If your child care center cares for infants and toddlers, your number one priority must be to keep them safe by maintaining a secure and healthy environment. Infants and toddlers may be at risk of injury and choking hazards if some toys are built incorrectly and prove to be faulty. Take note of the following recent toy recalls:
August 16, 2011: Riding Toy Recalled by Radio Flyer Due to Fall Hazard: Scoot ‘n Zoom children’s riding toy, distributed by Distributor: Radio Flyer, of Chicago, Ilinois recalled about 165,000. “The riding toy can tip over allowing a child to fall forward while riding, posing a fall hazard to young children” The firm received reports of ten incidents with six injuries, including three where teeth were loosened or removed, and three with chin lacerations requiring stitches. Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 621-7613.
August 2, 2011: Toy Keys with Remote Recalled by Battat Due to Choking Hazard. Toy keys with remote, imported by Battat Inc., of Plattsburgh, N.Y. About 1,080,000 were recalled in the United States and 3,600 in Canada. “The metal toy keys and the plastic key ring can break, posing a choking hazard. CPSC and Battat have received 17 reports of keys breaking, and 14 reports of key rings breaking. No injuries have been reported”. Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 665-5524.
July 29, 2011: Bravo Sports Recalls Disney-Branded Pogo Sticks Due to Fall and Laceration Hazards, Distributed by Bravo Sports of Santa Fe Springs, Calif. About 159,000 recalled. “The bottom rubber tip attached to the pogo stick frame can wear out prematurely, posing a fall hazard to consumers. Also, the end caps on the handlebars can come off, exposing sharp edges. This poses a laceration hazard to consumers”. Firm’s Recall Hotline: (855) 469-3429.
July 28, 2011: Fisher-Price Recalls to Repair Little People Builders’ Load ‘n Go Wagons due to Laceration Hazard, Imported by Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y. About 208,000 units recalled in the United States and 2,800 in Canada “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”. CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of seven reports of injuries, including five reports of children requiring surgical glue or stitches. Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 432-5437.
July 7, 2011: Mini Stars Building Sets Recalled by Edushape Due to Choking Hazard, distributed by Distributor: Edushape Ltd., of Deer Park, N.Y. About 18,000 units recalled (additional star building sets were recalled in September 2010). “Plastic knobs can break from the center of the stars, posing a choking hazard to young children”. Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 404-4744.
Parents and child care providers MUST check with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall list which can be found at cpsc.gov. You can even sign up to be on an email list which will inform you of current recalls. They continually updated the recall list, so be sure to check frequently for recalls on toys, cribs, and daycare equipment. Depending on the severity of the recall, the manufacturer might mail kits with parts to repair faulty products. Sometimes consumers are told to take the product back to where they were purchased for refunds, store credits or replacement items.
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