Product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm confirm that several Badger sunscreen products are being recalled after inspectors found potentially-harmful bacteria and fungus during routine testing. The company is recalled all lots of its four-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen and one lot of four-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen.
Three fungi were found at the New Hampshire processing facility: Candida parapsilosis, Acremonium, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The latter bacteria can lead to skin rashes, ear infections and pneumonia, particularly in children exposed to water, such as hot tubs and swimming pools (inadequate chlorination can spread bacteria). Acremonium can cause similar infections if it enters through a wound. Candida parapsilosis, is a fungus, and can cause skin infections, which can turn serious if it enters the bloodstream.
Fortunately, no illnesses have yet been reported due to the sunscreen lotions, however consumers are urged to not use the products and return them to the store where they were purchased. Consumers will receive a full refund and may contact Badger directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.603.6100. A full list of the recalled products can be found here.
In related recall news, Ikea recently announced it was recalling two models of children’s beds in the U.S. and Canada. About 40,000 Kritter and Sniglar beds are affected. Injury concerns stem from several reports that the metal rods connecting the bed to the guard rail were breaking, exposing sharp metal edges.
The beds are sold online for between $59 and $89, respectively. Consumers who bought either of the recalled beds will receive free repair kits, which include a new metal rod and tools and instructions to install it.
In efforts to make children’s products safer, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently approved mandatory safety standards for infant cradles and bassinets. It may be surprising to learn that there were not previous mandatory safety standards for these products, only voluntary guidelines companies were expected to adhere to.
Since 2007, over 130 babies have died in cradles and bassinets, according to the agency. Among the changes made to safety, CPSC changed the criteria for mattress flatness tests. It also added stability requirements for removable bassinets. It is allowing manufacturers one year to comply with the new standards.
The CPSC recently implemented similar safety standard changes for infant swings in order to prevent potentially fatal injuries .This measure was taken in response to excessive reports of injuries from baby swings – approximately 600, and 15 infant deaths, over the past decade. Most of the injuries and fatalities were caused by the swings tipping over or collapsing while the child was in it. The agency also cited structural defects, which could lead to asphyxiation, entanglement, or entrapment.
New rules for baby swings also included warning parents of the risk of
slump-overs, which can occur if a swing is set too upright. Infants less
than four months of age have not yet developed their neck muscles to adequately
control head movements, posing a risk of fatal asphyxiation if they sit
too upright. Warnings now clarify this risk, though the CPSC chose not
to include graphics or Spanish translations as requested by consumers.
Federal standards also now require swings to have waist and crotch restraint systems and shoulder straps or harnesses in swings with seats angling between 50 and 90 degrees. Of the 600 injuries suffered between 2002 and 2012, about 33% of them were due to improper use of or complete lack of restraints. The agency also significantly increased the level of testing manufacturers must perform on the swings.
Product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have decades of experience investigating and litigating cases involving defective, recalled or poorly designed products. If you or your child was seriously injured by a recalled or excessively dangerous product, you have important legal rights, and may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact one of our skilled attorneys today for a free legal consultation.