Foreign countries have continuously promised to keep up with United States production standards, but there are still often problems that lead to recalls in this country. In 2007, China topped the list, with 298 of the 447 United States recalls involving products manufactured in China. Only 62 of the recalled products were made in the United States. Unfortunately, China is not the only country with problems in the manufacturing sector. As seen by the recent Delta Enterprise crib recall, which included models made in not just China, but also Taiwan and Indonesia.
According to a late 2007 report by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 36% of all products recalls were for baby items. With the Delta Enterprise recall, the cribs affected by the recall are all drop-sides cribs. The part causing the recall is the spring peg that holds the side in place. The cribs, which were manufactured and sold between 1995 and 2007, are missing the pegs or have pegs that can easily break or release. This causes a gap at the side of the crib where a baby can be easily trapped and either injured or suffocated. The Delta Enterprise cribs involved in the recall can be repaired with a free kit, but until the problem is cleared, your child should not sleep in the potentially dangerous crib. All of the products currently on the market are not dangerous, as the problem has been fixed since the mid-October voluntary recall.
Because other countries often do not have the same manufacturing standards, it can be challenging to import these items. In fact, every year, the United States turns away many items manufactured in other countries because they do not meet standards. Some of this responsibility, however, lies with the company manufacturing the products, not with the country where they were manufactured. Companies like Delta Enterprise need to ensure that when they ship work overseas, they are doing so responsibly and up to United States standards, regardless of the laws in the foreign nation. As we see more and more jobs being sent to China and other locations abroad, this will increasingly become an issue. Does that mean you shouldn’t trust products not made in the United States?
Not necessarily – but it does mean that you have to be careful. As a parent, it is important to continuously stay up-to-date with product recall information through the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Whether the products come from the United States or abroad, there could be problems that put your baby at risk. Furthermore, if your child was injured due to a manufacturing problem, even if the item was not recalled, it is important to talk to a defective crib lawyer about your rights. It is important to take action to prevent injuries to others and to ensure that your child gets proper medical attention. Delta Enterprise is just one of the many companies that has manufactured unsafe baby products, so make sure you stay informed about all of the products you are using in your home.