April has been a busy month for recalls and warnings from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The sheer number of the recalls is amazing and becomes downright scary when you start to look at the serious injuries that some of these products can cause.
Bicycles (ranging from cheap to the very expensive) and their parts continue to lead the list of recalls, most stemming from problems with breaking parts. Bikes are followed closely by tires and issues they have splitting, delaminating, etc. and leading to blow outs.
If you are shopping for a baby in your family, I would not buy one thing without first checking with the CPSC to see if it is covered by a recall. That includes products as simple as pajamas or a rattle all the way up to cribs and car seats. Get any identifying information from the product before you try to search.
The caboose of this flurry of recall activity is motorcycle products. They combine the worst characteristics of bikes and tires for a deadly result. Again, I am just amazed at the numbers of recalls and how I simply cannot overlook the product potential of any auto wreck, bike wreck, or baby injuries.