More than 115,000 child activity centers are being recalled after numerous complaints of the straps breaking, resulting in dozens of infant injuries. The Cosco Jump, Spin & Play Activity Centers have been on the market for three years, which means thousands of these items could still be in consumer homes. Parents should be aware of the potential dangers, as more than three dozen injuries have already been reported.
The children’s product liability lawyers at Kherkher Garcia want consumers to be aware of potential risks and how to protect their families. Below, we provide information on the activity center recall, the risks of defective child products, and guidance on how consumers can get help.
Cosco Child Activity Center Recall Information
The Cosco child activity center recall involves Cosco Jump, Spin & Play Activity Centers with the following identifiers:
- Model numbers WA105FZW and WA105GML
- Both blue and pink models are subject to the recall
- Two removable animals on the tray
- Two hanging animals on the poles
The activity centers are designed for infants and toddlers up to three years old. They were manufactured by Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc., and sold exclusively at Wal-Mart between November 2020 and October 2023.
According to the CPSC report, the straps on the activity centers can detach or break, posing a fall hazard to children. The CPSC has received at least 141 reports of the straps detaching or breaking, including 38 reports of infant injuries including bumps, bruises, and scratches.
Parents who have a Cosco Jump, Spin & Play Activity Center should stop using it immediately and contact Dorel Juvenile Group for a free repair kit. Parents may be asked to cut the straps and send photographs to the manufacturer before requesting a repair kit or replacement activity center. The activity center can also be returned to Wal-Mart for a full refund.
Infant injuries related to a recalled product should be reported to the manufacturer, and also the CPSC. Parents who have difficulty reaching a manufacturer or are unable to obtain remedy can also file a CPSC recall complaint.
Defective Child Activity Centers Pose Risk of Infant Injuries
Defective child activity centers can pose various risks to children’s safety and wellbeing. Some potential risks include:
Defects in design, construction, or materials of activity centers can lead to physical harm such as:
- Broken bones
Additionally, more severe injuries may occur if parts break, collapse, or malfunction while children are using them.
Small parts or detachable components that are poorly secured can become choking hazards if they break off or come loose during use. Young children might put these parts in their mouths, leading to choking incidents.
Entanglement or Strangulation
Poorly designed or defective elements such as straps, strings, or cords can pose a risk of entanglement or strangulation, especially if they are not appropriately secured or if children get caught in them accidentally.
Activity centers that are not adequately stable or anchored can tip over easily, leading to injuries if a child falls or gets trapped underneath. This can also occur if the center becomes unbalanced, which could happen if a strap breaks and the weight is unevenly distributed.
Some defective activity centers might be made with materials containing harmful substances like lead, phthalates, or other toxic chemicals, which can pose health risks to children if ingested or inhaled.
Activity centers that include electronic or battery-operated components could pose a risk of electric shock or burns if there are defects in the wiring or the components themselves.
Defective products might not meet safety standards set by regulatory authorities, increasing the risk of accidents or injuries. It is essential to carefully inspect activity centers before use, follow manufacturer guidelines for assembly and use, and regularly check for any signs of wear, tear, or defects. In the case of a suspected defect or safety concern, it is crucial to stop using the product immediately and contact the manufacturer or relevant authorities to report the issue.
What Should Parents do if They Have a Recalled Child Activity Center?
If you discover that your child’s activity center has been recalled, it is crucial to take immediate action to ensure the safety of your child. Here are some steps that you can follow to protect your child, reduce the risk of infant injuries, and seek appropriate guidance and remedy:
- Stop Using the Product: Cease using the activity center immediately, even if it seems to be functioning properly. The recall has been issued for a reason, and continued use might pose a risk to your child’s safety.
- Follow Recall Instructions: Check the recall notice or visit the manufacturer’s website to understand the specific instructions provided. Manufacturers usually provide guidance on what actions to take regarding the recalled product.
- Contact the Manufacturer: Reach out to the manufacturer using the contact information provided in the recall notice. They might offer various options, such as repairs, replacements, refunds, or other remedies.
- Keep the Product Away from Children: Ensure that the recalled activity center is placed out of reach of children to prevent any accidental use while waiting for further instructions or resolution from the manufacturer.
- Report Infant Injuries: If the activity center has caused any injuries, report them to the CPSC and the manufacturer. This information can help in tracking the extent of the problem and prevent further injuries.
Recalls are issued to address safety concerns, and it is essential to take them seriously for the wellbeing of your child. Following the manufacturer’s instructions and taking appropriate actions promptly can help mitigate any potential risks associated with a recalled activity center.
Should Parents Contact a Lawyer after Infant Injuries?
If your child has been injured due to a defective activity center, you may find it helpful to seek legal advice. Here are some factors to consider:
- Severity of the Injury: If the injury is minor and doesn’t require significant medical attention, addressing the issue with the manufacturer or seeking a refund or replacement may suffice. However, for serious injuries that require medical treatment or have lasting effects, consulting a lawyer might be necessary.
- Documentation: Keep records of the incident, including photographs of the defective product, the injuries sustained by your child, medical records, receipts or proof of purchase, and any communication with the manufacturer regarding the issue.
- Product Liability Laws: A lawyer specialized in product liability cases can assess whether the injury resulted from a defective product, inadequate warnings, or faulty design. They can determine if there’s a legal basis for a claim against the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of the activity center.
- Legal Remedy: A lawyer can guide you through the legal process, including filing a lawsuit if needed. They can help determine liability, negotiate with the responsible parties, and seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by the defective product.
- Time Limitations: There might be statutes of limitations for filing a product liability claim. Consulting a lawyer promptly can ensure that you adhere to any deadlines for taking legal action.
In situations where infant injuries result from a defective product, seeking legal counsel can provide you with a clearer understanding of your rights and options. If your child’s injuries warrant a product liability claim, you may be able to pursue compensation, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, and losses related to caring for your child.
Get a Free Consultation with a Children’s Product Liability Lawyer
If you have questions about a product recall and infant injuries, a free consultation with our children’s product liability lawyer can help you get answers. At Kherkher Garcia, we help families who have suffered injuries due to dangerous or defective products. From children’s products to automotive, pharmaceuticals to clothing, our lawyers have helped consumers with all manner of product liability cases.
To find out how we can help you protect your rights and your child’s wellbeing, call us at 713-333-1030, or contact us online. Your consultation is completely free.