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seventh generation clear and free baby wipes refill pack
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Seventh Generation    
Seventh Generation
 
 
Amazon
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3/1/2013 This date is an estimate
I am contacting you to inform you of a potential choking hazard
on the 7th generation baby wipes refills packaging. Unfortunately, my family
became alerted to this hazard when my 8 month old had a clear
piece of plastic that peeled off of the wipes packaging removed
from her throat in the hospital emergency room.

In addition to the larger, clear tab that can be peeled back to
open and pull out the wipes, there are two smaller clear tabs or
pieces less than 1 inch by 1 inch and irregularly shaped that
are on the green packaging.

Of course, my husband and I did not notice when one of these
small tabs became loosened or detached, or that the baby had
gotten hold of this plastic piece somehow at the changing table.
When the baby was unable to swallow her usual breakfast of baby
food, I looked in her mouth and observed a clear plastic piece
stuck in the back of her mouth on the roof of her mouth. She
was taken by ambulance to the emergency room at the nearest
hospital, and the pediatric emergency physician was able to
remove the piece. Of course, we are so thankful for the good
outcome to this horrible situation.

While we are responsible for monitoring our own child, we also
believe that the 7th generation wipes should carefully design packaging used around babies and toddlers that is not prone to having this small piece that can easily detach. We had been
purchasing this product via Amazon.com. We will not continue to purchase this product,
insisting that the packaging as the product need to be safe for our child. We have since noticed others wipes packaging including [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] brands which employ a similar
large tape-like tab but do not have such tiny, extraneous pieces
around this main pull tab. We hope you will take our experience
seriously and consider this a serious problem and choking
hazard. The problem is compounded by the fact that it is a
clear tab, making it difficult for parents to notice if it
becomes detached and, perhaps, stuck to clothing or the changing
station.

We did alert seventh generation company of this problem as well. I am now aware that they also produce a wipes container with a hard plastic flip lid. Of course, this product appears to be more expensive, so I am concerned that consumers may want to continue to purchase the resealable wipes that are more cost effective, but contain this design flaw that is so potentially dangerous.
4/12/2013
Home/Apartment/Condominium 
Injury→Injury, Emergency Department Treatment Received
My Child
Female
0 years 8 months
No
No
No
I noted this in the contents of my description of the incident
Yes
N/A
Comment from Seventh Generation 6/6/2013
Protecting the health of consumers lies at the very heart of all we do, and we take our product safety responsibilities very seriously.

Our Baby Wipes are designed with the safety of our consumers in mind. This is the first complaint we have received in our 10 year history of selling this product and we appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention.

We remain extremely sorry about the situation you experienced and we are very glad you shared your concerns with us.

CPSC does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database on SaferProducts.gov, particularly with respect to information submitted by people outside of CPSC.