December 29, 199810 Million Ohio Art, Little
Tikes, Today's Kids and Fisher-Price Toy Basketball Sets Recalled
Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - According to a report
by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ohio Art, Little Tikes, Today's Kids and
Fisher-Price are announcing a voluntary recall to replace the nets on 10.1 million toy
basketball sets. Children could strangle on loops or openings in the nets that come
unhooked from the rim, or have knots that slide. If children put their heads into these
openings, the net can get tangled around their necks.
Since 1988, CPSC and the manufacturers have
received 20 reports of children under 5 years old getting their heads and necks caught in
the nets of toy basketball sets. In 1992, an 18-month-old child died after becoming
entangled in a partly unhooked net.
To see a photo of the recalled product and for
company contact information, click on a link below.
Consumers should immediately inspect their toy
basketball sets for nets that can unhook from the rim or have knots that slide.
The toy basketball sets with nets that need to be
replaced come in a variety of colors and include a nylon net and plastic hoop attached to
a plastic pole. The pole is set in a plastic base and adjusts from 3.5 to 6 feet high. The
manufacturer's name and model are located on the backboard or base of each toy. The
manufacturers will help consumers determine if the nets need to be replaced.
Toy stores nationwide sold the toy basketball sets
for about $10 to $50. While most have been sold since 1988, some were sold as early as
1976. Toy basketball sets sold in stores today, by the participating manufacturers, have
nets that are attached securely to the rim, without sliding knots, and are not involved in
Consumers should remove and throw away nets that
can unhook or have knots that slide, and call the manufacturer. Consumers should have the
manufacturer's name and model on hand before calling. Manufacturers will send consumers
new nets that securely attach to the rim, and do not have sliding knots. The basketball
set can be used without a net until the new net arrives. Consumers should not return the
product to retailers.
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