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November 26,  2002

Holiday Toy Recall Checklist

CPSC Makes List & Says Check It Twice for Recalled Toys & Kids Products

 

(SafetyAlerts) -  Consumers are often advised to shop early for the holidays, even months ahead, to save time and money. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is alerting consumers that they may have bought children's items that have since been recalled. Hal Stratton, in his first news conference as CPSC Chairman, announced a list of some of the Commission's largest recalls of children's products over the past year.

"We've made our list and want consumers to check it twice," said Stratton. "Preventing needless tragedies and providing a safe environment are the best holiday gifts parents can provide their children."

Stratton also discussed hazardous products that consumers may have in their homes that could endanger children, as families gather for the holidays. Consumers should check whether products have been recalled and dispose of them or place them out of the reach of children until they can be replaced or repaired. Manufacturers will usually offer a free repair kit or replacement product.

The CPSC is also providing safety tips (see box) to help consumers choose appropriate toys this holiday season and year round.

Consumers can get the list of recalled products by going to the CPSC website, www.cpsc.gov, or calling toll free, 1-800-638-2772. This list identifies recalled children's products that are off store shelves but may still be lurking in garages, attics, basements, toy boxes or closets.



Checklist of Recalled Children's Products


Gearbox Pedal Cars (75,000) distributed by Alpha International Inc. The paint on some of these pedal cars contains high lead levels. CPSC standards ban toys and other children's products containing high levels of lead. Young children could ingest the lead from the car's paint coating, presenting a lead poisoning hazard. Call Alpha International at (800) 368-6367 to receive a replacement car or return the product to the place where purchased to receive a full refund.


Air Powered Rockets (140,000) distributed by Estes Industries. The rockets' foam tips can break off exposing sharp edges that can cause face lacerations or eye injuries. The rocket system also has a weak pump handle that can break during use, posing a risk of hand lacerations. Estes and CPSC have received 16 reports of rocket tips breaking off. Six children were struck in the face by the rockets, including two who suffered detached retinas and four who suffered cuts requiring stitches. There were 68 reports of broken pump handles, including 6 hand lacerations. Call Estes Industries toll-free at (800) 576-5811 to get a replacement rocket, or visit www.estesrockets.com


Firestormer and Skyblazer toy air-powered planes (137,000) distributed by Spin Master Toys. The plastic air intake chamber of the air-powered toy planes can burst, throwing plastic pieces, posing a laceration, bruise and abrasion hazard to consumers. Spin Master Toys received seven reports of Firestormer planes bursting, including four reports of injuries (chest abrasion, cut leg, bruised shoulder, and ringing in the ears) to children. There have been no reports involving the Skyblazer planes. Call Spin Master Toys at (800) 622-8339 to get a free replacement plane or visit www.spinmaster.com.


Animal Toy Sponges (280,000) distributed by Dollar Tree Stores. The eyes on the toys can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. CPSC and Dollar Tree Stores received one report of an eye coming off. Return the toy sponge animals to the store where purchased for a full refund. Call Dollar Tree Stores at (800) 876-8077 or visit www.dollartree.com


Stuffed Polyester Pool Animals (310,000) distributed by Dollar Tree Stores. The seams can separate exposing the polyester stuffing and foam beads. The foam beads pose a choking hazard to young children. CPSC and Dollar Tree Stores have received one report of the seam ripping, exposing the polyester stuffing and a plastic bag containing foam beads. Return the stuffed animals to the store where purchased for a full refund. Call Dollar Tree Stores at (800) 876-8077 or visit www.dollartree.com


Cotton Candy Machine (188,000) distributed by Rose Art Industries. The electric motor on the cotton candy machine can jam and overheat, posing a fire hazard. The heating unit can be activated without the spinner in place, presenting a risk of burn to consumers. CPSC and Rose Art have received 225 reports of the machines overheating. There have been three reports of fire, one resulting in an estimated $2,000 in property damage. CPSC received a report of two unconfirmed minor injuries. Call Rose Art at (888) 262-4474 for a free replacement motor unit. Visit www.roseart.com


Baby Walkers that can fall down stairs (2 brands totaling 53,500 units). Oriental International Trading Company distributed 3500 such walkers, and Bikepro distributed 50,000. The walkers will fit through a standard doorway and are not designed to stop at the edge of a step. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed if they fall down stairs. Return the baby walkers to the store where purchased for a full refund. Call Oriental International Trading Company at (866) 666-9868 or visit www.bike-stroller.com. For Bikepro walkers call Bikepro at (800) 261-2559.


