Fisher Price recall

Amie - posted on 09/30/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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For those who don't know.



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Fisher-Price Recall: 10M Trikes, High Chairs and Toys Are Dangerous



Published: September 30th, 2010 • No Comments

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More than 10 million Fisher-Price toys are being recalled in the United States and Canada due to a variety of safety issues, including tricycles that resulted in at least six children requiring medical attention.



The massive Fisher-Price recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday and includes tricycles, Little People play sets, high chairs and inflatable balls that were included in a number of baby play pens and games. More than a dozen children have been injured by both the recalled tricycles and high chairs.



The tricycle recall affects more than 7 million Fisher Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles, with about 150,000 of those sold in Canada. The rest were sold in the U.S. According to the CPSC tricycle recall announcement there is a protruding plastic ignition key that a child can fall or sit on that could cause serious injury, including genital bleeding. The CPSC and the company are aware of 10 injuries connected to the tricycles. In six of those cases, young girls ages two to three required medical attention after falling onto the toy key.



The recalled tricycles include trikes sold under the Hot Wheels, Barbie, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego Go! and Kawasaki labels. A complete list of tricycles affected by the recall is located in the CPSC recall announcement. The tricycles were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide from January 1997 through September 2010 for about $25. The CPSC recommends they be taken away from children until a replacement key can be obtained.



The other products being recalled include the Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs. About 950,000 of the chairs sold in the U.S., and 125,000 sold in Canada are affected by the recall. The CPSC reports that children can fall against the pegs on the rear legs of the high chair, resulting in lacerations and injuries. The CPSC and Fisher-Price report that at least seven children have required stitches and one suffered a tooth injury. There have been 14 incident reports in all.



The recall involves all Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs, and Healthy Care High Chairs made after December 2006. A complete list of affected model numbers is located in the CPSC high chair recall announcement. The high chairs were sold at mass merchandise retail stores nationwide from September 2001 through September 2010 for between about $70 and $115. The CPSC recommends parents stop using the chairs and contact Fisher-Price for instructions and a free repair kit.



Also being recalled are about 2.8 million Fisher-Price infant toys sold in the U.S., and about 125,000 sold in Canada, that include inflatable balls. The valve on the balls can come off of the toys and become a choking hazard for small children. There have been 54 incident reports of the valves coming off. In 14 cases they were found in children’s mouths and in three cases the child had begun to choke when they were discovered. There have been no injuries reported.



The recall affects the Baby Playzone Crawl and Cruise Playground, the Baby Playzone Crawl and Slide Arcade, the Baby Gymnastics Play Wall, the Ocean Wonders Kick and Crawl Aquarium, 1-2-3- Tetherball and the Bat & Score Goal. Product numbers, prices and other information is available in the CPSC Fisher-Price inflatable ball recall announcement. Consumers should remove the balls and keep them away from children. They can contact Fisher-Price for a free replacement kit.



The massive toy recall also includes about 100,000 Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n’ Play Rampways sold in the U.S., and 20,000 sold in Canada. According to the CPSC play set recall announcement, the wheels on some of the cars can come off and pose a choking hazard to children. Fisher-Price received two reports of the wheels detaching, but there have been no reports of injuries.



The recall affects Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n’ Play Rampways with the model numbers T4261 and V6378. The recall only applies to the purple and green cars that were included in the set marked “Mexico” that do not have a yellow dot on the bottom. The toys were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide from April 2010 through September 2010 for about $45. Consumers should take the cars away from children immediately and contact Fisher-Price for free replacements.



