CPSC Warns Consumers: Stop Using the Leachco Podster, Podster Plush, Bummzie and Podster Playtime Infant Loungers Due to Suffocation Hazard; Two Infant Deaths Investigated
Following reports of two infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers to immediately stop using the Podster, Podster Plush, Bummzie and Podster Playtime (the "Podsters") infant loungers manufactured by Leachco, Inc. of Ada, Oklahoma. The Commission has found that the public health and safety requires this notice to warn the public quickly of the hazard.
The complete CPSC Warning is available online at CPSC Warns Consumers: Stop Using the Leachco Podster, Podster Plush, Bummzie and Podster Playtime Infant Loungers Due to Suffocation Hazard; Two Infant Deaths Investigated | CPSC.gov
The Podster Infant Lounger (Item # 70372) was previously sold by Kaplan Early Learning Company. Please note that no manufacturer remedy is available to customers in conjunction with the CPSC Warning.
The manufacturer (Leachco), the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association, and First Candle have issued statements in support of the safety of the Podster and other items named in the CPSC Warning. Online links to their statements are provided below to assist with understanding these products, and are not intended to undermine the seriousness of CPSC's recommended actions.
The Boppy Company Recalls ALL Models of Newborn Lounger Due to Risk of Infant Suffocation
The Boppy Company is conducting a voluntary recall of its Newborn Lounger to address a risk of infant suffocation. Infants can suffocate if they roll, move, or are placed on the lounger in a position that obstructs breathing, or roll off the lounger onto an external surface, such as an adult pillow or soft bedding that obstructs breathing. The voluntary recall pertains to ALL models and colors of the Newborn Lounger, the Preferred Newborn Lounger, and the Pottery Barn Lounger.
You should immediately stop using the Newborn Lounger. To obtain a refund follow the instructions provided at https://www.boppy.com/pages/loungerrecall.
Three (3) models of the Original Newborn Loungers were sold by Kaplan Early Learning Company during 2015–2019. The models are listed below.
Panelcraft Recalls Children's Building Sets Due to Choking Hazard
This recall involves two styles of Panelcraft™ Rainbow magnetic building sets: Rainbow Dream Builder and Rainbow Solid Builder. Please note that Kaplan Items #32161 - Dream Builder Set and #63546 - Rainbow Solids Magnetic Building Set currently being sold are NOT included in this recall. Only items shipped during the below periods are potentially included:
Kaplan has notified customers whose product was shipped during the above periods. Under the guidance of the CPSC, Panelcraft began the process of contacting affected Kaplan customers and replacing recalled building sets free of charge in March 2017.
However, if a customer believes they still have a recalled building set they should immediately stop using it and take it away from children. Customers should contact Panelcraft directly to receive a prepaid shipping label for returning the recalled sets and for a free replacement set. Contact information is included in the complete recall notice available online at https://cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/panelcraft-recalls-childrens-building-sets.
Kids II Recalls Oball™ Rattles Due to Choking Hazard
There are three (3) Kaplan Items included in the Kids II Recalled Oball Rattles:
Please note that not every Oball™ Rattle sold by Kaplan is included in this recall. Only rattles with date codes T0486, T1456, T2316, T2856 and T3065 located on a small triangle on the inner surface of the rattle are included. Kaplan items shipped during the period 3/3/2016 through 3/2/2017 potentially include the manufacture date codes included in the recall.
Kaplan customers are to contact Kids II directly for instructions on obtaining a refund. Contact information is included in the recall notice available online https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kids-ii-recalls-oball-rattles.
Roylco Recalls Educational Light Cubes Due to Fire Hazard
Kaplan Item #27915 Light Cubes shipped from 1/9/2014 to 8/24/2016 are included in this recall.
Kaplan customers are to contact Roylco directly for instructions on returning the light cube(s) for a free replacement light source. Contact information is included in the recall notice available online at https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2016/roylco-recalls-educational-light-cubes.
Kaplan items shipped 8/25/2016 and later were manufactured with the improved light source and are not being recalled.
Brooks Furniture Recalls Glider Rockers Due to Fall Hazard
If you have purchased one of the glider rockers listed below during the specified time, the rocker may be subject to the Brooks Furniture Glider Rocker Recall for product manufactured between 1/1/2011 and 12/31/2012.
Recall information: https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Brooks-Furniture-Recalls-Glider-Rockers/
Like many of you, I am a parent and I care deeply about the safety of children. I can assure you that ensuring product safety is at the heart of the long-standing trust Kaplan Early Learning Company has built with customers for more than 35 years.
Kaplan carries some of the world's best known and most trusted brands, which are manufactured all over the world. We routinely monitor all communications from the Consumer Product Safety Commission for information on problems with products in our market.
When it comes to the safety of your children, we believe the standards can never be set too high. We require all suppliers and business partners who manufacture products for us to meet rigorous standards for safety, quality and overall integrity. Our vendors take this matter very seriously. They understand that they must adhere to our strict requirements, which meet or exceed industry and federal safety standards – or we won't carry their products.
On behalf of the entire Kaplan Early Learning Company family, please rest assured that we will all continue to do everything we can to make the safety of the children who play with our products a priority.
President & CEO
Kaplan Early Learning Company