Hundreds of recalled baby products end up in online marketplaces such as Craigslist, Facebook, OfferUp, and more. Many profiteers, as well as parents legitimately wanting to find new homes for baby and child products, may not be aware of recalls – or care. Before you buy products for your child – check to make sure is has not been recalled.
Unsafe Products for Sale
Thousands of inclined sleepers have been recalled in recent months and doing a quick search on marketplaces such as Craigslist and Facebook you’ll find many of the recalled sleepers for sale. Whether or not the seller is aware of the recall and the fact they have been linked to numerous infant deaths is beside the point.
Online marketplaces do not follow the same rules as retail locations. Anyone can sell just about anything – including products deemed unsafe by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Even if the products are advertised as brand new vs. secondhand – you need to check before you buy.
How to Find Recalled Products
If you are not sure where to start, head over the CPSC.gov website. You can search for recalled products by type of product. To ensure you find the exact product, keep your search a bit more general or use the brand and look through the list of recalls. For instance, if you are looking for an infant rocker, search “rocker” – this will show you all rockers that have been recalled.
If you’ve already found something you are interested in, you may want to search the brand for more targeted results. Especially for secondhand products, recalls could have happened years earlier. News outlets, media sites, and blogs will not necessarily cover products recalled in the past so it is extremely important that you do – before you buy.
What to Do if You Discover Recalled Products for Sale
Being informed before you buy is important – as well as notifying someone if you find they are selling a recalled product. Although your responsibility stops at doing your due diligence before you decide if you want to bring a product into your home, if you find a product for sale by another individual it could keep another child safe if you contact the person to inform them of the recall.
Most sellers and profiteers alike want to keep children safe. By informing the individual of the recall, they will likely remove the product from the marketplace potentially saving the life of a child. Many marketplaces will also allow you to flag posts. Be sure to not only inform the seller of your discovery but also flag the post on the marketplace if the option is available and send them a link to the recall.