Here's a list of what's recalled with model numbers:



HIGH CHAIRS



* Healthy Care High Chair



Model numbers: 79638, 79639, 79640, 79641, B0326, B2105, B2875, C4630, C4632, C5936, G4406, G8659, H0796, H1152, H4864, H7241, K2927, L1912



* Close to me High Chair



Model numbers: H8906



* Easy Clean High Chair



Model numbers: H9178, J4011, J6292, J8229



INFLATABLES



* 73408 Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Cruise Playground™

* B2408 Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Slide Arcade™

* C3068 Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium

* H5704 Baby Gymtastics™ Play Wall

* H8094 Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium

* J0327 1-2-3 Tetherball™

* K0476 Bat & Score Goal™



TRIKES



* 72633 Hot Wheels Trike

* 72639 Barbie Free Spirit Trike

* 72642 Lil' Kawasaki Trike

* 72643 BoysTough Trike

* 72644 Girls Tough Trike

* 72792 Kawasaki Trike

* B8775 Kawasaki Tough Trike

* B8776 Barbie Tough Trike

* K6672 Dora the Explorer Tough Trike

* K6673 Diego Tough Trike

* M5727 Barbie Tough Trike Princess Ride-On

* N6021 Kawasaki Tough Trike

* T6209 Thomas Tough Trike

* V4270 Diego Tough Trike



OTHER



* Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway T4261 and V6378

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Hmmm, yes parents should always be vigilant in attending their children, yes children should always be allowed an element of controlled risk in play to enhance learning and development. But I also feel that manufacturers of children's products and toys should be accountable for the quality and workmanship of their products. So much crappy, shoddy plastic tat being mass produced nowadays with little thought given to lifespan, recyclability, necessity or relevance etc it doesn't surprise me that there is such a large recall related to safety and use issues.



I appreciate Fisher-Price are a hugely popular brand and even manufacture some great learning and development toys but they are a huge corporation making a huge profit as a result of parent/child consumerism, brand recognition, licensing/marketing deals etc and apparently at the expense of children's safety. They owe their customer base a bit more respect and accountability in creating products with a bit of forethought given to how those products will be used and the potential risks of use.

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Rebecca - posted on 10/01/2010

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Lol, I wasn't intending my comment to spark up a debate. I was just expressing how I felt about the situation is all.

Amie - posted on 10/01/2010

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LOL I didn't. I put a news article and "forth those who don't know". Doesn't really fuss me, I just find it funny.

Amie - posted on 10/01/2010

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In all fairness, they're not recalling the entire toy. They have the model number out there so parents can call and get those two cars replaced.

Fisher Price has always been good about replacing their faulty work. In cases like a small wheel coming off, it only takes a matter of seconds for a child to get it in their mouth.

Mine have put god knows what in their mouths over the years. None has been swallowed, near as I can tell. They've also never choked on anything other than food. For parents who have lived through it though, I can understand why they would be more cautious and pay attention to these issues.

And again, the recall goes back to 1997, that's 13 years worth of toys. You don't have to be the first buyer either. If it's something you've bought second/third/fourth hand, it will be replaced.

I don't understand either how something I posted for information for the mom's who DO worry about these things, turned into a debate about parental responsibility. lol

I do agree with what Fiona said. Manufacturers need to be held accountable for the quality of workmanship of their products.

Rebecca - posted on 09/30/2010

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Those kinds of parents need to realize that kids will be kids. They're gonna end up getting hurt at some point in their childhood. The worst injuries could all be prevented if parents would just be more involved with their kids instead of using toys or electronics to babysit them.

Amie - posted on 09/30/2010

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You'd think so, I'd hope so, but I know moms in RL who don't, so it's not a far fetch.



Those same moms aren't likely to phone in, complain or sue either. Some do though.



I'd say recalls like this happen because of hyper safety conscience parents. I do know a few of those too.

Caitlin - posted on 09/30/2010

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Can't believe that.. they shouldn't have to recall these things. Toys break, and it is a parents responsiblity to watch their kids when they play, not put them in a closed room all day to play with these toys and not watch them!

