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Fisher-Price Recalls 10 Million Toys

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fisher price recall 9 30 10 Fisher Price Recalls 10 Million ToysThe Consumer Product Safety Commission and its Canadian counterpart, Health Canada, say Fisher-Price, the giant toy manufacturer, is voluntarily recalling some 10.1 million potentially dangerous toys and high chairs.

It’s the biggest toy recall of the year, reports CBS News Correspondent Michelle Miller, and involves a wide range of toys, from trikes to small cars, and high chairs.

It includes (7.15 million trikes, 2.9 million infant toys, 1 million high chairs, and 120,000 cars and ramp ways.

No deaths have been reported involving any of the recalled items, but associated injuries include choking and cuts requiring stitches.

The trikes have a protruding key causing 10 reported injuries. The high chairs have seven reports of children hurt on pegs on the chairs’ rear legs, and the cars and ramp ways and infant toys have faulty parts that pose a choking hazard.

The CPSC is telling parents to stp using the high chairs and to keep their kids from playing with the toys, and to call Fischer Price for repair kits and replacement parts. They’ve already been pulled off store shelves.

In a statement, Fisher-Price says it “will be providing safety replacements/fixes for four products. … Our actions reflect our continuing commitment to the safety of our products.”

The CPSC says this sweeping recall should serve as a warning for toy manufacturers. “We are vigilant in looking at all products for children to make sure that the hazards will be removed and that children will not be injured,” its chairman, Inez Tenenbaum, remarked to CBS News.

DETAILS ON THE ITEMS INVOLVED

Infant Toys with Inflatable Balls Due to Choking Hazard

Name of products: 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
Units: About 2.8 million in the US and about 125,000 in Canada
Importer: Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y.
Hazard: The valve of the inflatable ball on these toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 46 reports of incidents where the valve came off in the US and eight reports in Canada. These include 14 reports of the valve found in a child’s mouth and three reports of a child beginning to choke. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the products listed below:
All of the Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground, Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade, C3068 Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium, Baby Gymtastics Play Wall, Bat & Score Goal are included in this recall. Only H8094 Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium and J0327 1-2-3 Tetherball manufactured before 2008 are included in this recall.
The date code for the H8094 Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium is located on the back side of the fabric tag on the quilt. The date code for the J0327 1-2-3 Tetherball is located on the bottom of the base. If the fourth digit of the six-digit date code is, 7 or less, the product is included in the recall. No other Fisher-Price products with inflatable balls are included in this recall.

Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs Due to Laceration Hazard

Name of product: Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs
Units: About 950,000 high chairs in the U.S. and 125,000 in Canada
Importer: Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y.
Hazard: Children can fall on or against the pegs on the rear legs of the high chair resulting in injuries or lacerations. The pegs are used for high chair tray storage.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 14 reports of incidents, including seven reports of children requiring stitches and one tooth injury. One of these incidents was reported in Canada.
Description: This recall involves the Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs with pegs on the back legs intended for tray storage. The high chairs have a folding frame for storage and a three-position reclining seat. The model number and date code of the high chair is on the back of the seat. All Easy Clean and Close To Me High Chairs are included in this recall. Only Healthy Care High Chairs manufactured before December 2006 are included in the recall. If the fourth digit in the date code is 6 or less, the Healthy Care High Chair is included in the recall.
Sold at: Mass merchandise retail stores nationwide from September 2001 through September 2010 for between about $70 and $115.
Manufactured in: Healthy Care High Chairs were made in China. Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs were made in Mexico.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the High Chair immediately and contact Fisher-Price for instructions and a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, 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 http://www.service.mattel.com.

Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway Due to Choking Hazard

Name of product: Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway
Units: About 100,000 in the U.S. and 20,000 in Canada
Importer: Fisher-Price of East Aurora, N.Y.
Hazard: The wheels on the purple and the green cars can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: Fisher-Price has received two reports of a wheel detaching from a vehicle. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recall involves Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway with model numbers T4261 and V6378. They were sold with small cars that a child can push down winding ramps. Only the purple and the green cars that are marked “Mexico” and do not have a yellow dot on the bottom are included in the recall. The toy is intended for children 1 ½ to 5 years of age.
Sold at: Mass merchandise stores nationwide from April 2010 through September 2010 for about $45.
Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the affected purple and the green cars away from children and contact Fisher-Price for free replacement cars.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, 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 http://www.service.mattel.com.

Children’s Trikes Due to Risk of Serious Injury

Name of product: Fisher Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles
Units: About 7 Million in the United States and 150,000 in Canada.
Manufacturer: Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y.
Hazard: A child can strike, sit or fall on the protruding plastic ignition key resulting in serious injury, including genital bleeding.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 10 reports of incidents resulting in injury. Six of the incidents required medical attention after young girls, ages two to three years old, fell against or on the protruding disc-shaped and D-shaped pretend key.
Description: This recall involves the Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles with model numbers listed in the chart below and that have either a disc-shaped or D-shaped pretend key. The model numbers are located under the seat in the storage compartment. The trikes are intended for children 2 to 5 years of age. The pretend keys are located about 3 inches in front of the seat and protrude at least 5/8 inches above the trike’s body.
The trikes manufactured after June 16, 2010 are not included in this recall. These trikes have a modified key in a flattened D shape (see picture below) and a manufacturer run number higher than 1670Q2. The run number indicates the trike was manufactured on the 167th day of 2010 or on June 16, 2010. The run number is found under the seat below the model number.
Sold at: Mass merchandise stores nationwide from January 1997 through September 2010 for about $25.
Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should immediately place the trikes out of children’s reach and contact Fisher-Price for a free replacement key.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, 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 http://www.service.mattel.com.

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