I signed up for recall information from CPSC when I was pregnant with my first child (you should do it too, you can sign up here) for all recalls involving children's products. There is usually about one or two a week and they are really predictable. Cheap toys too much lead or cadmium, or drawstrings in hoodies, things that are genuinely not safe. Everyone once in awhile though? The recalls really make me go...WTH? What about common sense. Friday I got one, that made me wonder at what point the parent is responsible?
First, a little background. Both of my children were out of cribs and pack and plays by 18mo. My son was tall enough to climb out of them and my doctors exact quote after the first time he got out was "this is your warning, the next time he will break a bone and you can't say you didn't know" He said as soon as they can get out of the crib it's time to move to a big bed. I know, it's hard, it broke my heart. Oh, my baby is grown up, he's not a baby anymore. That is what they are supposed to do, grow up! Why are we trying to keep them in cribs until 3 or 4? I asked my doctor about crib tents, which was the solution for several of my friends. His opinion was that crib tents are best for keeping pets out of cribs, not for keeping children in, in fact the AAP recommends against their use.
Okay, moving on to the rant that prompted this. So this was Fridays recall it was a recall for tents that go over play yards. The reason was that the children can take the clips off and still get out of the play yard. The thing that got me is that the details of the only death, really the only injury. Now I have a lost a child, nothing is worse, my heart goes out to the parents. However, the child was 2 years old and was climbing out. Which makes sense because really you can't contain a two year old in a play yard. Since he was 2 he was smart enough to unhook the clips and take the tent off to climb out. So the parents (not the company, the parents) decided to tie, TIE, the tent to the play yard. The child was strangled in the ties that the parent put on it. Horrible, tragic, and preventable.
My heart breaks for this family who obviously had reason's to try to contain the child and did not have the resources or education to do it in a age appropriate manner. However how is the company responsible for that? Have we lost all sense of personal responsibility? Common sense? Can I get them to recall ice cream because I can't stop eating it and it's making me fat?
Okay, stepping down, I just really needed to get that off my chest.