Chuck E. Cheese’s is recalling 1.1 million light up rings and 120,000 clear red-tinted star glasses, due to potential for injury. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said the recall came after two incidents with batteries from light up rings. Chuck E. Cheese’ gave the light up rings as a promos for parent-teacher promotional give-aways. Star glasses are birthday party prizes at Chuck E. Cheese’s pizza and childrens’ play land.
Although no injuries have been reported, one child was able to open the battery housing and swallowed a battery from his light up ring. Another child placed his light-up ring battery in his nose. The star glasses prize given at children’s birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese’s consist of a pair of clear plastic red glasses shaped like stars that children wear on their faces. According to CPSC, both toys pose, ingestion and choking hazards.
Chuckie E. Cheese’s gave out light-up rings as promotional toys beginning in April 2009 and ending June 2010. Star glasses, labeled with the Chuck E. Cheese logo, were given as birthday prizes between April and August 2010. Parents are urged to take the light up rings or star glasses from children and return to any Chuck E. Cheese’s for a replacement prize.
The Chuck E. Cheese’s light-up rings and star glasses being recalled are said to be made in China. Parents, especially those with small children, should be advised that most toys used in promotional give-aways, vending machines, prize assortments, childrens’ play areas (like Chuck E. Cheese and Craig’s Cruisers) are primarily toys of Chinese manufacture. Toys made overseas, particular in countries like China, are generally not made using the more rigid US CPSC standards. It is likely that most all vending machine toys, fast food kid’s meal toys, toys found in breakfast cereals and party supply toys are most likely in violation of some CPSC or other health and safety codes.
These small toys constitute choking, swallowing and ingestion hazards. Beware of the prizes offered as replacement for the Chuck E. Cheese recall. Beware of all small toys, toys that break easily, carnival prizes, toys with small watch batteries, plastic toys and inexpensive toy prizes. The only reason that a company like Chuck E. Cheese’s will recall a toy or product is if some child has already been injured. Chuck E. Cheese and other prize and toy vendors will continue to purchase and distribute poorly made, sub-standard toys so long as parents continue to patronize them and purchase from them. Let’s let the Chuck E. Cheese’s light up ring and star glasses recall serve as a reminder to be wise consumers. Caveat Emptor.