Consignment Sale Advice

Recalls - The Most Wanted List

Recalls were a hot topic in 2010!  As a consignor, you help make sure that recalled products do not make it into the "resale" chain.  And while most sales have a formal review process of their own, you can save everyone's time by becoming familiar with what you can and cannot sell.  Here is a hot list of most wanted or hot topic items taken from the CPSC website. 

This is by no means a comprehensive list.  We encourage you to use the CPSC's website to confirm the "resale-ability" of your items. 

#1 - Cribs

Perhaps the hottest topic in recall world is CRIBS. It was a unanimous vote by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban the manufacture, sale and resale of the cribs, which have a side rail that moves up and down, allowing parents to more easily lift their child from the crib. Generally speaking, cribs should follow the following safety standards:

  • make sure your cribs is not the subject of a recall;

  • slats spaced no more than 2 3/8 inches apart;

  • no missing or loose slats;

  • no recalled crib with drop side (millions of cribs with drop sides have been recalled)

  • a properly-sized mattress. The mattress is too small if you can fit more than two fingers between the edge of the mattress and the side of the crib. An infant can get his head or body wedged in the extra space and suffocate.

  • corner posts are no more than 1/16 inch high. They can be catch points for objects or clothing worn by a child and cause strangulation

  • no missing, broken or loose hardware;

  • no decorative cutouts in the headboard or footboard. Cutouts can entrap a child’s head; and

  • no unsecured mattress support hangers that can be easily dislodged. Children can be entrapped and suffocate.

CPSC Approves Strong New Crib Safety Standards To Ensure a Safe Sleep for Babies and Toddlers

October 2010 - A Safe Sleep For All Babies: CPSC and Child Safety Partners Launch National Education Campaign on Crib Safety For New and Expectant Parents


#2 - Drawstrings

CPSC has recalled numerous children’s garments that have long drawstrings at the neck or waist.  Before selling children’s (age 15 years and younger) garments, check for hood/neck drawstrings, remove drawstrings from the hood and neck of jackets and sweatshirts; for waist/bottom drawstrings, trim drawstrings so that no more than to 3 inches extends from the garment on either side.


#3 - Choking Hazards / Small Parts

There have been numerous recalls of clothing intended for children under the age of 3. If any snaps, pom-poms, zipper pulls or buttons can be pulled off of a small child’s garment, it should not be sold. So give a strong tug to these pieces before you sell them. If something comes off that could choke a child under the age of 3, do not sell the garment.


#4 - Flammable Clothing

While children’s daywear must meet the clothing textile standard, children’s sleepwear (sized above 9 months through size 14) is subject to more stringent flammability requirements. Sleepwear garments must be made from flame resistant fabrics or be snug- fitting and bear a label stating “Wear Snug-Fitting, Not Flame Resistant.” Tight-fitting garments will look small to you because they are meant to fit closely to the child’s body. Polyester or nylon fabrics will often (but not always) meet the flame resistant requirements for sleepwear. Most cotton and cotton blend fabrics will need to be treated with a flame retardant to meet the requirements of the sleepwear standards. Children’s robes and loungewear must also meet the sleepwear flammability standards. If you have any children’s robes, loose fitting pajamas, nightgowns or loungewear made from cotton or a cotton blend fabric, they may not meet the flammability standard.


#5 - Magnetic Toys

Toys containing magnets or magnetic components, such as construction sets, action figures, dolls, and puzzles.  Small powerful magnets, like those found in magnetic building sets and other toys, can kill children if ingested/swallowed.

#6 - Strollers

There were numerous recalls in 2010 for Lacerations & Amputation risks from faulty parts. 


#7 - Baby Walkers

Baby walkers must meet current safety standards - they must be wider than a standard doorway, must stop at the top of stairs and must not topple over. 


# 8 - Mattresses

Mattresses manufactured on or after July 1, 2007 must meet the CPSC flammability standard. The mandatory standard is designed to reduce the severity of mattress fires ignited by open flame sources such as candles, matches and lighters. Each mattress (and accompanying box spring) must contain a “Part 1633” compliance label.  Additionally, selling a used mattress (without a crib or bedframe) may be illegal in some states. 

#9 - Bath Seats

Bath seats should NOT be sold if they meet one of these criteria:

  • attach to the tub floor with suction cups

  • were made before 2007 (see date code stamp on the bottom of the product)

  • are broken or damaged


#10 - Baby Slings

Slings can pose two different types of suffocation hazards to babies. In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles. The sling's fabric can press against an infant's nose and mouth, blocking the baby's breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two. Additionally, where a sling keeps the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, the airways can be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate.


Other Recalls & Articles  of Interest

2009 - Top Ten list of recalled children's products

2009 - Guidance for resellers of children’s products

Nap Nannies - Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny® Recliners Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards; One Infant Death Reported

Graco High Chairs - Graco Recalls Harmony™ High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard





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