Here are the latest recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). (For complete reports, go to http://www.cpsc.gov). Parents are urged to take all products away from children immediately and to discard or return to the manufacturers according to the following:
Monsters, Inc. "Sulley with Boo" plush dolls:
The Disney Store has announced the recall of 14,500 Monsters, Inc. "Sulley with Boo" plush dolls as a preventive measure. The 12-inch character doll (from the animated 2001 feature film) is holding a 6-inch girl doll named "Boo" whose hair has ponytail holders that can detach, posing a choking hazard for young children.
The Sulley doll is a blue monster with purple spots, a tail, and horns. The Boo doll — a little girl with dark hair and small pink "ball" ponytail holders — is held in its right arm. Labels on the Sulley doll read "Disney Store", "SULLEY W/BOO 12", and "Made in China". Disney Stores nationwide sold these dolls exclusively July-October 2002 for about $20. The recall includes only the 12-inch "Sulley with Boo" plush dolls, and does not include the battery-operated talking version of the doll, or items sold through the Disney catalog or through other retail outlets.
Consumers should immediately remove and discard the two pink "ball" ponytail holders and two rubber bands from the Boo doll's hair, or return the item to any Disney Store for a full refund. For more information, call Disney at (800) 566-3161 between 11am-8pm Monday-Friday, or go to www.disneystore.com. To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtm103/03035.html.
Baby Trend infant swings:
Baby Trend Inc. has announced a recall to repair 15,000 of its infant swings. A screw on the swing's support arm can loosen or detach, causing the seat to separate and drop to one side, presenting a falling hazard to infants. The company has received 10 such reports, but no injuries have been reported.
The recall involves "Trend Swing" stationary infant swings with model numbers 8711 and 8722. (The model numbers are found on the label on the bottom of the seat). The swings were sold in khaki/gingham and navy/white plaid, and feature a toy bar, song player, and timer. The name "Baby Trend" is printed on the front of the seat's tray and "Trend Swing" appears on the arm.
Toys R Us stores sold them nationwide November 2001-September 2002 for $60-$90. Consumers should contact Baby Trend to receive a free repair kit. For more information, call (800) 328-7363 between 11am-7:30pm Monday-Friday, or go to www.babytrend.com. To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtm103/03042.html.
Toy attachments on baby walkers:
Kolcraft Enterprises is recalling 410,000 toy attachments on its baby walkers. The flower toys on the tray can detach from their stems, exposing sharp edges and posing a laceration hazard to young children. There have been 15 reports of injuries, including lacerations around the eyes, eyelids, face and tongue.
The multi-colored walkers have either a detachable toy bar or a detachable music center on the tray. Each tray has two 6.5-inch stems with 3.5-inch stars on top. The recalled walkers were sold under the "Tot Rider" and "Carter's" brand names. Tot Rider walkers included in the recall have model numbers 14303-AC, 14303-CC and 14401-OT. The Carter's recalled model walkers have model numbers 14303-LB, 14303-UE, and 14304-LJ. (Model numbers are printed on stickers located on the inside wall of the base of the walkers). Models 14303 and 14304 were manufactured December 2000-August 2002, with model 14401 manufactured from January 2000-July 2002. The manufacturing date appears on the sticker with the model number. The product's name appears on a sticker on the front of the walkers.
Discount, department and juvenile product stores sold the walkers nationwide from December 2000-October 2002 for $20-$40. Consumers should remove the toy bars or music center toy trays immediately. To receive a replacement, call (888) 695-9988, or go to www.kolcraft.com. To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtm103/03043.html.
Infant girls' garments and sandals:
Good Lad Apparel is recalling 52,000 infant girls' garments and sandals. Small, decorative items on the garments can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Three such reports have been received, two of which resulted in choking incidents. There have been no reports of injuries, however.
The recall involves three separate garment sets. Two of the sets contain a newborn and infant dress with sandals, with decorative items such as ladybugs and flowers attached. (The dresses were sold in red, yellow or chambray). The third set includes an infant Capri set with sandals. The Capri sets were sold in lime, coral, yellow and purple, with flower attachments around the neckline and the sandals. The "Good Lad" logo appears on a label inside the garments, along with the words, "Good Lad of Philadelphia". The garments were manufactured for children ages 3-24 months. Department stores sold these infant garments nationwide January-April 2002 for about $15.
