121 recalls for children’s products in one year seems like an awful lot.
But a new analysis shows that 121 recalls in 2011 is actually down 24 percent from the number of recalls in 2010.
The report, conducted by our friends at Kids in Danger, analyzed product recalls via the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and looked at markers like the recalling firms, product type, recall size, and more.
“[We were] surprised to see recalls had dropped by as much as they had, especially those for lead,” said Kids in Danger (KID) Executive Director Nancy Cowles. “But the data otherwise is fairly consistent.”
Among other highlighted statistics from the report:
39 percent of the CPSC’s product recalls were children’s products.
Nursery products were the most-recalled category with 30 percent of children’s recalls, followed by toys (26 percent).
11 (9 percent) of the recalled products were reported to SaferProducts.gov prior to recall.
CPSC imposed a total of $3.9 million in fines for companies who violated safety regulations, mostly for failing to report choking, poisoning and drawstrings in clothing.
“Given the drop in lead and crib recalls, we hope we’ll continue to see a drop as more of the CPSIA is fully implemented,” said Cowles.
Those new regulations were mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) which required stringent regulations of crib design as well as new, lower allowable levels of lead in kids toys. That stabilization of recalls in children’s products is something we told you to look for a few weeks ago in our Is 2012 the Year of the Recall? post.
The size of recalls in 2011 was also smaller than in 2010. The report counts 11 million units recalled in 121 products versus 44 million units for 160 products in 2010. That’s an average of 96,000 units per recall in 2011 and 278,000 units per recall in 2010.
The report is an annual project done since 2002 by Kids in Danger. See the full report below: