Recalls! The bane of every concerned parent’s consumeristic existence. That IS a word, right?
While I’m not always on the listen for recall information, I do search my medicine cabinets and toy boxes when I hear about them.
Last year the babies got hand, foot, and mouth disease right in the middle of the horrific recall on children’s Acetaminophen. I couldn’t get my hands on any to save my life. I had to drive all over town with two feverish babies, looking for something to reduce their fevers. It was seriously terrible. The worst part was that I HAD Acetaminophen at home and we had to throw it out because both bottles were part of the recall.
This year, we got a recall notice on our Dodge Grand Caravan. It wasn’t a HUGE deal to most people: The AC could potentially leak out under the carpet and cause mold-growth. Given the fact that we are a family riddled with allergies to airbournes, we immediately had our van repaired. Being without our sole means of transportation for a day was a bit of a pain, but we got the issue fixed.
We have since moved states and ALL of the products that I registered in the last 3 years have the address of our house in Savannah, GA. Mail forwarding will stop soon and do you really think I’ll remember to write them ALL to tell them that we have a new address? I thought about it when I moved. I’m one of those psychotic parents who registers EVERYTHING that we buy. I’m grateful that I do, because we have been affected by several recalls. But now what? I can’t remember every, single, solitary thing that I’ve purchased in the past year! How am I supposed to get recall information now?
Then of course there are those pesky food recalls, and recalls on toys that don’t come with registration cards. If you’re anything like me, you don’t watch much news. It just depresses me, and scares me, and because I’m home alone more than I am with The Workaholic, I stay away from it so that I feel secure. Ignorance is bliss, right?
I no longer have to worry about missing a recall thanks to the awesome app, Recalls Plus. This app grants you access to the very latest in recall information for products spanning everything from food to automobiles to children’s products. Anything that could have a recall is now, quite literally, in the palm of your hand. Now when those chicken nuggets that you bought for dinner this week gets recalled for contamination, you will get a notification about the recall information on your phone without having to wait for it to enter mass media.
How Recalls Plus Works:
Recalls Plus will monitor recalls on your children’s items. It has been designed and developed by parents of young children for other parents of young children.
Checklists by Age:
Select an age range to choose common products from easy preset checklists for Newborn, Infant, and Toddler.
Add Any Product:
Track recalls on items you already own or want to buy. For example, Britax Stroller, Graco Toys, etc.
Select from 8 FDA-mandated food allergies to get alerts on related food recalls. For example, eggs, fish and peanuts.
Recalls plus will only send alerts when a related recall applies for one of the products or food allergens you have listed. You can also browse the nationwide list of recalls reported by top government agencies.
Using this app has instilled an amazing sense of security in the products that I buy. I am still selective about what we purchase, but I no longer have to have my ears perked for every recall that is on the news, because I have the information at my disposal.
Where Recalls Plus Gets their Information:
Recalls Plus tracks recalls issued by four Federal agencies in the US:
• Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
• National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
• Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
• United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The app then matches recalls to your list, and notifies you when there is a relevant recall.
This is INVALUABLE to parents everywhere and the best part is that it’s a free app. All you have to do is go to the App store on your iPhone or iPad, or Google Play on your Android device to download this indispensable app. You can also get it on Facebook!
Here is some recent recall information that you should be aware of:
1. Dream on Me Ultra 2 in 1 Infant Tub, Toddler, Niagra, Baby Bath Seats
Hazard: The bath seats can tip over, posing a risk of drowning to babies.
2. Sportspower Sports Authority Parkside Trampolines
Hazard: The trampoline’s metal legs can move out of position and puncture the jumping area, posing a risk of injury.
3. Step2 X-Rider Car Children’s Riding Toys
Hazard: Children who lean too far forward on the seat can go over the handle bar and hit the ground.
4. JoAnn Fabric and Craft Foam Pumpkin Turkey Craft Kit
Hazard: Magnets holding the pumpkin shell pieces together can become loose, posing an ingestion hazard.
5. Boden Children’s Pajamas
Hazard; The pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.
**All products listed above where listed on Recalls Plus within the past two months. Product recalls were identified by the appropriate government agency. Please go the Recalls Plus App for more information about the above recalls
Download the App TODAY and start building your own lists.
Let me know what you think!
This article has been sponsored but all opinions are, as always, my very own and were not influenced in any way.