|Updated: 1/18/2012 10:28 pm
||Published: 1/18/2012 1:35 pm
Sixteen month old Danny Keyser, ten month old Riley Grasseth, and eight month old Ethan Hauser's parents never knew their children's portable cribs and play yards were dangerous.
They also had no idea they had been recalled due to a deadly defect.
"I will never get to watch him grow up,” Laura Hauser, Ethan’s mother said. “I will never get to celebrate his first birthday."
Four years before Ethan was even born, this recall notice was issued for his portable crib.
But the family who originally bought it never found out, and eventually the "hand me down" play pen, with defective side rails, was given to the Hausers.
"It fell in a V and his neck got trapped and he actually asphyxiated, suffocated and died," Hauser said.
Each year millions of children's products are recalled because of safety defects and many families, like Ethan's, tragically never know.
A new federal law now requires companies that make ‘durable infant and toddler products’ to include a pre-stamped post card like these with every product.
Parents just fill in their contact information and mail the card, or go online to register.
If there's ever a recall, the company notifies them directly.
But here's the problem: according to a recent survey by the Consumer Federation of America. 61% of adults with children under the age of 12 have no idea this new notification system even exists.
The new notification law is named after Danny Keyser.
He died in a daycare center's portable crib that was recalled 5 years before he was born.
The law states that contact information can only be used to notify people of a recall.
"The law that put this product registration program in place makes it illegal for companies to use that information for any other purpose," Nancy Cowles of Kids in Danger said.
Hauser says that registering is easy and fast, and more importantly, it can save not only your child’s life, but countless others.
"That's so important that parents should do that,” Hauser said. “I can't say enough that I wish we had this when Ethan was around and this play pen had been pulled from the market and someone had sent in that card."