Keeping our children safe from all the dangers of the outside world can feel beyond daunting. It’s kind of horrifying when we realize that there are things we brought into our very homes that may harm them too. The latest news on the product recall front is that more than 100,000 toddler snow boots from Target may become a deadly choking hazard.
Boots that can choke your kid sounds super scary, but the good news is that this fault — a toggle on the laces that can break off — was discovered before anyone got hurt. Because one advantage we have that previous generations didn’t is the speed of information — especially when it comes to product recalls. As much as most manufacturers test their products to be safe for children, the process is far from perfect (and not always well regulated). Car seats, children’s clothing, sleepers and other items we need to raise our kids may have hidden dangers that no one originally foresaw, so safety recall announcements are pretty darn important.
Recalls are also very difficult to keep track of at all times, which is why we hope you can turn to us to give you the heads up when they come out; we’ll use this space to list every major product for children and babies that we’ve heard was recalled this year. (And while you’re at it, here are 2019’s product recalls.)
Some of what we list here are products you should stop using immediately and contact the manufacturer for a recall. In other cases, the situation is not so dire: There may be a repair the manufacturer can make, or just a part of the product is unusable. Read on for more on what you need to do right away to ensure your children’s safety — and get your money back.
Note: This article is constantly being updated. For the most accurate and up-to-date information about recalls, be sure to check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as Recalls.gov, an online resource for government recalls including the consumer goods, foods, medicine and more.
A version of this story was originally published in February 2020.