Recent Toy Recalls
Toy recalls have been in the news lately, with a rash of defective kids' products posing a danger in the home. As is usually the case with matters of your kids' safety, the best defense is to stay informed. Here's a look at some of the most recent product recalls, as well as ways you can stay on top of safety issues as they occur. For the most up-to-date recall information, visit our Children's Product and Toy Recalls page.
Fisher-Price Trikes with Protruding Keys
Fourteen models of Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles have been recalled because the protruding D-shaped or disc-shaped fake key could seriously injure a child who falls on it. The recall includes some Barbie, Kawasaki, Thomas, Dora, and Diego trikes, as well as other models. For more information, parents can call the Fisher-Price recall hotline at (800) 432-5437, or visit the company's recall website.
Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway
Citing a choking hazard, Fisher-Price has issued a recall for its Little People Wheelies Stand ï¿½n Play Rampway. The company says the wheels on the purple and the green cars can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children. Parents should take the cars away from kids immediately. For more information, parents can call the Fisher-Price recall hotline at (800) 432-5437, or visit the company's recall website.
Fisher-Price Infant Toys with Inflatable Balls
Fisher-Price says the valve of the inflatable ball on six models of its infant toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to young children. They have issued a recall for the following toys: Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground, Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade, Baby Gymtastics Play Wall, Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium (models C3068 and H8094), 1-2-3 Tetherball, and Bat & Score Goal. All of these were sold prior to 2008. Parents should immediately remove the inflatable ball from the product and keep it away from children. For more information or a free replacement kit, parents can call the Fisher-Price recall hotline at (800) 432-5437, or visit the company's recall website.
Melissa and Doug Products
Health Canada has issued a recall of several products from the Melissa and Doug line of children's toys, after receiving reports of barium in the surface paint. The affected toys are the Slice and Bake Cookie Set, Shape Sorting Cube, and Pound-a-Peg. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has not yet issued a recall of its own, and no replacement or refund programs have been announced.
My Pal Scout Electronic Plush Toy Dogs
These plush dogs, from educational toy manufacturer LeapFrog, have been found to pose a choking hazard. Decals on their paws can detach from the toy, and may be swallowed by small children. Replacements are available from the manufacturer, which have embroidered paws rather than decals. For more information, parents can call LeapFrog at (800) 701-5327, or visit www.leapfrog.com/recall
Weight Watchers Hungry Monster
The Weight Watchers "Hungry Monster," a promotional item sold exclusively by Weight Watchers between April and July 2009, has been found in some cases to contain sewing needles in their stuffing, posing a puncture hazard. Consumers can receive a full refund from Weight Watchers. For more information, call Weight Watchers at (866) 288-3891, or visit www.weightwatchers.com
Tupperware Toy Maracas
Plastic toy maracas from Tupperware Inc. can break, exposing small parts that pose a choking hazard. Parents can return the maracas for a refund or gift certificate. Refund forms are available at www.tupperware.com, or call (888) 887-9273 for more information.
State Farm Good Neigh Bears
The State Farm insurance company gave away complimentary teddy bears, called "Good Neigh Bears," at promotional events held between September 2005 and March 2007. The bears' plastic eyes pose a choking hazard. Parents are encouraged to discard the bears.
Playhouse Disney "Handy Manny" Toolsets
The Playhouse Disney "Handy Manny" Toolsets feature plastic eyes that can detach from the main piece, and pose a choking hazard. Parents who purchased this toy are entitled to a full refund, either by calling the Disney store at (866) 902-2798, or visiting www.disneystore.com
JAKKS Pacific Spa Factory Aromatherapy Kits
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, "Pressure from the buildup of carbon dioxide in the jars of Bath Bombs/Balls or Bath Fizzies can cause the caps on the jars to blow off, posing explosion and projectile hazards. The mixtures also can contain citric acid, which can get into the eyes during an explosion, posing a risk of eye irritation."
Buzz's Boatyard Toy Boats
Toy boats released by Buzz's Boatyard, including models representing the Titanic and a tugboat, have been recalled due to lead paint. Costumers can contact Buzz's Boatyard directly for a refund or exchange by calling (877) 207-1923..
LTD Commodities Wood Abacus
A wooden abacuse sold by LTD Commodities has been recalled due to a choking hazard - the movable blocks can come detached from the abacus. Parents should take the abacus away from children immediately. Contact LTD Commodities for a product credit either by calling (866) 736-3654, or visiting their website, www.ltdcommodities.com.
TCB Imports Toy Police Car
Toy Police Cars sold by TCB Imports have been recalled for a violation of the lead paint standard, although no incident or injuries have been reported. Parents whose children own the affected products should contact the company for more information at (888) 674-5497, or visit their website: www.tcbimports.com.
Hobbico Radio-Controlled Helicopter
The rechargeable battery in Hobbico Inc.'s radio-controlled helicopter can combust during charging. Costumers are entitled to a free replacement battery by contacting Hobbico at (866) 462-2426, or by visiting www.electrifly.com.
Fisher-Price Learning Pots and Pans
Due to a production error, some Fisher-Price Learning Pots and Pans are missing screws that hold a blue pan's plastic cover in place. Should the cover detach, the product will release small balls that present a choking hazard. If the blue pan has all six screws in place, no further action is needed. If any are missing, parents should contact the manufacturer at (888) 521-0820 or www.service.mattel.com.
Skippy Pool Toys
"Skippy" is a plastic fish that kids can launch across the surface of a pool, using an elastic mechanism. Several injuries have been reported, due to the fish's plastic tongue detaching and lacerating users. Parents are advised to take this product away from their children immediately. Visit the manufacturer's website, www.swimways.com, for more information.
Laugh & Learn Kitchen Toys
This product contains numerous small pieces that could pose a choking hazard to small children, if they become detached. Parents can request a free repair kit from Fisher-Price, through the parent company's website: www.service.mattel.com.
The military-themed Elite Operations action figures sold at Toys "R" Us have been recalled for a violation of the lead paint standard. Four models are implicated in the recall: Super Rigs, Command Patrol Center, Barracuda Helicopter, and 3 Pack 8-inch Figures. For product numbers and further information, visit the Toys "R" Us website.
Toy Pirate Swords
The Gymboree Corporation is recalling plastic pirate swords due to reports of the products breaking and posing a laceration hazard. No injuries have been reported, but the product can be returned for a full refund. Visit www.gymboree.com for more details.
Dunkin' Donuts Glow Sticks
During a promotion at Dunkin' Donuts, which ran from September through October 2007, the chain gave away glow sticks with purchases of donuts. It has since been determined that the glow sticks pose strangulation and choking dangers to children. The company is offering a free donut to parents who return a glow stick to their local store. Visit www.dunkindonuts.com for more information.