Children’s product manufacturer Evenflo is recalling more than 200,000 of its ExerSaucer Children’s Activity Center because it poses a risk of fall hazard to young children. Apparently, when used as an activity table, the cap on one end of the product can loosen and detach. The company has received 11 reports of dislodged end caps that resulted in nine injuries. In one case, a child suffered a broken collarbone because of this product defect. Our source for this blog was this news report.

This recall involves the Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun stationary activity centers manufactured in the United States between October 2006 and December 2008. The model number for these recalled products is 6231711. No other models are included in this recall because they do not use the defective end caps that spurred this recall. Also, company officials say the problem occurs only when the center is used as an activity table.

The centers were sold nationwide at children’s stores and other retail outlets such as Toys ‘R’ Us and Burlington Baby Depot for about $120. Those who own these Evenflo activity centers are asked to stop using them immediately and contact Evenflo to get a replacement end cap at no additional charge. If you need more information about this product recall, please call Evenflo at 1-800-233-5921 or visit their Web site at www.exersaucertriplefun.com. To view the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s product safety alert about this recall, please visit this Web site.

Children’s products have topped the list of recalled products in 2008. Some, such as these Evenflo play centers involved defects that caused moderate to minor product defect injuries among young children. But there were a number of other dangerous and defective products such as cribs, bassinets, toddler beds and defective car seats that caused injuries to many children and even proved fatal in instances. It is just wrong when infants and young children suffer as a result of poorly designed and defective products that in most cases are made intentionally to increase a manufacturer’s profits.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed because of a hazardous defective product, I’d like to hear about it.