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NEWS from CPSC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2011
Release #11-334
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 321-0183
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Little Tikes Expands Recall of Toy Workshop and Tool Sets Due to Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Little Tikes® Workshop and Tool Sets

Units: More than 1.7 million additional units (about 1.6 million toy workshop sets and trucks with the same toy nails were recalled in August 2009)

Manufacturer: Little Tikes, of Hudson, Ohio

Hazard: The recalled workshop and tool sets have oversized, plastic toy nails that can pose a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has reported two additional incidents, occurring prior to the August 2009 recall, of children who choked when the toy nail became lodged in their throat. Both children were treated in a hospital and made a full recovery.

Description: This recall involves the toy nails sold as part of 11 additional models of Little Tikes® Workshop and tool sets listed below. The toy nails are oversized, plastic, and about 3 1/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inch in diameter. The nails are either red or blue and have a large round head; below the nail head there is a plastic ridge, slightly smaller than the nail head and about 1 inch in diameter. The model number may be found on some of the products.

Sold by: Mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1990 through 2004 for between $25 and $100.

Manufactured in: United States and China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the toy nails away from young children and contact the firm for free replacement toy nails.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Little Tikes at (800) 321-0183 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.littletikes.com

Picture of plastic toy nails


Model # Name Picture Sold
4491 Workshop Picture of Workshop 1994 – 1995
4601 Deluxe Workshop Picture of Deluxe Workshop 1996 – 1999
0827 Carry Along Workshop Picture of Carry Along Workshop 1997 – 1998
4765 Revv ‘n Roar Mechanics Workshop Picture of Revv 'n Roar Mechanics Workshop 1997 – 1999
0627 Carry Along Tool Caddy Picture of Carry Along Tool Caddy 1996 – 2002
4174 Home Center Workshop Picture of Home Center  Workshop 2001 – 2002
4789 Workbench Picture of Workbench 1997 – 1998
4071 Little Tikes Workshop Picture of Little Tikes  Workshop 1990 – 1994
0014 Kohl’s Workshop Tool Set No image available 2000
4497 Menard’s Home Center Workshop Picture of Menard's Home Center Workshop 2003 – 2004
4201 Action Power Workshop Picture of Action Power Workshop 2002 – 2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2011
Release #11-335
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (305) 622-7122 collect
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

LM Import & Export Recalls Toy Cars Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Toy cars

Units: About 1,900

Manufacturer: LM Import & Export, Inc., of Miami, Fla.

Distributor: Mega Wholesales Corporation, of Miami, Fla.

Hazard: Surface paint on the toy cars contains excessive levels of lead, a violation of the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The products are sold in packages of four or six toy cars which are painted in silver, black or blue with red stickers with “super,” “max” and “racing” labeled on the top and sides of the cars. The 4” plastic car sets have item numbers “43835” and “43836” printed on a white label on the back of the cardboard packaging. “Gallop X” or “RACING CARS” is also printed on the product packaging.

Sold exclusively at: Mega Wholesale stores throughout Miami, Florida from September 2010 through January 2011 for between about $2 and $3 per set.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take these toys away from children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LM Import & Export collect at (305) 622-7122 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. LM Import & Export will accept collect calls.

Picture of recalled Gallop X toy cars Picture of recalled toy Racing Cars

News from the CPSC for the month of July

Child Safety Latches and Outlet Covers Recalled by Prime-Line; Screw Breaks Can Allow Unintended Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Safety Latches and Outlet Covers

Units: About 37,000

Importer: Prime-Line, of Redlands, Calif.

Hazard: The screws on the safety latches and outlet covers can loosen and/or break. When this happens, young children can gain access to electrical outlets and other potentially hazardous items.

Incidents/Injuries: Prime-Line has received four reports of screws breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Prime-Line child safety drawer and cabinet latches and outlet covers with rotating receptacle covers. These products were sold under the brand name Child Safe.

The drawer and cabinet latches were sold three per package, in model number S 4439 with SKU 049793044396, and model number S 4444 with SKU 049793044440.
The outlet covers were sold one per package, in ivory, model number S 4447 with SKU 049793044471, and white, model number S 4461 with SKU 049793044617.
The model number and SKU are printed on the back of the package.

Sold at: Drawer and cabinet latches were sold at Ace Hardware, Bostwic-Braun, Cal-Do-It Centers, Do-It-Best, Friedman Brothers, Menards, Orgill, The Andersons Inc. and True Value stores nationwide between October 2010 and June 2011 for between $2.50 and $2.70. Outlet covers were sold at Ace Hardware, Cimarron Lumber & Supply, Do-It-Best, Friedman Brothers, Handy Hardware, Menards and W.E. Aubuchon stores nationwide between October 2009 and June 2011 for about $3.50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Prime-Line to receive a free replacement kit.

Prime-Line Products Recalls Child Bathtub Non-Slip Pads Due To Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Products: Bathtub Non-Slip Pads

Units: About 8,000

Importer: Prime-Line Products Company Inc., of Redlands, Calif.

Hazard: Some pads do not stick to the bathtub surface, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Prime-Line has received one report of the pad failure. No injuries were reported.

Description: The recalled items are whale-shaped, white, vinyl, non-slip bathtub pads with textured surfaces and adhesive backings and are used to help prevent children from slipping and falling in bathtubs. The pads come in sets of 12 and 15. Each set contains pads that range in size from 2 to 4 inches tall. The model number is S-4630 and SKU number is 049793846303. Both are printed on the back of the packaging.

