Child Health Advocates Urge Participation in Product Recall Roundup

Seattle - Consumers and members of the media are invited to a Recall Roundup to learn about previously recalled products that continue to cause death and serious injury to children.

Seattle - Consumers and members of the media are invited to a Recall Roundup to learn about previously recalled products that continue to cause death and serious injury to children. Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, the Washington State Department of Health, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission hope to raise awareness about the dangers these products pose for children.

“Recalled products cause about fifty deaths of children in the United States each year,” said Mark Del Beccaro, MD, associate chief of emergency services at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. “We continue to see injuries from unsafe products in emergency departments across the country, and these injuries could have been prevented if families had either replaced, repaired or thrown them away.”

The Recall Roundup focuses on twelve previously recalled consumer items that continue to cause deaths and injuries to children each year. Many of these items are found in thrift and secondhand stores. These products include dangerous playpens, unsafe baby cribs, jackets/sweatshirts with drawstrings, and others. Consumers are advised to destroy, repair, or replace these items so that they comply with current safety standards.

“The Legislature directed us to raise awareness about recalled products with the passage of the Infant and Children’s Product Safety Campaign bill last session,” said Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH, state health officer. “We have teamed with Children’s Hospital to establish a statewide infant and children product safety campaign with the goal of decreasing the number of wholly-preventable injuries or deaths that occur each year.”

The Recall Roundup will take place between 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the Children’s Thrift Store located at 15835 Westminster Way N. (Aurora Square), Seattle, WA 98133 (206-448-1507). The following child health advocates will be present to answer questions, distribute educational materials about product recalls, and discuss their personal experiences with the effects of recalled products: Dr. Del Beccaro; Eugene Staebell, senior investigator of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; Alice Braverman, Goodwill Industries; and Laura Hauser, a parent whose son’s death was caused by a recalled product.

For more information about product recalls or to sign up for an automatic email update on product recalls, please call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s hotline at 1-800-638-2772 or visit

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