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RECALL: Baby Walkers Bad for Development

Baby Walker Recall and Not Recommended by Pediatricians

Baby walkers, in general, are not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatricians.  To get the facts on Baby walkers, click here.  My pediatrician, a doctor affiliated with Children’s Hospital in Boston, says there are three reasons why he is against baby walkers:

  • Safety:  Lots of serious injuries related to baby walkers from falls.  (see articles including this recall)
  • Delay in Walking:  Contrary to what some might think, baby walkers delay walking by a few weeks.
  • “Brain Wiring” Issues:  The research he follows shows that baby walkers seem to “hard wire” the brain in ways that are bad for development.  He says crawling with works both sides of the brain is actually best for brain development and that late walkers are actually getting better brain wiring.  Because babies in baby walkers can NOT see their legs or feet as they scoot around, this affects their “brain wiring” in a bad way.

So why do parents use baby walkers?  The baby loves it and is entertained.  Pediatricians recommend a stationery version instead.

Baby Walkers Recalled by Suntech Enterprises Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Baby Walkers

Units: About 8,400

Importer: Suntech Enterprises Inc., of Commerce, Calif.

Hazard: The recalled walkers can fit through a standard doorway and fail to have sufficient stair-fall protection to prevent falls down stairs. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed if they fall down stairs.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The baby walkers have a plastic frame supported by four wheels and eight brake pads. The walkers were sold in blue, pink, and green with a white activity tray and patterned, vinyl seat. Item number WK110 or WK112 is printed on the side of the packaging.

Sold at: Small juvenile product stores in California, Illinois, New York and Texas from January 2007 through December 2009 for between $25 and $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the walkers and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Suntech Enterprises toll-free at (888) 268-8139 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Note: This recall is being conducted voluntarily, however, in May 2010, CPSC issued a new mandatory rule on baby walkers that is effective on December 21, 2010. The walkers will be required to either: 1) be too wide to fit through a standard doorway, or 2) have features, such as a gripping mechanism, to stop the walker at the edge of a step.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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