Toy Tracks on Activity Center (152,000) distributed by Graco Children's Products. The toy track can break, presenting a cut or pinch hazard and exposed small parts pose a choking hazard to young children. Graco received 11 reports of the toy tracks breaking. Four children received minor scratches and one child's finger was pinched. Call Graco to receive a free replacement track at (800) 673-0392 or visit www.gracobaby.com
Other Hazardous Products

Playpens that can collapse (5 brands totaling more than 1,500,000 units) and entrap a child in the V-shape folded top rails. The top rails must be turned to set up the playpen. CPSC is aware of 15 deaths to children when the top rails of playpens collapsed. A new industry standard requires that the top rails of these playpens automatically lock into place when the playpen is fully set up. CPSC obtained voluntary recalls of the following playpens with top rails that people had to turn into place when setting up the playpen: Evenflo "Happy Camper," "Happy Cabana," and "Kiddie Camper;" Century "Fold-N-Go" Models 10-710 and 10-810; Baby Trend "Home and Roam" and "Baby Express;" and Kolcraft "Playskool Travel-Lite Model." CPSC also issued a safety warning about "All Our Kids" Models 742 and 762 playpens imported by a firm that is out of business.


Lane Cedar Chests (12 million) distributed by Lane Co. The cedar chest lids automatically latch shut when closed, posing a suffocation hazard to children. Twelve children suffocated inside the chests. New locks, used since 1987, will prevent entrapments because they do not automatically latch shut. No Lane cedar chests manufactured since 1987 pose this safety hazard. Contact Lane to get new free locks (easy to install at home) to prevent entrapments, (888) 856-8758 or www.newlock.net


Old Chest Freezers (made between 1945 and 1970) have heavy lids that latch. Children can suffocate in old chest freezers (and in other products with heavy lids that latch). CPSC knows of 27 deaths between 1980 and 1999 in old chest freezers. Destroy the old freezer, take the door off, or remove the latch. Call (202) 872-5955 or http://aham.org/freezer_safety/freezer_safety.cfm



 

The following safety tips will help consumers choose appropriate toys:
  • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills, and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards to younger children.
  • For infants, toddlers, and all children who still mouth objects, avoid toys with small parts, which could pose a fatal choking hazard.
  • Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly secured eyes, noses, and other potential small parts.
  • For all children under age 8, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.
  • Do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under age 8.
  • Be a label reader. Look for labels that give age and safety recommendations and use that information as a guide.
  • Check instructions for clarity. They should be clear to you, and when appropriate, to the child.
  • Immediately discard plastic wrappings on toys, which can cause suffocation, before they become deadly playthings.



 

Toy and Child Product Recall Round-Up: November 26, 2002
This is a selected list of recalled toys and children's products.

Visit CPSC's web site for a complete list of recalls: www.cpsc.gov
CPSC News Release Product and Firm

Problem

Remedy

02-104
2/20/02
Gearbox Pedal Cars in several models: fire trucks, police cars, sedans, taxi, and dump truck.

Imported from Korea.

Distributed by:
Alpha International Inc.
Cedar Rapids, IA

Sold from November 1999 through January 2002 for between $100 and $500
The paint coating on some of these pedal cars contains high lead levels. CPSC standards ban toys and other children's products containing high levels of lead.

75,000 units
Call Alpha International to receive a replacement car or return the product to the place where purchased to receive a full refund.

(800) 368-6367
02-142
4/18/02
Air Powered Rockets with hand pumps

Imported from China by
Estes Industries
Penrose, CO

Sold nationwide from February 2001 through February 2002 for between $20 and $40
The rockets' foam tips can break off exposing sharp edges that can cause face lacerations or eye injuries. Weak pump handles can break during use, posing a risk of hand lacerations.

140,000 units; 16 reports of rocket tips breaking off; 6 children struck in face (2 detached retinas and 4 cuts requiring stitches); 68 reports of broken pump handles (6 hand cuts).
Call Estes Industries to get a replacement rocket:

(800) 576-5811

www.estesrockets.com
02-170
5/24/02
Firestormer and Skyblazer toy air-powered planes

Imported from China by:
Spin Master Toys
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sold from January 2002 through May 2002 for about $20
The plastic air intake chamber of the air-powered toy planes can burst, throwing plastic pieces, posing a laceration, bruise and abrasion hazard.

137,000 units; 7 reports of planes bursting (4 injuries).
Call Spin Master Toys to get a free replacement plane:

(800) 622-8339

www.spinmaster.com
03-010
10/10/02
Animal Toy Sponges in these shapes: whales, turtles, and fish

Imported from China by:
Dollar Tree Stores Inc.
Chesapeake, VA

Sold nationwide from May 2001 through September 2002 for $1
The eyes on the toys can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

280,000 units; 1 report of an eye coming off.
Return toy sponge animals to the store where purchased for a full refund. Call Dollar Tree Stores:

(800) 876-8077

www.dollartree.com
03-011
10/10/02
Stuffed Polyester Pool Animals in these shapes: crab, duck, frog, octopus, seahorse, shark, turtle and whale

Imported from China by:
Dollar Tree Stores Inc.
Chesapeake, VA

Sold from April 2002 through August 2002 for $1
The seams can separate exposing polyester stuffing and foam beads. The foam beads pose a choking hazard to young children.

