Yard sale season is in full swing and it’s hard to drive past one that doesn’t have an old crib, a bassinet or some other product intended for infants or toddlers.
Resist the temptation.
Getting a used children’s product, particularly those intended for sleep, at a yard sale can produce tragic results.
The rules for how cribs and other durable children’s products must be made have changed over the years. What was once considered safe no longer is.
Beyond that, the wear and tear on the hardware that holds them together and the unknown damage that might have occurred, leaves the buyer with a product that might not work the way it was intended.
Even though the savings at yard sales can be considerable, steer clear of products intended for little ones. Most charities won’t even accept those items as donations any longer. You shouldn’t be paying for them.
Those having yard sales should be aware of what they should not pass along to others and simply dispose of them.
That doesn’t mean ever product to be used by a kid is a problem. But sellers and buyers alike should also be aware of whether a product has been recalled. As items move from the original buyer it becomes harder and harder to learn of problems since the place of purchase and date are often are used to help owners recognize whether the product they have is included in a recall.
So, if you’re going to buy a used bicycle, for instance, be sure to check whether it has been recalled so that you don’t put your child at unnecessary risk. Most recalls have a solution to the safety issue.
Here are some tips from Kids in Danger for sellers and buyers:
- Do not sell/buy items that are broken or missing pieces (especially for items that need to be assembled, such as cribs).
- Do not sell/buy baby bath seats or bath rings, baby walkers, or sleep positioners as these are not safe for use.
- Include manufacturer info, instructions, and product registration cards when possible. These can sometimes be found at the manufacturer’s website.
- Never sell a car seat or bike helmet that has been involved in a crash as it won’t protect adequately in the next one. Don’t buy used car seats or helmets since you can’t be sure of its history.
- Make sure children’s clothing doesn’t have drawstrings around the hood or neck. Drawstrings can catch onto playground and other equipment and strangle young children. Drawstrings at the waist should be no longer than three inches.
- Check the CPSC’s recall list for play basketball hoops as these can pose a strangulation hazard.
- If a hazardous or recalled product is found, alert the yard sale host and properly dispose of it.