Fisher-Price and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a voluntary recall of millions of tricycles, toy cars, high chairs and inflatable ball toys due to reports of injuries – including genital bleeding.
The products involved in the recall include:
- Fisher-Price Tough Trikes toddler tricycles. So far, 10 injuries in 2- to 3-year-old girls have been reported to Fisher-Price and the CPSC, and six of those required medical attention. The girls were injured by falling on the disc-shaped or D-shaped plastic key that protrudes from the seat by at least 5/8 of an inch, and is located 3 inches in front of the seat. Approximately 7 million of the tricycles were sold in the United States between January 1997 and September. The tricycles involved in the recall have a manufacture run number higher than 1670Q2; the run number can be found under the seat below the model number. Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles were recalled in the United States, as well as some in Canada, because of a protruding, plastic “ignition” key that could result in injury and even genital bleeding if a child fell on it.
- Approximately 100,000 Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway toys in the United States and Canada. The toy is sold with small cars that have wheels which may detach and pose a choking hazard. The cars at issue are the purple and green cars marked with the word “MEXICO” and don’t have a yellow dot on the bottom.
- Nearly 1 million Fisher-Price Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs were recalled in the United States and Canada, because children can fall on the rear pegs, used for high-chair storage, and suffer injury or laceration. All three high chairs have a folding frame and reclining seat. Families can find the manufacture date by looking at the date code on the back of the seat — if the fourth digit in the date code is 6 or less, it’s included in the recall.
- Nearly 3 million Fisher-Price infant toys with inflatable balls were recalled because they may pose a choking hazard . Forty-six incidents in which the valve came off the ball were reported, and in 14 reports, children put the valves in their mouths. In three reports, a child had begun to choke. This recall includes the following Fisher-Price products:
A. All Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground,
- B. Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade,
- C. Baby Gymtastics Play Wall
- D. Bat & Score Goal
- E. Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium The date code for the Ocean Wonders toy is located on the back of the fabric tag on the quilt, if the fourth digit of the date code is 7 or lower, the product has been recalled.
- F. 1-2-3 Tetherball toys manufactured before 2008. The date code for the Tetherball toy is located on the bottom of the base. If the fourth digit of the date code is 7 or lower, the product has been recalled.
Some of the toys have been marketed by Fisher-Price for 10 years. The Fisher Price spokesperson Juliette Reashor said it took the company several years to agree to and to announce these recalls “because it’s important for the company to find repetition in injury reports, to determine if incidents are isolated or if there’s a pattern related to the toy.”
Families can contact Fisher-Price at 800-432-5437 or www.service.mattel.com for free replacements or fixes for the recalled toys. The company recommends all families to remove all recalled items from their children’s reach.
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