Dangerous Toys

Posted on behalf of Gordon & Doner on Feb 19, 2013 in Consumer Alerts


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Toys: The Dangerous Dozen

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is launching a new safety campaign to get dangerous toys out of people's homes. Despite recall notices and public warnings, CPSC has found that many products with the potential to seriously injure or kill are still being used by consumers. CPSC is releasing a list of dangerous recalled toys -- encompassing a total of nearly 50,000,000 product units, which might still be in people's homes. Parents can use the list to check for recalled toys before they bring new toys into their homes over the holidays.

"We can get recalled toys off store shelves," said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown, "but the more difficult task is to get recalled toys out of people's homes. Before you check off your holiday toy buying list, use our "Dangerous Dozen" list to check recalled toys that might still be lurking in your child's toy chest.

The CPSC has issued its list of hazardous toys recalled in the past year. Parents can use the list to do a holiday safety checkup of their homes. Parents can get the list by going to the CPSC Web site, or calling toll free, 1-800-638-2772. This list identifies recalled toys that are off store shelves but may still be lurking in toy boxes or closets.

Recalled Toys that May Still be in Consumers' Homes.

1. Pokemon Balls

25 million distributed in Burger King kids meals in November and December, 1999, may pose a suffocation hazard to children under three years of age if either half of the ball gets stuck on the child's face, covering the nose and mouth. A 13-month-old girl and a 4-month-old boy reportedly suffocated when one-half of a Pokemon ball covered the nose and mouth. In addition, CPSC is aware of several non-suffocation incidents. Take the "Pokemon Balls" (including the clip) away from children under the age of three and discard the ball or return both halves to a Burger King restaurant for a free small order of french fries.

2. KFC Tangled Treeples Toy

425,000 distributed in KFC kids meals in June and July, 2000. The container can fit over a child's nose and mouth, posing a suffocation hazard to children less than three years of age. A 19-month-old girl reportedly had the Tangled Treeples container stuck over her face, causing her distress. When her mother removed the container, there was a red mark left on the child's face. Discard the container or return it to any KFC restaurant for an individual-sized side item, such as macaroni and cheese.

3. Fazoli's Pasta Pals

310,000 distributed in Fazoli's kids meals from January to August, 2000. The container can fit over a child's nose and mouth, which could pose a suffocation hazard to children less than three years of age. Fazoli's received one report of a child putting the container over his mouth. Discard the container or return it to any Fazoli's restaurant for a free Italian Lemon Ice.

4. Scooters: 'Kent Kickin' Mini-Scooters

310,000 distributed in Fazoli's kids meals from January to August, 2000. The container can fit over a child's nose and mouth, which could pose a suffocation hazard to children less than three years of age. Fazoli's received one report of a child putting the container over his mouth. Discard the container or return it to any Fazoli's restaurant for a free Italian Lemon Ice.

5. Toy Basketball Nets

11 million sold between 1976 and 1998 can strangle children on loops or openings in nets that come unhooked from the rim or have knots that slide. CPSC is aware of more than 20 reports of children under five years old whose head or neck caught in the net of a toy basketball set, and an 18-month-old child died after becoming entangled in a partly unhooked net. People should remove and throw away nets that can unhook or have knots that slide. Call the manufacturer to get new nets that securely attach to the rim and do not have sliding knots.

6. Sky Dancers Flying Dolls

8.9 million sold from 1994 through 2000 can fly rapidly in unpredictable directions and can hit and injure both children and adults. Galoob Toys Inc. and CPSC know about 170 reports of the dolls striking children and adults resulting in 150 reports of injuries. The injuries include eye injuries, broken teeth, a mild concussion, a broken rib and facial lacerations. Call Galoob toll-free at (877) 598-5599 to get instructions on how to return the flying dolls to receive a product of equal value.

7. Wiggle Waggle Caterpillar

One million sold from 1998 through 2000 from Child Guidance presents a choking hazard because of small balls attached to these toys. CPSC has received one report of a five-month-old girl choking to death after one of the small balls attached to the toy lodged in her throat. CPSC also received reports of two children who started to choke on the ball from this toy. Call Child Guidance at (877) 586-1006 for information about sending back the toy to receive another toy of similar value.

8. Battery-Powered Toy Riding Vehicles

500,000 sold by Tek Nek Toys, Empire Industries and Fisher-Price from 1995 through 2000 depending on model. Battery charger can overheat presenting a fire hazard (Tek Nek, Empire), or foot pedals can stick in the "on" position and children can be injured when vehicle fails to stop or strikes other objects (Fisher- Price motorcycles).

9. Busy Poppin Pals

590,000 sold from 1994 through 2000 by Playskool have small springs inside that can break loose, posing a choking and laceration hazard to young children. Playskool received 24 reports of the springs breaking. Five children put the broken springs in their mouths, resulting in two children suffering lacerations. Call Playskool at (877) 518-9743 to receive a free, redesigned toy.

10. Klackeroo

550,000 sold from October 1997 through September 2000 by Playskool has small, geometric-shaped pieces that come loose, posing a choking hazard to infants and young children. Playskool received 10 reports of the toy's knobs detaching to release small parts, including four reports of a small part from the toy being found in the mouth of an infant or young child. Call Playskool at (888) 671-9764 to get a redesigned replacement toy.

11. Leapfrog Alphabet Pal

500,000 electronic pull toys sold from June 1999 through November 2000 by Knowledge Kids Enterprises Inc. have a red plastic connector on the pull string that can be pulled apart, and the end pieces pose a choking hazard to young children. The company received nine reports of the red plastic connector detaching, but no injuries were reported. Cut the red plastic connector off of the strings on this toy. Call the company at (877) 477-6641.

12. Xylophone Mallets from Stand-Up 'N Play Tables

124,000 sold from 1996 through 1999 can become lodged in the throat of a young child, posing a choking hazard. Shelcore Inc. received a report of the mallet being jammed into the throat of a 13-month-old boy after he fell while teething on the ball end of the mallet. Lacerations in the throat resulted when an adult had to forcibly remove the mallet to prevent choking. Call Shelcore at (800) 777- 0453 to get a free replacement mallet.

"We urge people to get CPSC's list and get recalled toys out of your home before the new ones arrive for the holidays," said Brown. CPSC's toll-free telephone hotline and Web site provide information about recalled products and information on what to look for when buying products. Consumers can reach the hotline at (800) 638-2772.

To get a list of all toy recalls from the past year, consumers can also send a postcard to "Toy Recall List," CPSC, Washington, D.C. 20207.

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