Childrens Stuffed and Wooden Toys RecalledJul 30, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
In the first of two toy recalls today, stuffed toy dogs imported by Daiso LLC, of Burlingame, California were recalled due to a chocking hazard. About 40 of the stuffed toy dogs were manufactured in China and sold in Daiso retail stores in California and Washington State from October 2007 through December 2007. The recalled stuffed toy dogs, which contain small parts, posing a choking hazard to young children, retailed for about $3.00.
The recalled stuffed toy dogs are crème colored with black eyes and nose; some have brown spots on the back. A tag attached to the toy is written in Japanese and contains the following UPC codes: 4947678264166 and 4947678246063.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the toy’s manufacturer are alerting consumers to immediately stop using the stuffed toy dogs and return them to any Daiso retail store for a full refund. For additional information, contact Daiso toll-free at (866) 768-4620 between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Website at: www.daisollc.com
In the second of the recalls, a variety of wooden toys have been recalled by Earthentree of Kirkland, Washington because of choking and strangulation hazards.
About 375 toys have been recalled because they either contain small parts or can break into small parts, which poses a choking hazard. Also, the recalled wooden rattles violate the federal rattle standard and some of the toys also have a string longer than 12 inches, which can pose a strangulation hazard to young children.
The wooden toys include maracas (egg shakers), pull toys, rattles, and trains. The toys are painted glossy red, orange, green, brown, and yellow paints or are painted with a clear gloss over natural wood and sold at Earthentree’s Web site and at fairs, trade shows, and retail stores nationwide from December 2007 through May 2008. The toys, which were made in India, retailed for between $7 and $34.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Earthentree for exchange or refund. For additional information, contact Earthentree at (800) 963-1593 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Website at: www.earthentree.com/recall.asp
There has been a surge of toy recalls in recent months, with over six million last, the highest number ever for product defects. Recalls are due, in part, to U.S. trade agreements encouraging American toymakers to cut costs by shifting production overseas, according to the watchdog group Public Citizen. Public Citizen’s report states over 87% of U.S. toys are imported, a huge shift from the 1970s when nearly 90% of US toys were produced domestically. "This toy safety crisis was made in America by toy corporations who chose to relocate their production to locations that can't ensure toy safety," says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division. “Failed trade policy" encouraged U.S. toy companies to move much of their manufacturing overseas to areas with less reliable safety standards, according to Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.