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December 29, 1998

10 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.
Ohio Art
Little Tikes
Today's Kids

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 this recall.

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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