Top 10 recalled toys
CBC News Online | November 23, 2004
Every year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the United States releases a list of children's items you should avoid in your holiday shopping. All items have been recalled and are supposed to be off store shelves. However, the odd item could still be available - or may have been bought before the items were recalled.
The list represents the products that regulators warn pose the most risk to your child.
A complete list of recalled children's products is available through CBC-TV's Marketplace.
Health Canada's Product Safety Branch recommends that when shopping for toys for children, you should avoid toys that come with small parts, especially those that can be easily removed.
In 2003, 11 children under the age of 15 died in accidents with toys in the United States. In every case but one, children choked on small balls, balloons, pieces of a game or toy beads.
Bumble Bee Toys
Distributed by Graco Children's Products. There were 26 reports of the antennae breaking off these toys, including five reports of children who started to choke on the broken antennae.
Nerf® Big Play Football
Distributed by Hasbro. The football contains a hard plastic interior frame that can pose a risk of facial cuts if a child is hit during play. There have been nine reports of facial injuries, including eight requiring stitches or medical attention.
Carter's Children's Mirror Books
Distributed by Kids II Inc. The mirror in the books can crack or break, putting young children at risk of cutting themselves. There have been 26 reports of the mirror cracking or breaking, including four reports of cuts and one report of a pinched finger.
Radio-Control Toy Trucks
Distributed by Nikko America Inc. A problem with the circuit board causes the toy truck to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. No injuries have been reported.
Distributed by Tek Nek Toys International. The screw and nut assembly attaching the steering wheel can come loose, posing a choking hazard to young children. One child - an 18-month-old boy - choked to death on a screw. There have been five other reports of the screw and nut coming loose.
BATMAN™ BATMOBILE™ Toy Vehicle
Distributed by Mattel Inc. Holy laceration! This toy poses a risk of cutting or puncturing your child because the rear tail wings of the Batmobile are made of rigid plastic and come to a point. There have been 14 reports of injuries consisting of scrapes, scratches, lacerations and punctures. Four of the injuries required medical treatment.
Children's Athletic Shoes
Distributed by Payless ShoeSource Inc. The metal eyelet lace holder at the top of the shoes can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. There has been one report of a child starting to choke on a detached eyelet from one of these shoes.
"Rock 'N Roller" Baby Strollers
Distributed by Dorel Juvenile Group USA. The seat can partially detach from the frame if the stop pins are bent or missing or the seat is not fully attached. The infant in the seat is at risk of falling and getting hurt. There have been 77 reports of problems related to the stroller seats, including a child who fell and suffered a slight concussion, and another child who required stitches to treat a cut forehead.
Metal Toy Jewelry Sold in Vending Machines
Distributed by four toy jewelry importers (AA Global Industries Inc., Brand Imports, Cardinal Distributing Co. and L.M. Becker & Co. Inc.). Some of the toy jewelry contains dangerous levels of lead. There has been one report of lead poisoning suffered by a child who swallowed a piece of the jewelry that was previously recalled.
Allen Iverson Toddler's Athletic Shoes
Distributed by Reebok International. The I-3 logo-tag on the tongue of the shoe can be peeled off, posing a choking hazard to young children.