You can find a bargain at a garage sale, especially during the summer. You may also find recalled products and the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns many are unsafe baby products. So, the commission urges you inspect all products carefully. Here are some tips to take along as you shop.
Look for a certification seal on baby cribs. Crib slats should be no more than 2 and 3/8th inches. That's about the width of a soda can. The mattress should fit snuggly.
It's best to make sure the car seat carrier has not been recalled before you buy. Many recalled models have handle locks that unexpectedly release.
Examine playpens and safety gates for any protruding nails, pieces or other hardware. You want to make sure the items properly lock. Do not buy older accordion style safety gates. The commission says most do not meet current safety standards and present strangulation and other hazards.
The commission suggests not buying ben bag chairs with zippers that can be opened. Young children can choke or suffocate on the foam pellets inside.
Finally, when buying children's clothing, check for drawstrings. Drawstrings around the hood and neck pose strangulation hazards.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission can send you e-mail alerts on its recalled products. (Click here) to sign up for that alert system.
(Click here) for a list of children's products (not including toys) that were recalled. The list dates back to 1974.
(Click here) for a list of children's toys that were recalled. The list dates back to 1974. Print out those lists and take them along as you shop garage sales.