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Toys ‘R’ Us Recalls Imaginarium Activity Center

Toys ‘R’ Us rarely recalls toys as we have learned over the years, however, the CPSC and Toys ‘R’ Us are voluntarily recalling approximately 24,000 Imaginarium Activity Centers due to a choking hazard. The problem is the five-sided wooden Imaginarium Activity Center has small wooden knobs which attach xylophone keys to the activity center and can detach, causing a choking hazard to young children. The Imaginarium was manufactured in China and imported to the U.S. by Toys ‘R’ Us.

Fortunately, there have only been eight reports of the knobs detaching and no reports of injuries thus far. Consumers will find the model number 46284, the Toys ‘R’ Us item number 295909, and the barcode number000799985462841 printed on the box the Imaginarium came in, not on the product itself.

The Imaginarium Activity Center was sold throughout the nation at Toys “R” Us stores and online via www.toysrus.com from August 2009 through September 2010 for approximately $25.

Consumers are advised to completely remove this toy from children’s access and return it to Toys ‘R’ Us for a full refund or store credit. Consumers can contact Toys “R” Us on their toll-free number at 1(800) 869-7787 between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Saturday and between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm’s website at www.toysrus.com/safety.

To view a photo of the Imaginarium Activity Center, please visit CPSC’s website at:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12188.html.

Some Recalled Products Are Still Out There!

Parents and caregivers may be dismayed to learn that some recalled products are still out there and kids are playing with and using them. With the tremendous amount of information available about recalls, one could assume that parents and caregivers are aware of children’s toy, clothing, furniture, medicine and even nutritional product recalls. After all, there’s the Internet, most recalls of children’s products get a sound byte on the TV news programs and videos of faulty products make the rounds on social networking sites. But the truth is some products which have been recalled, have been re-sold. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that some products originally sold by Meijer were found to have been resold by discounters after the products had been recalled. The products originally recalled were found to have been subsequently offered for sale at discount retailers, dollar stores, liquidation firms, flea markets and thrift stores nationwide at various prices. Those products include:

  • The Infantino “Sling Rider” Baby Sling – the Sling Rider baby sling was originally recalled in March 2010. The dates it continued to be resold were from March 2010 through July 2011. The reason for the recall was the slings posed a suffocation hazard to infants and children younger than 4 months old. If you have purchased one of these baby slings, please contact Infantino toll-free at 1(866) 860-1361 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.infantino.com.
  • Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Kick n’ Crawl Aquarium (H8094) – The original recall date was September 2010. It also continued to be resold from September 2010 through July 2011. The reason for the recall was the inflatable ball in the toy which can become detached from the toy and pose a choking hazard to young children. Consumers can call Fisher-Price at 1(800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.service.mattel.com.
  • Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand n’ Play Rampway – The toy was originally recalled in September 2010. It continued to be resold from September 2010 through July 2011. The reason the toy was recalled was wheels on the purple and the green cars can become detached from the toy, again, posing a choking hazard to young children.
  • Munchkin Bathtub Subs – This was originally recalled October 18, 2010–The hazard was the intake valve on the bottom of the submarine toy can suck up loose skin, posing laceration hazard to children. This product, too, continued to be sold after its recall date until July 2011. Parents can call Munchkin at (877) 242-3134 anytime or visit the company’s website at http://www.munchkin.com.
  • Fisher-Price Barbie Tough Trikes (M5727) and Fisher-Price Kawasaki Tough Trikes-Both recalled September 2010 and continued to be sold until July 2011. The hazard was the child can strike, sit or fall on the protruding plastic ignition key resulting in serious injury.

As parents and caregivers, we also need to think “caveat emptor” for “Buyer beware!”– or Be Aware of children’s products which look like they might not be safe. If it looks unsafe, if it has too many small parts, has too sharp edges, makes too loud noises, or like it might not roll safely or sit well, yes, be aware of possible safety concerns. You can always leave it on the shelf and check it out on the CPSC.gov recall website before purchasing, and please continue to follow us on Childsafetyblog.org so we can keep you informed.

A Little Bit of Everything: Vitamin D Supplements, Toy & Jewelry Recalls, and… Finally, Drop-Side Crib Rules!

Recently, the FDA warned parents and caregivers about how an infant or child could be accidentally given an overdose of vitamins, particularly Vitamin D, using Accurate Vitamin D Supplmentation™ due to a faulty medicine dropper, which would allow more than a 400-International Unit drop to pass through it to the infant’s mouth.

The FDA also advises manufacturers of liquid Vitamin D supplements that droppers accompanying  liquid Vitamin products should be clearly and accurately marked for 400 international units (IU). “In addition, for products intended for infants, FDA recommends that the dropper hold no more than 400 IU.” (FDA, June 15, 2010)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says the easiest way for parents and caregivers to avoid giving too much liquid vitamin is to use a medicine dropper that only allows 400 IU/dose to pass through to the infant.  The AAP also “recommended a dose of 400 IU of Vitamin D Supplement per day to breast-fed and partially breast-fed infants.” (AAP Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, 6th edition, p.466).  The concern is that too much Vitamin D given at a time during infancy can ultimately cause kidney damage.  “Excessive amounts of Vitamin D can be harmful to infants, and may be characterized by nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constipation, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, muscle and joint aches, confusion, and fatigue, as well as more serious consequences such as kidney damage.” (AAP, June 15, 2010)

Healthcare professionals, parents and caregivers are urged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of medicine to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program and this can be done by going to the website:

www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm or calling: 1-800-332-1088.

Toy/Jewelry Recalls To Note:

Rhino Toys Inc. recalls Beado Hand-held Bead Playtoys.  About 5,500 of the Beado Hand-held Bead Playtoys have been sold between March and May 2010 for about $12 each. The toy is a colorful playtoy for young children with model number 1501 and date code 02910 04323A.  It was manufactured in China and sold to specialty toy retailers throughout the U.S.  The  toys’ plastic wires can detach from the hubs due to insufficient adhesive, allowing the beads to slide off. The loose beads pose a choking hazard to young children

Approximately 66,000+ pieces of Cadmium Coated Beaded Jewelry made by “SmileMakers” has been recalled by the CPSC. Manufactured in China, the metal substrate in the jewelry contains high levels of Cadmium, which can cause health issues, especially in children.  If you have these beads (bracelets/necklaces), return or dump them! For additional information, contact SmileMakers toll-free at (877) 390-5470 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.  (I’m not Smiling!)

Perhaps the most significant thing that happened this week in Washington, is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted (5 to 0) July 14, 2010, to approve proposed new mandatory standards to address the hazards posed by full-size and non-full-size cribs.   We have been monitoring the safety hazards with these cribs which range from drop-side hardware or other drop-side entrapment issues to failures of the mattress support and detachment or breakage of the crib slats. All of these defects can create hazardous gaps allowing a baby to become entrapped and suffocate or fall out of the crib.

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