Updated February 25, 2014

5 Recalls New Parents Need to Know

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Being a new parent comes with great joy, new responsibilities, and some homework. Yes, homework. While you can score some great deals at yard sales, consignment shops, and hand-me-downs from friends and families, every baby item comes with its own set of history and has possibly been recalled because of a defect. While some defects may be minor (say, an easy-to-pull button on a stuffed bear that you could cut off yourself), others pose a harmful risk.

As you shop and are offered items for your new bundle of joy, be wary and keep the following recent recalls in mind. Even though it’s illegal to resell a recalled product, some people will inadvertently do it anyway.

1. Bumbo Baby Seats

Some 4 million families bought this plastic baby seat between 2003 and 2012; it keeps floppy babies upright before they are able to sit up on their own.

Hazard: First recalled in 2007 after more than two dozen falls linked to at least three skull fractures were reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the seats were again recalled in 2012 after dozens more infants toppled out of Bumbo seats, leading to far more injuries. The durable nature of the product means that they're likely to be around for years to come as parents with now grown children look to offload them. The manufacturer has added a safety belt to help prevent further injuries and has added warnings to not use the seats on elevated surfaces.

2. Dropside Cribs

You can't even buy one of these new anymore (at least you shouldn't be able to because they were banned in 2011), but they were the standard for more than a generation. Tens of millions were made, adding to the likelihood that if you get offered a used crib, it may very likely be one where a side rail drops down to more easily get a baby in and out of the crib.

Hazard: While it was useful, the design of these cribs creates a very real danger. About three dozen babies died by suffocation or strangulation in these cribs – and hundreds more were hurt – after being trapped in the gap created when the section that lowers came loose.

3. Nap Nanny Infant Recliners

These comfy looking seats were intended to give babies an innovative way to sleep – particularly those who preferred an incline rather than the straight surface of their cribs. While many parents hailed the design, it had some fatal issues.

Hazard: At least five babies died in Nap Nanny seats, prompting the CPSC to take the extraordinary action of suing the manufacturer in December 2012. The government said babies could fall out of the recliners and a design flaw allowed the fabric cover to shift and move the harness straps along with it. That allowed babies to get trapped in the straps. One version of the seats was recalled in 2010, but when more deaths were connected with both updated and older models, the company resisted further action and later went out of business.

4. Mother's Touch and Deluxe Baby Bathers

More than 2 million of these baby bath seats were sold through 2011. But popular doesn't always equal safe.

Hazard: The metal wire frame can separate from a hinge and cause the baby to fall out when the bather is lifted or carried. At least five infants suffered serious head injuries after tumbling out of these bath seats made by Summer Infant Inc. The company offers a locking a strap and continues to warn parents to not use the bath seats to carry babies.

5. Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite Strollers

More than 2 million of the strollers were sold in the U.S., and they weren't recalled until 2010, some three years after the last ones were manufactured. Because these strollers were so popular, it is likely that they are still being passed down or purchased second-hand.

Hazard: At least four babies died after strangling in the strollers and still more were hurt. Babies, mainly those under 12 months, are susceptible to sliding down the seat into the leg hole and being trapped by the tray.

At CreditDonkey.com, we're all about being savvy consumers so we can share our experiences and tips with you. When you're a new parent, you have so much to deal with, so we're looking out for you.

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