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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.

9,000 “Big Mover Super Car” Toy Trucks Recalled Due to Fire Hazard!

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Happy Shirts of Honolulu, Hawaii and Kohl’s, has recalled 9,000 toy trucks sold in gift packages that accompanied boys’ “Happy Tee-shirts”. The toy trucks are the Big Movers Super Car toy trucks that were gifts with the purchase of Big Movers tee-shirts (in sizes small, medium and large).

While the boys’ tee-shirts might make parents happy, the trucks certainly will not, as connections in the toy truck’s battery compartment can smolder and catch on fire, posing a fire and burn hazard to the child playing with the truck. Happy Shirts has received a report of one toy truck catching fire and three additional reports of toy trucks having smoldered when the batteries were placed in the toy trucks. To-date no reports of injuries have been received.

The trucks were manufactured in China, imported by Happy Shirts of Honolulu, Hawaii, and sold exclusively by Kohl’s between February 2012 and March 2012 for about $20. The blue toy trucks are 4 inches in length, have oversized tires and a flashing light on the top of the truck. A yellow, red and blue logo appears on the hood of the toy truck. (In addition, the trucks are noted to have small parts and represent a choking hazard for children less than 3 years of age.)

Parents need to remove the toy trucks from their children’s access and remove the battery in the truck. Consumers may contact the firm, Happy Shirts, for instructions on obtaining a refund by calling toll-free at (855) 354-2779 between noon and 8 p.m. PT (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. HT) Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.happyshirts.com.

For photos of the Big Movers Super Car toy truck and the tee shirts that accompanied them, parents can visit the CPSC website at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12140.html.

Build-A-Bear® Recalls 19,200 Swimwear Sets with Inflatable Innertube

First, these Build-A-Bear® swimwear “sets,” consisting of a bathing suit and innertube, are for teddy bears toys (not for children) to wear. The swimwear/innertube sets were sold from April 2011 through August 2011. Only now, in November 2011, are 19,200 of them being recalled due to a strangulation hazard.

The swimwear and innertube sets were made in China and imported to the U.S. by Build-A-Bear® Workshops. The matching pink innertube accessory that comes with the teddy bear swimwear set can be pulled over a small child’s head posing a strangulation hazard. According to the CPSC, Build-A-Bear received one report in which a 3-year old child had pulled the innertube over her own head and had difficulty removing it.

CPSC noted that “the inner tube is part of the three-piece Fruit Tutu Bikini swimwear set for teddy bears, which includes a two-piece, fruit-print bikini. The inner tube is 9 inches in diameter and pink with white and yellow flowers printed on it. The model number of the swimwear set is 017220 and is located on the price sticker on the “Build-A-Bear” cardboard tag.”

If your child has this teddy bear swimwear set with innertube, please remove it from your child’s access, play area or toy box, and return it to any Build-A-Bear® Workshop store for a $5 store coupon. If it’s not possible to return the set to a Build-A-Bear Workshop store, consumers may contact the company by calling Build-A-Bear Service Representative (toll free) 1-877-789-BEAR (2327) or by visiting the Build-A-Bear website athttp://www.buildabear.com/shopping/contents/content.jsp?catId=300001&id=400005.

To view a photo of this Build-A-Bear Teddy Bear Swimwear Set and Innertube, go to the CPSC website: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12041.html.

Another Toy to Avoid This Holiday Season

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Battat Inc. has voluntarily recalled 95,000 Toulouse Lap-Trec Magnetic Magic Sketchboards as the magnetic pen tip poses a choking hazard to young children.

Battat Inc. of Plattsburgh, New York, imported the Magnetic Magic Sketchboards which were manufactured in China and sold them at Target Stores nationwide for approximately $16 from March 2010 through March 2011.

The hazard is the magnetic tip of the drawing pen, which can become detached from the pen, posing a choking hazard to children. Battat has received 19 reports of the magnetic tip detaching from the pen, but no reports of injuries.

According to CPSC’s recall announcement, the Toulouse-LapTrec magnetic sketchboard has a white plastic writing surface bordered by either a red or brown plastic frame. The sketchboard has a bean bag-type back. Four animal shapes of a rabbit, dog, cat and duck are at the top of the sketchboard. The multicolored magnetic pen is attached to the front of the sketchpad. Consumers can locate the model number BX1026 (red frame) or BX1027 (brown frame) on the paper wrapper that comes with the product at the time it was purchased.

Consumers and parents who have received this toy as a gift for their children should immediately remove it from the child’s access, play area or toy box, and contact the company to receive a free replacement sketchboard. Consumers can call Battat’s toll-free number (866) 665-5524 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Battat’s website at www.battatco.com

For photos of the recalled Toulouse Lap-Trec Magnetic SketchBoard, please visit the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12031.html

ChildSafetyBlog.org is reviewing toys for sale this holiday season, and those who follow our postings may anticipate seeing more recall notices as well as alerts about toys, childhood furniture, children’s clothing and jewelry.