Ask any mother what baby
products she relied on most during her first few months of motherhood and she’s
bound to mention what a lifesaver the vibrating baby seat was. Cooking dinner?
Put your baby in the seat. Need to shower? Drag it in the bathroom with you.
Just looking for something that might help your little one stop crying? The
seat almost always works.
So, of course, no one wants to
hear that the seat they rely on so much could also be a major safety hazard.
But if you own a Fisher-Price seat, you might want to check out the latest
On Tuesday the company issued a recall of 63,000 Soothing
Motion Seats. There are four models included in the recall: CMR35, CMR37, CMR39
The problem is that the motor
in these models can apparently overheat, with 36 reports of product
malfunctions due to that overheating. Of those 36 reports, one resulted in an
actual fire. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.
But using that baby seat to buy
yourself a few hands-free moments suddenly becomes a whole lot less enticing if
you think it could possibly catch on fire with your baby in it.
(This might be a good time to also
mention the AAP's recommends that if your baby
falls asleep in a seat or swing, he or she should be “moved to a crib or other
appropriate flat surface as soon as is practical.”)
The seats first went on sale in
November of 2015 and have been available ever since at a number of major
retailers, including Target, Toys 'R Us, Walmart and Amazon.
If you own one of these seats,
you can contact Fisher Price at 800-432-5437 for a full refund.
The Mazda 6 was recalled in both 2011 and 2014 for a very bizarre reason. The design of the fuel tank was allowing yellow sac spiders, which are attracted to the smell of gasoline, to crawl inside the fuel tank. They made webs, blocking airflow inside the car and creating fire hazards. Mazda has since corrected the design flaw.