The holidays are quick approaching, and with them comes a search for the year’s hottest toys. Before you head out to buy your little one whatever is on his or her list, here is a list of the five most recently recalled toys. Even if you don’t have these toys in your home they can give you an idea of what safety hazards to look for yourself when you shop. Remember these toys are being recalled meaning they made it into someone’s home, maybe even yours.
Two of the five recalled toys are horse related and both pose a strangulation hazard. The Rocking Horse Depot is recalling their line of rocking horses. The horses were made in Poland and sold through the company’s website. The reins are long enough to pose a strangulation risk. A near strangulation of a 21 month old girl has been reported. The company recommends the removal or cutting of the reins.
The Horse-On-A-Stick toy imported by Big Ideas Marketing is being recalled for the same strangulation hazard. The toy was sold at Love’s Travel Stop and Country Stores. An incident involving a near strangulation of a two year old boy was reported. The problem again is the reins, which should be removed or cut.
A toy which seems to only pose a risk to boys is the Bathtub Sub distributed by Munchkin Inc. The small, plastic submarine has an intake valve which can suck in loose skin. The company has been made aware of nineteen incidents, all in boys to the genital area. One boy required medical care. Munchkin.com has more information.
Fischer-Price has two of the five most recently recalled toys. Both toys pose a choking hazard. The Little People Wheelies Stand and Play Rampway contains both purple and green cars which have wheels that can come off. The wheels, once off , are a choking risk to young children.
The company has also issued a recall of all their products containing inflatable balls. The valve on the ball can break off and become a choking hazard. The company is aware of forty six incidents. This includes fourteen cases where the valve was found in a child’s mouth and three where the child had began to choke. Due to the large number of products containing these balls it is recommended you check their website at www.service.mattel.com for a complete list.
The details surrounding these products are disturbing on many levels. The first may be that a company which makes so many of the toys we buy, Fischer-Price, is on the list twice. More concerning, however, may be the fact these products made into someone’s home and posed a real threat to the safety of their child. Maybe the question we should ask ourselves before we buy our child their next toy isn’t whether they will like it. It should be can it hurt them?
The information for this article was provided by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission through cpsc.gov.