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September 30, 2010

Fisher-Price, the East Aurora, NY manufacturing of children’s products and part of the Mattel toy giant, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced four separate voluntary recalls today totaling more than 10 million products because they are hazardous to children.

  1. The first recall involves 7 million Fisher Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles because a child can strike, sit or fall on the protruding plastic ignition key resulting in serious injury, including genital bleeding. Consumers have reported 10 incidences resulting in injury to Fisher Price and the CPSC, including six cases of young girls, ages two to three years old, who fell against or on the protruding disc-shaped and D-shaped pretend key. Consumers should immediately place the trikes out of children’s reach and contact Fisher-Price at 800) 432-5437 for a free replacement key.
    This recall involves the Fisher-Price model numbers J72633 Hot Wheels Trike, 72639 Barbie Free Spirit Trike, 72642 Lil’ Kawasaki Trike, 72643 Boys Tough Trike, 72644 Girls Tough Trike, 72792 Kawasaki Trike, B8775 Kawasaki Tough Trike, B8776 Barbie Tough Trike, K6672 Dora the Explorer Tough Trike, K6673 Diego Tough Trike, M5727 Barbie Tough Trike Princess Ride-On, N6021 Kawasaki Tough Trike, T6209 Thomas Tough Trike and V4270 Diego Tough Trike that have either a disc-shaped or D-shaped pretend key. The model numbers are located under the seat in the storage compartment.
  2. The second recall is for about 950,000 Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs because Children can fall on or against the pegs on the rear legs, used for storage of the high chair, resulting in injuries or lacerations. There have been 14 reports to the CPSC of child injury, including seven reports of children requiring stitches and one tooth injury. Consumers should stop using the High Chair immediately and contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 for instructions and a free repair kit.
    The recall involves Healthy Care High Chair model numbers 79638, 79639, 79640, 79641, B0326, B2105, B2875, C4630, C4632, C5936, G4406, G8659, H0796, H1152, H4864, H7241, K2927, L1912; Close to Me High Chair model number H8906; and Easy Clean High Chair model numbers H9178, J4011, J6292, J8229. Consumer can locate the model number of the high chair on the back of the seat.
  3. The third recall involves About 100,000 Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampways because the wheels on the purple and the green cars can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children. Fisher Price had two reports of the wheels detaching and no reports of injury. Consumers should immediately take the affected purple and the green cars away from children and contact Fisher-Price for free replacement cars.
    The recall involves Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway with model numbers T4261 and V6378 sold with small cars that a child can push down winding ramps. Only the purple and the green cars that are marked "Mexico" and do not have a yellow dot on the bottom are included in the recall.
  4. The product including in the fourth recall are about 2.8 million Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground; Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade; Baby Gymtastics Play Wall; Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium; 1-2-3 Tetherball and Bat & Score Goal inflatable ball products because the valve of the inflatable ball on these toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to young children. CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 46 reports of incidents where the valve came off in the US and 8 reports in Canada. These include 14 reports of the valve found in a child’s mouth and 3 reports of a child beginning to choke. Consumers should immediately remove the inflatable ball from the product and keep away from children. Do not discard the inflatable ball. Contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 for a free replacement kit.
    Model numbers affected by this recall include Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground 73408, Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade B2408, Baby Gymtastics Play Wall H5704, Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium C3068 and H8094, 1-2-3 Tetherball J0327 and Bat & Score Goal K0476.

“I can reassure you that our business operates in a highly regulated environment, which means that toys are overwhelmingly safe. I’d also like you to know that beyond industry regulations, Fisher-Price takes additional steps to constantly gather and review feedback about how our products are doing in real homes. We analyze this information to see if patterns are developing that could indicate a product performance or other type of issue,” Said Kevin Curran, Fisher-Price General Manager in a release. “Through this monitoring, we have identified a few issues we want you to know about. In collaboration with the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Health Canada and other regulators, we initiated the recall process for certain products. “

Fisher Price is a division of Mattel, Inc. For more information, consumers can visit the Mattel website.

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