Consumers should take these items to their place of purchase for a refund. For more information, call (877) 599-5530 Monday-Friday. To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtm103/03045.html.
Four L.A.-area businesses fined for illegal toys
Four Los Angeles-area import companies will have to pay $100,000 in civil penalties for allegedly importing and selling dangerous children's toys. Lucky Toys, Inc., Union Import, Inc., 333 Imports, Inc., and Seven Stars Toys Imports, Inc. must also comply with an injunction mandating that their toys be tested for safety prior to importation.
Between 1997 and 2002, the four companies allegedly imported 47 separate types of toys, totaling over 350,000 units, including baby dolls, frogs, phones, cars, airplanes and bath sets, with small parts violating CPSC regulations. The settlement requires the firms to abide by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), including FHSA's provisions for children's toys. Each company must ensure that independent age-grading and small parts testing are conducted before importation, if the toys are for children less than 3 years of age.
The CPSC informed the companies of their infraction on numerous occasions. Inspections conducted by the CPSC and the U.S. Customs Service resulted in a seizure of most of the illegal toys at the Port of Long Beach before they reached store shelves.
To view a picture of the recalled products, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtm103/03041.html.
CPSC's 2002 recall reminders
Although the holidays are past, here’s a CPSC reminder list of children’s items recalled during 2002:
—Gearbox Pedal Cars distributed by Alpha International: high lead levels in the paint. Call Alpha at (800) 368-6367 for a replacement car, or return the car to its place of purchase for a refund.
—Air Powered Rockets from Estes Industries: laceration hazards. For a replacement, call Estes at (800) 576-5811, or go to www.estesrockets.com.
—Firestormer and Skyblazer toy air-powered planes: laceration, bruise, and abrasion hazards. For a replacement, call (800) 622-8339 or go to www.spinmaster.com.
—Animal Toy Sponges distributed by Dollar Tree Stores: choking hazard. Call (800) 876-8077 or go to www.dollartree.com.
—Stuffed Polyester Pool Animals from Dollar Tree Stores: choking hazard. Call (800) 876-8077 or go to www.dollartree.com.
—Cotton Candy Machine from Rose Art Industries: fire hazard. Call (888) 262-4474 or go to www.roseart.com.
—Oriental Trading Company and Bikepro Baby Walkers: fall hazards. For Oriental products, call (866) 666-9868 or go to www.bike-stroller.com. For Bikepro, call (800) 261-2559.
—Toy Tracks on Activity Center from Graco Children's Products: pinching and choking hazards. For replacement track, call (800) 673-0392 or go to www.gracobaby.com.
Other hazardous products cited by the CPSC in 2002:
—Playpens from Evenflo, Century, Baby Trend, and Kolcraft: entrapment hazards.
—Lane Cedar Chests: suffocation hazard (only for chests manufactured prior to 1987). For replacement locks, call (888) 856-8758 or go to www.newlock.net.
—Old chest freezers manufactured between 1945 and 1970: suffocation hazard. For information, call (202) 872-5955 or go to http://aham.org/freezer_safety/freezer_safety.cfm.
To identify any recalled product you may have purchased, call the manufacturer or the CPSC toll-free hotline at (800) 638-2772.
Kids’ sleepwear tips from the CPSC
To reduce the risk of burns, the CPSC reminds parents of the importance of purchasing only flame resistant or snug fitting children's sleepwear.
"Snug fitting cotton and flame-resistant sleepwear are the safest choices for children's sleepwear," says CPSC's chairman, Hal Stratton. "T-shirts and other loose fitting clothing can catch fire more easily, and cause serious burn injuries. Parents can identify snug fitting sleepwear at the store by yellow tags attached to the garment."
Snug fitting sleepwear is made of stretchy cotton or cotton blends. It does not ignite as easily or burn as rapidly as a loose garment because there is less air underneath to feed the fire. Flame resistant garments are made from inherently flame resistant fabrics, or treated with flame-retardants. They do not continue to burn when removed from a small flame.
How to report a problem:
To report a dangerous product or product-related injury, call CPSC’s hotline at (800) 638-2772. CPSC’s website can also be accessed at www.cpsc.gov. Consumers can report product hazards to [email protected]