LEE COUNTY, Fla. - For local charities and second-hand stores, it can be a daily battle to stay on top of product recalls. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida says it receives dozens of donations every week involving recalled items.
On Wednesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the nationwide recall of 2 million Graco baby strollers after reports of four infant deaths.
Officials at Goodwill said they had not received any strollers since the recall, and stressed other recalled products are flagged during sorting and disposed of appropriately. Goodwill says it will not sell a recalled product.
Les Grantham, store manager at the Goodwill on the corner of Plantation and Daniels Pkwy in Ft. Myers, keeps a binder with three years worth of recalled product information. He says he uses it a lot.
"Probably in the neighborhood of ten to twenty times a week," Grantham told WINK News.
He said children's toys are among the most often recalled products donated to Goodwill stores. Many are donated years after they were pulled from store shelves.
"I think a lot of parents put things away for awhile," spokesperson Kirsten O'Donnell said. "Once they decide they don't need it anymore, they don't check a recall list before they donate it."
O'Donnell and Grantham said about 98 percent of recalled products can be sold to metal salvage yards, or sent to plastic recycling centers.
Some items have been recalled so often, the organization no longer accepts them, such as infant car seats.
"It's certainly not malicious when people donate recalled items to us, but it does happen," O'Donnell said.
For more information on product recalls, check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov.