Scrutiny of Fisher-Price toys by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) has resulted in multiple voluntary recalls announced this morning:
Seven million (in the U.S.) and 150,000 in Canada) children’s 3-wheel bicycles known as tricycles or “Tough Trikes” for toddlers, are being recalled due to a protruding plastic ignition “key”. The key is believed to cause serious injuries to young children if they sit, strike or fall on it. The trikes were manufactured for Fisher-Price in Mexico. For additional information about the trike recall or obtaining a replacement key, consumers may contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.service.mattel.com
2.8 Million other children’s toy products manufactured for Fisher Price, which contain parts that could be choking hazards in children’s aquariums, a toy called “Bat n’ Feather,” and toys containing detachable parts and small inflatable balls are also being recalled. These toys were manufactured for Fisher Price and called Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Cruise Playground™, Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Slide Arcade™ and Baby Gymtastics™ Play Wall were made in Mexico. The Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium, 1-2-3 Tetherball™ and Bat & Score Goal™ and were made in China. Photos of these toys can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10362.html
100,000 Fisher Price toys sold under the name “Little People Wheelies Stand n’ Play Rampway,” which contain two small cars that can become detached, were recalled as possible choking hazards to young children. This children’s toy was manufactured in Mexico.
Among other Fisher-Price children’s products being recalled today are 950,000 children’s high chairs, marketed under product names such as “Healthy Care,” “Easy Clean,” and “Close to Me,” due to a clip on the back of the chairs used to retain the high chair trays when not in use. The clip apparently is sharp and represents a laceration to toddlers.
The Fisher-Price and Mattel websites have published the serial numbers of the toys being recalled today. Consumers of these products are urged to visit these websites and check to learn if they have products with the listed serial numbers and for the recall instructions.
ChildSafetyBlog.org intends to remain vigilant and will continue to post recall notices as they become available!
Infant Sleep Positioners Are Recalled As Dangerous!
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued a warning to parents and caregivers to immediately stop using, not to purchase and/or to return any infant sleep positioner currently being used by parents and caregivers for infants.
Sleep positioners, both “flat mat” or “inclined wedge” styles, have been determined to be dangerous and may cause suffocation of an infant. During the past 13 years, the CPSC and FDA have received reports of 12 deaths resulting from their use. The urgent warning to parents and caregivers on CPSC.gov reads as follows:
“CPSC and the FDA are warning parents and child care providers to:
- STOP using sleep positioners. Using a positioner to hold an infant on his or her back or side for sleep is dangerous and unnecessary.
- NEVER put pillows, infant sleep positioners, comforters, or quilts under a baby or in a crib.
- ALWAYS place an infant on his or her back at night and during nap time. To reduce the risk of SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing infants to sleep on their backs and not their sides.” Even manufacturers of sleep positioners that have not been approved by the FDA have also been urged to stop manufacture until they submit their products to the FDA for a pre-market review and have obtained approval of their product.
Photos of sleep positioners can be viewed at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10358.html