Don`t most moms routinely verify their kdis toys when they are young to make sure they can`t be injured? I know I do, whenever I clean up anything with moving parts gets verified! Sometimes my oldest likes to throw things around, and sometimes they crack, they get tossed. As for protruding screws on the highchair? You'd notice something like that poking out if it was that sharp, and it's easily fixed or padded (yay for duct tape and some scot towel). I just can't believe how everything is someone elses fault these days, maybe your kid fell so hard on her trike vagina first because you weren't watching her carefully (it seems kind of hard to do that in my mind, the kids must have been standing up on the trike when it rolled away or something.. NOT appropriate use of the toy..

Rebecca - posted on 09/30/2010

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Did you get splinters too?? There's an additional lawsuit waiting to happen... lol

Jodi - posted on 09/30/2010

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Wow, my daughter can manage to hurt herself on any toy we could give her...it's just her style! I could foam pad it and wrap it in bubble wrap and by the end of the day she would still have a bruise or cut from it, but I don't call the company every time this happens because kids are kids and break toys, they fall down and get hurt, it happens. Recalls are getting pretty annoying lately, especially ones like this where a child lacerates him/herself by FALLING. I fell down and cracked my head on our first step as a child, I needed 8 stitches...I should call the lumber company and have them recall the wood!!! lol

Rebecca - posted on 09/30/2010

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lol, i used to put rocks in my mouth when i was thirsty. Growing up, we had to be outside playing all day and sometimes when i ran out of water, i noticed the rocks increased saliva. lol. And yes, some instances i can see these children injuring themselves on a legitimate hazardous screw or misplaced plastic... thing. I just think as of late, companies are overly jumpy on recalling items that really aren't any threat.

Amie - posted on 09/30/2010

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The recall was so massive because it goes back to 1997.
I don't agree with how intense some parents are about safety but small things, like the Little People Rampway, is because of the wheels coming off of the cars.
The trikes are because of little girls falling on the keys (lord knows how) and causing vaginal bleeding.

The others are like the rampway, shoddy workmanship. Pieces coming off and kids choking.

The highchairs are because some kids have fallen hard enough to require stitches.

Some of it does come down to parents needing to be more vigilant but not always.

Becky - posted on 09/30/2010

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LOL, I swallowed a rock when I was a kid. I used to put them in my mouth to clean them, and one day, ooops! (Okay, I never said I was the brightest crayon in the box!)

Rebecca - posted on 09/30/2010

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"Don't take your children outside, they can choke on rocks they choose to put in their mouths! RECALL ALL ROCKS!" "All pairs of shoes with shoelaces on them have been recalled. Turns out, the laces can become untied and children have tripped and fallen because of it, causing injury, some serious" Oh, please. Give me a fuckin' break.

Becky - posted on 09/30/2010

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I agree with Rebecca. We have the Healthy Care high chair - although we don't use it anymore because I like our Graco better and we only need one now - but I took a look at it, at the little knobby things it's being recalled over. And seriously??? If your child can seriously injure himself on those, he needs a helmet and a plastic bubble! Hmmm, I'm looking at my Graco highchair (not the one that was recalled a while back) and it had protruding screws on it too. Uh oh, better take it back!
Seriously, yes, some toys and baby products are genuinely hazardous and should be recalled, but this is getting just a tad ridiculous!

Rebecca - posted on 09/30/2010

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I think a lot of these products were recalled for ridiculous reasons... I mean come on, falling on a protruding screw???? What ever happen to kids skinning their knees on roller blades, falling backwards off of swings, or pinching their fingers in the chains of swings? Pretty soon, the news will be saying all kids need to be walking around with helmets on their heads to protect from tripping over their own two feet. Sure, parents don't want to put their kids at risk, but don't you think some of these recalls are just ridiculous? A fake key, come on. Kids put things in their mouth and fall, true story. It's up to us parents to supervise our children around these products. I don't think such a massive recall would have been required if parents would do their jobs and watch their kids.

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Thanks for the info. This caught my attention because we like Fisher Price in my house. But I don't think we have any of the recalled products.

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