Oh. My. God. And we thought exploding aromatherapy toys were extreme. Munchkin Inc. and the federal Consumer Product Safety people just recalled 34,000 bathtub subs (pictured) because the intake valve for the little water pump that propels the submarine can – well, here, we’ll let them explain: “The intake valve on the bottom of the submarine toy can suck up loose skin, posing (a) laceration hazard to children. CPSC and the company are aware of 19 incidents of lacerations to boys’ genital area. One of the incidents required medical attention.” Ouch. More details here.
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When we hear the words “spa” and “aromatherapy” we don’t usually associate them with kids … or explosions … or blasting projectiles. Sadly, now we do. The federal Consumer Product Safety people and Jakks Pacific just re-announced their recall of 516,000
Spa Factory Aromatherapy Fountain and Bath Benefits Kits. The product was recalled way back in January 2009, after the manufacturer discovered that the little jars were prone to explode, due to a buildup of carbon dioxide inside. But since then there have been even more injuries – and they’ve also found that the mixture of water with “bath bombs” makes citric acid. To quote the recall notice: “This acid can get into consumers’ eyes when the jars explode, posing a risk of eye irritation.” Lovely.
In all, there have been 100 reports of exploding jars and 26 cases resulted in kids getting hurt, with injuries ranging from eye and skin irritation to one eye injury from a “projectile jar lid.”
The Spa Fantasy kits ($13-$50) were sold at Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target and other stores from August 2008 through August 2010. Need more details? Get ’em here.
In today’s edition of toys that can hurt you, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Step2 are recalling 56,000 Sand & Water Transportation Station toys, like the one pictured, in the U.S. and another 7,700 in Canada. The light blue plastic wheels on the train cars can come off, which poses a potential choking hazard for small children. Trains with grey wheels are OK. Please don’t ask about the chartreuse or magenta wheels, because we don’t know.
The toys were sold at Target and other stores for $49-$59, and Step2 is offering to replace the train cars. Need more details? Get ’em here.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Land of Nod toymakers just recalled 2,100 “Play With Your Veggies” toys (pictured) because the asparagus can cut you. Ahem. There’s a metal wire inside the asparagus spears, and the pointy bits can tear skin. The radish, onion and fellow vegetables are not implicated in the recall. Need more info? Get it here.
Fisher-Price and the federal consumer safety folks just recalled 96,000 of these Little People Play ‘n Go Campsite toys. The plastic doll can break apart at the waist, exposing small parts that can pose a choking hazard. The problem seems confined to the Sonya Lee dolly in this set, not the tent or other play pieces, so if you’ve got one of these, remove the doll and contact Fisher-Price for a new one. Perhaps Barbie and Ken would like to go camping instead…
This is just heartbreaking. Two boys, ages 9 and 10, died after accidentally inhaling rubber darts from a cheap toy. Now the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Family Dollar Stores is recalling 1.8 million of these toy dart gun sets, which include soft, pliable plastic darts. The incidents involved boys in Chicago and Milwaukee who were goofing around, as kids sometimes do, and apparently stuck the darts in their mouths.
The FDA just announced a recall on some varieties of HAPPYTOT and HAPPYBABY Pouch Meals, due to a packaging defect that could cause bacterial contamination. You’re looking for pouches with plastic caps and an expiration date between Nov. 2010 and January 2011. Follow the link for specifics.
CPSC just pulled the plug on 174,000 Papyrus children’s cards ($7, pictured) with little wooden bracelets. Super cute, but unfortunately, the beads on the bracelets have excessive amounts of lead.
And they also recalled 252,000 Tiny Tink and Friends Children’s Toy Jewelry Sets, because the connectors that hold the charms contain lead. The recalled jewely includes two varieties of Tinker Bell’s Lil’ Tinker Bracelet, Rosetta’s
Rosebud Key Chain and Silvermist’s Water Lily Necklace. And if you’re a Tinker Bell aficionado, you’ll know that Tink, Rosebud and Silvermist are all Disney fairies. Again, follow the links for pics and instructions on what to do next.
Remember the worries about children’s jewelry carrying toxic loads of cadmium? Well, federal watchdogs and FAF Inc. just recalled 55,000 “Princess & the Frog” necklaces (photo, left) sold at Walmart stores, because of high levels of the potent carcinogen. If your child has one of these, take it away immediately. If you’re not sure if what you’ve got is one of these, follow this link to see model numbers and UPC coding. Take the jewelry back to any Walmart for a full refund or free replacement.
It’s episode number 4,624 in the “Toy Helicopters Erupt Into Flames” saga – or it feels that way anyway. RadioShack and the Consumer Product Safety people just recalled 6,000 Danbar Knight Hawk Toy Helicopters, after a store demo model caught fire while it was charging. Ahem. Some 971,000 toy helicopters were recalled in 2008 after they burrrrst into flames too. I think there’s a message here …
Got a pacifier? Might want to check that thing. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety folks just recalled 641,000 “Bobby Chupete” Pacifiers. Seems these $1 binkies have a mouth guard that’s so small, it poses a choking hazard for babies and tots. If you’ve got one, take it away from your child and contact the company for a refund or replacement.