Sold at: Ace Hardware & Menards nationwide between May 24, 2010 and June 13, 2011 for about $6.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pads and contact Prime-Line to receive a full refund.

Fisher-Price Recalls to Repair Little People Builders’ Load ‘n Go Wagons due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Little People® Builders’ Load ‘n Go Wagon

Units: About 208,000 in the United States and 2,800 in Canada

Importer: Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y.

Hazard: The back of the wagon’s plastic handle has molded-in reinforcement. This design adds stiffness and facilitates children gripping the handle. The handle poses a laceration hazard if a child falls on it.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of seven reports of injuries, including five reports of children requiring surgical glue or stitches.

Description: This recall involves the Fisher Price’s Little People® Builders’ Load ‘n Go Wagon model number P8977. The product includes a red wagon with a yellow handle, multi-colored plastic blocks and a dog figure. The model number is located on the bottom of the wagon. “Little People® Builders” is found on a label on the side of the wagon and “Fisher Price” is embossed on the handle. Wagons with green handles are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Mass merchandise retail stores nationwide from June 2009 through July 2011 for about $25.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled wagons away from children and contact Fisher-Price for instructions on how to obtain a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.service.mattel.com

Strollers Recalled by phil&teds USA Due to Risk of Injury from Brake Failure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Explorer and Hammerhead Strollers

Units: Explorer: 7,400 in the U.S. and 1,900 in Canada; Hammerhead: 160 in the U.S. and 65 in Canada

Importer: phil&teds USA Inc, of Fort Collins, Colo.

Hazard: The brake mechanism on the strollers can fail, posing an injury hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Eight incidents have been reported globally; none in North America. No injuries were reported.

Description: The recalled strollers have metal frames and were sold as single strollers or with a doubles kit to make them double strollers. The Explorer has three wheels and the Hammerhead has four. Both have a cloth seat and canopy. Explorer strollers were sold in the following colors: black, apple green, navy, red/black and apple green/black. Hammerhead strollers were sold in black only. The phil&teds logo is located on the crotch piece of the harness on both models. The strollers have the text “phil&teds model EX explorer” or “phil&teds model HH hammerhead” printed on a sticker on the rear axle bar. The serial numbers run consecutively with the month and year followed by the unit number. Affected serial numbers: 0610/0001 to 0111/4788 (June 2010, unit #1, to January 2011, unit #4788). This information can be found on a sticker attached to the inside of the left hand hinge when viewing the stroller from behind.

Sold by: Sold online at philandteds.com, pishposhbaby.com, and albeebaby.com; and at Babies R Us and specialty juvenile retailers in the United States and Canada from August 2010 through June 2011 for between $475 and $500.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact phil&teds to arrange to receive a upgraded brake assembly. Explorer owners will receive a new frame fitted with an upgraded brake assembly. Consumers can perform an in-home swap out of the affected frame. Hammerhead owners will receive a pre-paid return shipping container in order to return the stroller to phil&teds where the brake assembly will be replaced and the stroller returned.

Consumer Contact: For additional information in the U.S. and Canada, contact phil&teds USA toll free at (855) 652-9019 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at www.philandteds.com/support

New Child Seat Safety Guidelines from NHTSA

Picture provided by The NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revised its child restraint guidelines to be categorized by age rather than by type of child seat in order to keep pace with the latest scientific and medical research and the development of new child restraint technologies. The new guidelines, which was issued on Monday 21, 2011, stated that parents and caregivers need to keep children in each type of restraint for as long as possible before moving your child up to the next level including  rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster seats. The safety agency recommends that the child should be in a rear-facing restraint position as long as the child fit within the height and weight limits set by the manufacturer. The rear-facing position reduces stresses to the neck and spinal cord and is particularly important for growing babies.

The new guidelines are consistent with the latest advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics which advises parents to keep kids in rear-facing restraints until two years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer. There is no need to hurry to transition a child to the next restraint type.

Safety is every parents highest priority when it comes to their children. Selecting the right car seat for your child can be a challenge for many parents. The new NHTSA’s revised guidelines will help parents pick out the right seat for their child. Parents should also consider other factors when selecting a car seat, including their child’s weight, height, physical development, behavioral needs and type of vehicle driven.

Additional recommendations for child seat use from NHTSA include the following:

  • Always read child seat manufacturers’ instructions and the vehicle owner’s manual for important information on height and weight limits and how to install the car seat using the seat belt or the LATCH system.
  • All children under 13 should ride in the backseat.
  • Children in rear-facing car seats should never ride in front of an active passenger air bag.

Click here to view NHTSA’s new child restraint guidelines.

CPSC Recalls

 

 

 

 

1. Top Goods Trading Recalls Flashing Pacifiers Due to Choking and Strangulation Hazard

 

2. TDI International Recalls Toy Cars Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard 

3.  Stork Craft Recalls More Than 500,000 Cribs; Mattress Support Bracket Failures Create Risk of Entrapment and Suffocation.

 

4. Toy Xylophones Recalled by The Land of Nod Due to Choking Hazard

 

5. Children’s Sunglasses Recalled by Axiom Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

6. Fisher-Price Recalls Simplicity’s Rainforest(tm) Portable Play Yards Due to Fall and Entrapment Hazards

 

7. Infantino Expands Recall of Infant Rattles Due to Choking Hazard

 

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