Fisher-Price Issues Massive Recall for Tricycles, High Chairs, and ToysSep 30, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Fisher-Price is recalling more than 10 million defective tricycles, high chairs and toys for infants and toddlers in the US and Canada. The recalled products are linked to 24 reported incidents of injuries to young children. A complete list of products included in these recalls can be accessed here.
Trikes and Tough Trikes Toddler Tricycles
The massive Fisher-Price recall includes 7 million Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles sold in the US, and 150,000 of the same sold in Canada. According to the recall notice, a child can strike, sit or fall on the protruding plastic ignition key resulting in serious injury, including genital bleeding. The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (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.
These recalled tricycles were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide from January 1997 through August 2010 for about $25. The trikes are intended for children 2 to 5 years of age and have either a disc-shaped or D-shaped pretend key. 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 model numbers are located under the seat in the storage compartment.
Consumers should immediately place the trikes out of children’s reach and contact Fisher-Price for a free replacement key.
Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs
Fisher-Price is also recalling Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs. The recall includes 950,000 high chairs sold in the US and 125,000 sold in Canada. 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. The 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.
These recalled high chairs were sold in mass merchandise retail stores nationwide from September 2001 through September 2010 for between about $70 and $115. 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.
Consumers should stop using the High Chair immediately and contact Fisher-Price for instructions and a free repair kit.
Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway
Today’s Fisher-Price recalls also include about 100,000 Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway toys and another 20,000 sold in Canada. The wheels on the purple and the green cars included with these toys can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children. Fisher-Price has received two reports of a wheel detaching from a vehicle. No injuries have been reported.
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.
These toys were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide from April 2010 through September 2010 for about $45. About 2.8 million were sold in the US, while another 125,000 were sold in Canada.
Consumers should immediately take the affected purple and the green cars away from children and contact Fisher-Price for free replacement cars.
Toys with Inflatable Balls
Finally, Fisher-Price is also recalling 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. The valve on an inflatable ball on these toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to young children. The 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.
Consumers should immediately remove the inflatable ball from the product and keep away from children. Do not discard the inflatable ball. Contact Fisher-Price for a free replacement kit.
For additional information regarding any of these recalls, consumers should 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 www.service.mattel.