Video: @HealthCanada Advises Caution When Selling or Buying Products at #garagesale
OTTAWA, May 15, 2012 /CNW/ -
Health Canada is reminding you to put safety ahead of savings and to use
caution when buying or selling items at garage sales or second-hand
stores, particularly if they are intended for use by children.
Who is affected:
This advisory is targeted at people who buy consumer products at garage
sales or second-hand stores.
What sellers and buyers should do:
Stay informed about product recalls, advisories and important regulatory
changes. To find out if a product has been recalled by the manufacturer
and for information on corrective action, please contact the
manufacturer, importer or retailer or check Health Canada's Consumer Product Recall database.
Carefully inspect all products to ensure they are not damaged, cracked,
have missing or loose parts, or missing instructions.
If you have a prohibited product, such as a baby walker, Health Canada
advises you to destroy the item to prevent its future use, and to
dispose of it in accordance with municipal and other applicable
What Health Canada is doing:
To assist buyers and sellers, Health Canada has released two
publications: a booklet entitled Information for Shoppers of Second-Hand Products; and a fact sheet, Facts for Garage Sale Vendors. The booklet and the fact sheet contain information about the health
and safety requirements of products such as: cribs, children's
sleepwear, toys, children's jewellery, window blinds, hockey helmets,
and face protectors, as well as information on products that are banned
Background: On June 20, 2011, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) came into force. Its purpose is to protect the public by
addressing and preventing dangers to human health or safety that are
posed by consumer products in Canada. There is no distinction under the
CCPSA and its regulations between new and used products. Any person who
sells, distributes, or gives away consumer products that do not comply
with the Act or its current regulations is breaking the law in Canada.
Buyers and sellers are urged to exercise caution regarding all consumer
products, but Health Canada is warning consumers about the following
products, in particular:
Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets
Cribs, cradles and bassinets that do not meet stringent regulatory
requirements can pose a health hazard to infants and young children.
Health Canada does not recommend using cribs older than 10 years, as
they are more likely to have broken, worn, loose or missing parts, and
be missing warnings or instructions. Cribs made before September 1986
likely do not meet current regulatory requirements and therefore should
not be sold or bought.
Cribs, cradles and bassinets should be carefully inspected for visible signs of damage,
such as loose or missing parts or tears in the fabric. They must
include, at the time of sale: information that identifies the
manufacturer, model name and number, date of manufacture, instructions
for assembling and using the product, as well as warning statements.
For information, please visit the Health Canada website on how to select a crib or cradle.
Corded Window Coverings
Health Canada does not recommend selling or buying second-hand corded
window coverings because safety devices, warning labels, and
instructions to keep pull cords out of the reach of children are often
missing. Children can strangle on cords and bead chains of blinds and
curtains. Looped cords and long pull cords can wrap around a child's
neck and act like a noose.
Lead and cadmium are soft, inexpensive metals often used in the making
of costume jewellery. Both are highly toxic, even at low levels of
exposure, and especially to children. Do not give young children
jewellery to wear or play with. If your child has sucked or chewed on
jewellery which you think may contain lead or cadmium, ask your doctor
to test your child's blood for lead or other heavy metals.
It is important to note that car seats or booster seats made before
January 1, 2012 may not meet the latest requirements set out by Health
Canada and Transport Canada; therefore, you may not be able to
advertise, sell or give it away (including lending). Before selling or
giving away a used car seat check with Transport Canada (1-800-333-0371
or the Transport Canada website) for more information and to find out if the car seat meets the latest
requirements or has been recalled. Buyers should also be aware that a
second-hand car seat should not be used if it was installed in a
vehicle involved in a collision.
For more information:
Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this
advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at
613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.
Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health
Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.
How to report problems with consumer products:
Health Canada encourages consumers to report incidents (health and
safety complaints or injuries) related to any consumer product or
cosmetic, including second-hand consumer products. To report a health
or safety related incident with a consumer product, visit Health Canada's new on-line incident reporting form available on Health Canada's website.
Related Health Canada Web content:
If you're planning on holding or visiting a garage sale in your
neighbourhood, watch Health Canada's Garage Sale video for some helpful hints or visit the Health Canada website for more
information at the links below:
Stay connected with Health Canada and receive the latest advisories and
product recalls using these social media tools: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/home-accueil/sm-ms/index-eng.php
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