WASHINGTON -- Fisher-Price is recalling more than 10 million tricycles,
toys and high chairs over safety concerns.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that two of the products
being recalled involved injuries.
In the recall of about 7 million Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler
tricycles, the agency is aware of 10 reports of children being hurt. Six
of them required medical attention.
The trikes - some of which feature popular characters like Dora the Explorer
and Barbie - have a protruding plastic ignition key near the seat that
children can strike, sit on or fall on, leading to injuries that the commission
said can include genital bleeding.
Fisher-Price is also recalling more than 1 million Healthy Care, Easy Clean
and Close to Me High Chairs, after 14 reports of problems. The pegs on
the back of the high chairs can be used to store the tray, but children
can fall on them, resulting in cuts and other injuries. Seven children
required stitches, the commission said.
Inez Tenenbaum said manufacturers need to do more to build safety into their products
before they reach store shelves. But she also offered praise for Fisher-Price
for "taking the right steps by agreeing to these recalls and offering
consumers free repairs or replacement."
The two other Fisher-Price recalls were:
-More than 2.8 million Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground toys,
Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade toys, Baby Gymtastics Play Wall
toys, Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium toys, 1-2-3 Tetherball toys
and Bat & Score Goal toys. The valve of the inflatable ball on the
toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to children, said CPSC. The
agency said there were more than 50 reports of the valves coming off the balls.
-About 100,000 Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway
toys. The wheels on the purple and green cars can come off, posing a choking hazard.
Most of the products were being recalled in the United States, but about
400,000 of them were sold in Canada.
Consumers can visit the company's website at
http:/ /www.service.mattel.com for more information on the dates of sale and model numbers for the recalled products.
Consumer Product Safety Commission:http:/ /www.cpsc.gov