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Oct 16, 2012 10:48 AM by Marissa Torres

Dangerous baby products

A warning for parents. There are dangerous baby products that can cause injuries, even death, and some are still being sold store shelves.

"One of the most serious challenges, {is} there are products that appear to give parents a false sense of security," says David Butler, Deputy Director for Consumers Union in Washington D.C.

The agency says products are designed and sold, and only after being used by children do some safety problems surface.

"That's always the challenge is making sure that those products are the very safest that they can be and when necessary trying to get these dangerous products off the store shelves. But it is a very complex process that can take a while."

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is in charge of tracking injuries and working with manufacturers to redesign products and sometimes issue a recall.

At the CPSC lab, products are tested for safety and dangerous designs are discovered.

For example, the lab tested drop side cribs; more than 11-million have been recalled and 32 babies died.

The Commission says you'll also want to beware of soft bedding because nearly half of all crib deaths are from suffocation.

It warns to never put pillows, quilts, cushions or even bumpers in the baby's crib. And sleep positioners, the CPSC says don't use them, there have been at least 12 deaths.

"When you're setting up a house for a baby, it's overwhelming the number of products being marketed to you and the essential things that you really do need. That's why it's so important to do your homework to find out what you really need and what is considered safe."

For a complete listing of products to watch out for, head to saferproducts.gov

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