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10 Million Recalls By Fisher – Price

09/30/2010
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Recalls for about 10 million Fisher-Price toys were announced yesterday by the company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada. The recalls were announced jointly by the two safety commissions and Mattel, the parent company of Fisher-Price.

The recalls involve four different products manufactured by Fisher-Price, a child’s trike, a baby play area, a highchair and Little People cars. Consumers should stop using the products immediately and to contact Mattel for information.

The trike recall involves more than 7 million trikes sold primarily in the United States. The plastic trikes, pictured below, have a plastic key which protrudes from the trike in front of where a child sits. The recall was announced following 10 known reported incidents, six of which required medical attention for the two and three-year-old girls injured by striking, sitting or falling against the protruding key.

Fisher-Price also recalled nearly 3 million of several different models of baby play areas with have inflatable balls attached to an arch above the play area because of problems with choking on the valve from the inflatable balls which can become detached and pose a choking hazard to infants.  About 125,000 of the play areas were sold in Canada. Fisher-Price has had 46 reports of the valve detaching in the U.S. and another eight incidents in Canada. The company said, “These include 14 reports of the valve found in a child’s mouth and three reports of a child beginning to choke.” No actual injuries have been reported.

The third announced recall involves Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs. Nearly 1.1 million high chairs have been recalled across the United States and Canada, with nearly one million of those recalled sold in the United States. The CPSC is aware of 14 incidents in which injuries have occurred when children have fallen against the pegs on the rear legs. The injuries have resulted in children receiving stitches in half of those reported cases and one child who suffered a tooth injury from falling against the protruding peg (pictured below).

The final announced recall involves the popular Little People brand – the Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Ramp. This recall involves approximately 120,000 purple and green cars provided as a part of the product. The wheels on the purple and green cars can loosen from the plastic body and become choking hazards for children using the cars. Free replacement vehicles are being offered from Fisher-Price.

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