I have heard the story time and time again where a new mom or mom-to-be buys something at a second hand store or garage sale, only to discover – sometimes too late – that the item was recalled due to a dangerous design flaw.
The one good thing about buying brand new baby items is that most retailers are very aware of recalls, both form the government website as well as from the manufacturers and their suppliers of each product line, so it is very unlikely you will end up buying something brand new that has been recalled.
Some second hand stores are more diligent than others, particularly consignment store, but there is always the chance something you are buying second hand has been recalled.
If you are unsure, always check the model number and do an online search for recalls or problems before you purchase anything used.
But the most dangerous place to buy second hand baby items are at garage sales, because you can be pretty certain they had other things on their mind than thinking to check if anything had been recalled – including some who sell BECAUSE they know its been recalled.
Want to know the list of things you really should be buying new rather than used? Here is the list.