I'm mom to a wonderful 3-year-old little girl and have a second baby on the way, due in April. Since my daughter was born, her high chair and crib have both been recalled. And now that I'm looking at her infant car seat, it's definitely not in the greatest shape. Where do I draw the line? Safety is my top priority, of course, but budget is also a concern. The crib was new with my daughter and is in great shape, but it's a drop-side crib. Can I still use it? Or is it safer to buy a new one? Same with the high chair. And the car seat, not expired, is just heavily used (the material is worn from washing, the handle to the carrier came off but I think will go back on, etc.). Should I be concerned? I would like to keep my new baby as safe as possible without breaking the bank.
From: Gershurd, Easton
The Consumer Protect Safety Commission does not recall products without reason. To me, this is a no-brainer, budget considerations or not: I would not use a product that has been recalled. However, when a manufacturer issues a recall, there is usually a financial remedy of some kind. Have you investigated? The link above shows seven cribs that have been recalled. You can click on the manufacturer and then scroll down to see what remedy it offers. I didn't click on all seven but, as an example, one manufacturer will send you a free repair kit so the drop-side can be immobilized. Ditto for the high chair manufacturers.
Car seats get dirty, that doesn't make them unusable. Being in an accident does. So does age; they also usually have expiration dates. It is always a good idea to make sure the car seat is properly installed.
I'm anxious to hear what readers say about re-using equipment.
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