Tricycles and Highchairs Among 11 Million Toys Recalled by Fisher-Price
Fisher-Price, a part of Mattel Inc, is cooperating with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and has issued four separate recalls of children’s items, which include over 11 million units, after reports of children either being cut or choking on loose parts. The recall is the largest for toys since a 2008 federal law increased the agency’s powers.
The recall comes after Fisher-Price and Mattel notified the CPSC of certain design and manufacturing flaws. Spokesman Scott Wolfson says that this triggered an investigation that found additional defects.
Recalled Tricycles and Highchairs were sold In United States and Canada
Fisher-Price is recalling 7 million tricycles distributed in the US (150,000 in Canada) after 10 injuries were reported when children were cut by a protruding disc-shaped and D-shaped pretend key. The recall includes Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles manufactured before June 16, 2010 (those produced afterward have a modified key in a flattened D shape). Model numbers include J72633 Hot Wheels Trike, 72639 Barbie Free Spirit Trike, 72642 Lil’ Kawasaki Trike, 72643 Boys Tough Trike, 72644 Girls Tough Trike, 72792 Kawasaki Trike, B8775 Kawasaki Tough Trike, B8776 Barbie Tough Trike, K6672 Dora the Explorer Tough Trike, K6673 Diego Tough Trike, M5727 Barbie Tough Trike Princess Ride-On, N6021 Kawasaki Tough Trike, T6209 Thomas Tough Trike, and V4270 Diego Tough Trike.
The Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway is being recalled because the wheels on the purple and green cars can come off, posing a choking hazard. The toy, manufactured in Mexico, was sold in mass merchandize stores between April 2010 and September 2010 for about $45 and is intended for children 1 ½ to 5 years of age. Model numbers T4261 and V6378 are included in the recall.
Infant products are also part of the recall. About 950,000 Healthy Care, Easy Clean, and Close to Me High Chairs are being recalled in the US (125,000 in Canada) because children can fall on or against the pegs on the rear legs of the high chair resulting in injuries or lacerations. The company has received reports of 14 injuries, including seven children who needed stitches and one treated for a tooth injury. Model numbers, found on the back of the seat, are as follows:
• Healthy Care High Chair - Model Numbers: 79638, 79639, 79640, 79641, B0326, B2105, B2875, C4630, C4632, C5936, G4406, G8659, H0796, H1152, H4864, H7241, K2927, L1912
• Close to Me High Chair - Model Numbers: H8906
• Easy Clean High Chair - Model Numbers: H9178, J4011, J6292, J8229
The company is recalling several toys with inflatable balls due to choking hazard, including the following brands: Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Cruise Playground™, Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Slide Arcade™ , Baby Gymtastics™ Play Wall, Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium (C3068 and H8094), 1-2-3 Tetherball™, Bat & Score Goal™. About 2.8 million have been sold in the US and 125,000 in Canada. The company is aware of 54 reports of incidents where the valve came off, presenting a choking hazard. At least 14 were found inside a child’s mouth.
Consumers who have the recalled products are urged to stop using the toys immediately and contact Fisher-Price for repair kits or replacements. Contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 432-5437 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 432-5437 end_of_the_skype_highlighting between 9am and 6pm ET Monday through Friday, or visit the website at www.service.mattel.com.
For more information about each specific product, including pictures, visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website.