple contraption so they can save money. After all, eating out isn't cheap!
Rena Ware wound up recalling 700 Nutrex pressure cookers earlier this year. The pressure cookers were releasing steam at lower temperatures than they should have. The recall happened after 13 customers reported this issue to the company. The company offered free repairs to everyone affected.
7 Goldfish Crackers
Salmonella is often associated with eggs, meat, and even some vegetables. You'd never think that goldfish crackers could potentially be affected by this bacteria. You'd be wrong.
Pepperidge Farm, the parent company behind Goldfish Crackers did a voluntary recall of approximately 3.3 million units. The recall affected the United States. Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel were among some of the flavors but there are others.
The company assured customers that only Goldfish Crackers were being recalled. It didn't help that this recall occurred around the same as Ritz crackers. Dark times for snacks, indeed.
6 Frozen Vegetables
Frozen veggies are yet another secret parents can utilize in their quest to plan healthy meals for their families -- at least as long as they're don't have listeria. This bacteria is known to cause listeriosis within 3 to 21 days of infection. It can cause problems such as meningitis or infections in the brain of people with a weaker immune system.
Pictsweet Co. did a recall on two kinds of frozen vegetable blends this year because of the chance they might have been contaminated. The company states that contaminated onions may have tainted other vegetables. This affected vegetables from Walmart and Safeway.
5 Water Bottles
Getting kids to drink water is no easy task. Expensive bottles of water add up, and having a cute water bottle can certainly help children remember to stay hydrated. Plus, buying a reusable water bottle is a great way to teach children to take care of the environment.
Hydro Pro Furry Friends was a line of water bottles that had child-friendly designs. Still, it had to recall some of their bottles because the company used lead-based paint for these designs. Just so you remember, the Centers for Disease Control say that no levels of lead are safe at all.
4 McDonald's Salad
Getting children to eat their fruits and vegetables can be a challenge. Sometimes, a McDonald's salad might be the only way to get a child to ingest much-needed vitamins. Or they're a fast alternative for hungry parents on the go.
McDonald's had to stop selling salads for a while after they discovered some of the lettuce in their salads were causing cyclosporiasis, a disease caused by a parasite. The burger chain scrambled to find an untainted supplier for their lettuce. It was definitely a rough summer for people in the United States who wanted to eat their greens.
3 Almond Breeze
Almond Breeze (and other non-dairy milk brands) are a great alternative to milk for people who are lactose intolerant. Let's remember that people who are allergic to milk might also choose this brand of milk so they can eat cereal too.
Still, the brand had to recall some of their half-gallon containers of Vanilla almond milk because they may contain actual cow milk. Thankfully allergies to milk are not very common, but they could still result in quite the health scare for people who are very sensitive to milk. The recall affected consumers in 28 states with a use-by date of September 2, 2018.
2 Space Heaters
Space heaters can help you feel more comfortable at home or at work. Even if your house has central heating, you may decide to use these once in a while to cut costs. They may also be great to use when you have children who don't tolerate the cold as well as you do.
Vornado space heaters have been a popular choice. That's why the company's recall affected a whopping 350,000 units. Yikes! The brand said the space heaters were defective and had a tendency to overheat. This posed a fire risk, and up to 15 consumers reported fires before the recall was announced.
1 Graco High Chair
Parents use high chairs to feed their children and keep them safe while doing so. They help parents feed their kids without having to hunch over. Plus, parents can sell, donate, or use the high chair again if they decide to have another child.
Graco did a recall on 40,000 of its Table2Table 6-in-1 Highchair because consumers reported that the legs would give way. The chairs were sold at WalMart stores between October 2016 and December 2017.
Graco created a special phone line and offered replacement parts so that parents could adjust the chair and avoid unpleasant situations.