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Health Alerts: Baby boxes, fireworks, gates, and more :

July 18, 2017

Safety of baby boxes unknown

If you’re expecting a baby, you may have heard about a new trend. Baby boxes are becoming popular gifts for expectant parents from friends, hospitals and birth centers.

The box contains baby products that new families might need like diapers and wipes. The cardboard box itself also is labeled as a sleeping area for newborns in place of a crib or bassinet.

However, there is no information on whether the cardboard boxes prevent infant deaths, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The boxes are not required to meet safety rules like cribs, bassinets, play yards and infant carriers.

The AAP recommends placing babies to sleep on their backs on a firm mattress. Babies should not sleep in beds with other family members. Keep soft objects like stuffed animals and loose bedding out of the crib.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise instructed. Consumers can submit reports of harm to CPSC’s searchable online product safety database at A searchable food and medical product recall database is available at


Units: 36,100

Hazard: The fireworks can explode unexpectedly after being lit, posing burn and injury hazards.

Description: Recalled are TNT Red, White and Blue Smoke fireworks that make smoke when lit. They were sold in a bag containing one red, one blue and one white canister. 

Sold at: Albertsons, Kroger, Meijer, Target, Walmart and other retailers in Illinois, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin from May through June for about $5.

Remedy: Contact the company for a refund.

Contact: Call 800-243-1189, email or visit


Baby gates

Units: About 25,180

Hazard: A young child’s neck can fit into the V-shaped opening along the top edge of the gate, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards. Also, young children can fit under the gate and access restricted areas, such as stairs.

Description: Recalled are Madison Mill 23 and 25 foldaway expandable safety gates. Item number 23 extends to 3 feet, and item number 25 extends to 5 feet. The expandable gates are made of hardwood and are used to secure children or small pets.

Sold at: Do It Best stores and other independent hardware stores nationwide from January 2013 through May 2017 for $20 to $35.

Remedy: Contact the company for a refund.

Contact: Call 877-220-4705, email or visit www.madison



Units: About 68,300

Hazard: Chests that are not anchored to the wall can tip over and trap children, resulting in death or injuries.

Description: The Summer Breeze five-drawer chests were sold in four colors: model numbers 3746035 or 3746035A (royal cherry); 3294035 or 3294035A (blueberry); 3219035 or 3219035A (chocolate); and 3210035 or 3210035A (white).

Sold at:,, and other online retailers from February 2005 through December 2016 for about $160.

Remedy: Stop using chests that are not anchored to the wall. Place furniture out of children’s access. The company will provide a refund or free tip-over restraint kit and is offering installation of the kit.

Contact: Call 800-290-0465, email or visit


Infant coveralls

Units: About 8,500

Hazard: The snap at the crotch of the coveralls can detach, and infants can choke on it.

Description: The Butterfly Garden Coverall & Hat Sets came in infant sizes NB, 3M, 6M and 9M with manufacture date codes of August 2016 (08/2016). The 100% organic cotton coveralls were sold in pink with white butterflies and have a white ruffle around the neck that runs down the front of the garment. “Burt’s Bees Baby” and the size are printed on the inside back. Only style number LY24195 is recalled.

Sold at: Babies R Us, BuyBuy Baby and online at,,,,,,, and from December 2016 through May 2017 for about $18.

Remedy: Contact Burt’s Bees Baby for a prepaid envelope to return the garment for a $20 e-gift card.

Contact: Call 877-907-7511 or visit


Children’s robes

Units: About 2,000

Hazard: The robes do not meet the federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.

Description: Recalled are Luxe Satin children’s long-sleeve robes. They were sold in pink, blue and cream in sizes 1 (XS-S/4-6 years), 2 (MD-LG/6-8 years) and 3 (XL-XXL/8-10 years). The robes have two belt loops on each side and an unattached belt. Lot number “21706-DFR001” and “Not Intended for Sleepwear” are printed on the inside seam label.

Sold at: Children’s specialty stores nationwide and online at from November 2012 through March 2017 for about $100.

Remedy: Contact the company for a refund.

Contact: Call 866-201-6613 or visit


Children’s playwear

Units: About 600

Hazard: The buttons can fall off the clothing, and young children can choke on them.

Description: Recalled are Benton and Eloise pima cotton, sleeveless, bubble playwear. The Benton style was sold in navy, white, blue and green ticking stripes in boys’ sizes NB, 0-24 months, 2T and 3T. The Eloise style was sold in navy, white, pink and blue, and green floral in girls’ sizes NB, 0-24 months, 2T and 3T. The garment has a snap at the bottom and crisscross straps that button over the shoulders on the front of the garment. DEC16 or FEB16 are printed on the garment tag inside the seam. “Lila + Hayes” and the size are printed on the inside of the back of the garment.

Sold at: Stores in Texas and Alabama and online at from February through April for $45 to $65.

Remedy: Contact the company for a prepaid mailer to return the garment for a refund.

Contact: Call 855-850-1308 or visit



Units: About 1,470

Hazard: The chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall. They can tip over and trap children.

Description: Recalled are Stockholm three-drawer TV chests sold in Java Brown, Sonoma, Sonoma/Java Brown and Java Brown/Sonoma. Model number 249-09-2740, 249-09-0041, 249-09-2739 or 249-09-3429 is on the back panel.

Sold exclusively at: from May 2015 through August 2016 for about $160.

Contact: Call 855-837-2569 or visit

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