310,000 units; 1 report of seam ripping, exposing polyester stuffing and a plastic bag containing foam beads.
Return toy animals to store where purchased for a full refund. Call Dollar Tree Stores:

(800) 876-8077

www.dollartree.com
02-165
5/21/02
Cotton Candy Machine with electric motor

Imported from China by:
Rose Art Industries Inc.
Livingston, NJ

Sold from September 2001 through April 2002 for about $27
The electric motor on the cotton candy machine can jam and overheat, posing a fire hazard. The heating unit can be activated without the spinner in place, presenting a risk of burns.

188,000 units; 3 fires; 2 unconfirmed minor injuries
Call Rose Art for a free replacement motor:

(888) 262-4474

www.roseart.com
03-009
10/10/02
Baby Walkers

Imported from China by:
Bikepro Inc.
Pico Rivera, CA

Sold from January 2000 through August 2001 for between $18 and $22
The baby walkers can fit through a standard doorway and are not designed to stop at the edge of a step. Babies using these baby walkers could seriously injured or killed if they fall down stairs.

50,000 units; no injuries
Return the baby walker to store where purchased for a full refund. Call Bikepro:

(800) 261-2559.
03-012
10/10/02
Baby Walkers

Imported from China by:
Oriental International Trading Company
Los Angeles, CA

Sold from May 2001 through June 2002 for between $18 and $22
The walkers will fit through a standard doorway and are not designed to stop at the edge of a step. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed if they fall down stairs.

3,500 units; no injuries
Return baby walker to store where purchased for a full refund. Call Oriental International Trading Company:

(866) 666-9868

www.bike-stroller.com
02-180
6/12/02
Toy Track on Children's Activity Center including Tot Wheels V (models 4511 and 4521) and Convertible Entertainer (models 4652 and 35225)

Graco Children's Products Inc.
Elverson, PA

Sold from November 2001 through May 2002 for between $30 and $70
The toy track on the children's activity center can break, presenting a cut or pinch hazard, and exposed small parts pose a choking hazard to young children.

152,000 units, 11 reports of the toy tracks breaking (4 children received minor scratches and 1 child's finger was pinched)
Call Graco to receive a free replacement track:

(800) 673-0392

www.gracobaby.com
99-021
11/17/98

98-156
08/21/98

98-128
06/18/98

93-043
03/10/93
Portable Cribs with rotating top rails

Brand: "Playskool" Travel-Lite
Models 77101 and 77103
Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc.
Chicago, IL
Product may collapse and entrap child in folded top rails.

11,600 units1
$120 reward
Call firm
800-453-7673
97-146
06/25/97
Portable Play Yards with rotating top rail hinges

Brand: Evenflo "Happy Camper, Happy Cabana, and Kiddie Camper"
Evenflo Company, Inc.
Piqua, OH
If hinges are not fully rotated, product may collapse and entrap child in folded top rails.

1.2 million units1
Free hinge covers
Call firm
800-447-9178
97-028
11/21/96
Portable Crib/Playards with rotating top rail hinges

Brand: All Our Kids, Models 742 and 762
Draco Corporation
Montebello, CA
The crib/playard may collapse and entrap child in folded top rails.

13,000 units1
Stop use and destroy.
(Firm out of business.)
97-026
11/21/96
Playards with rotating top rail hinges

Models 10-710 and 10-810
Century Products Co.
Macedonia, OH
The playard may collapse and entrap child in folded top rails.

212,000 units1
Repair
Call firm
800-541-0264
01-094
02/28/01

95-056
01/01/95
Portable Cribs/Playpens made before 1995

Brands: Home and Roam, Baby Express

Baby Trend, Inc.
Chino, CA
Product may collapse and entrap child in folded top rails.

100,000 units1
Free new play yard
Call firm
800-328-7363
    1CPSC knows of a total of 15 deaths from entrapment in collapsed play yards that had rotating top rail hinges.  
00-084
3/30/00

96-186
09/04/96
Lane Cedar Chests made between 1912 and 1987 ("Lane" and "Virginia Maid")

The Lane Furniture Company
Altavista, VA

 
The cedar chest lids automatically lock when closed, posing a suffocation hazard to children. New locks, used since 1987, will prevent entrapments because they do not automatically latch.

12 million units; 12 deaths
Contact Lane to get new free locks (easy to install at home) to prevent entrapments.

(888) 856-8758

www.newlock.net
01-016
10/24/00
Old Chest Freezers with heavy lids that latch; made between 1945 and 1970.

 
Children can suffocate in old chest freezers, refrigerators, and other products with heavy lids that latch.

27 deaths between 1980 and 1999
Destroy, take the door off, remove or disable the latch, or fasten the door shut so it cannot be opened.

Contact:

(202) 872-5955

http://aham.org/
freezer_safety/
freezer_safety.cfm

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Source: CPSC

 
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