Ganz Recalls Grumpy Cat Stuffed Toys Due to Choking Hazard

Ganz.GrumpyCatThree styles of Plush Grumpy Cat stuffed animal toys from Ganz are being recalled. The stuffed animals’ eyes can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. No injuries have been reported, although Ganz has received six reports of eyes detaching from the toys.

The style of toys include an 8-inch Grumpy Cat in laying position, a [Read more...]

CPSC Issues New Report on Toy Safety System Effectiveness, Shows Recalls Are Down

CPSCDuring the past five years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have stopped more than 9.8 million units of about 3,000 different toys that violated applicable standards. These products never made it onto store shelves and were kept out of consumers’ homes.

In recent years, the CPSC has created a robust toy safety system by requiring testing by independent, third party laboratories around the world; enforcing stringent lead and phthalates limits for toys; and stopping violative and dangerous toys at ports. This fiscal year, CPSC issued only 31 toy recalls, none of which involved a lead violation. This compares with 172 toy recalls in fiscal year 2008 (19 of which were due to excessive lead); 50 recalls in 2009 (14 for lead); 46 recalls in fiscal year 2010 (3 for lead); 34 recalls in 2011 (4 for lead); and 38 recalls last year (3 for lead).

Overall, toy-related deaths involving kids younger than 15 decreased from 19 in 2010, to 17 in 2011, and 11 last year (based on reports to date). The majority of toy-related fatalities last year were attributed to riding toys, including tricycles and nonmotorized scooters. For kids younger than 15 years old, non-motorized scooters were also the category of toys associated with the most injuries last year. Frequently, these injuries involved lacerations, contusions, and abrasions to the kid’s face and head. [Read more...]

Whisper Ride Touring Wagon Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Step2.WagonThe Whisper Ride Touring Wagon, from Step2, is being recalled. Step2 has received 29 reports of the seat back detaching, 28 of which resulted in children falling out of the wagon. Fourteen of these resulted in bumped heads and nine resulted in bruises, scratches, or lacerations.

The two-seat plastic wagon is 25 inches wide by 41.25 inches long by 20 inches high, with blue seats, a tan wagon base, and a red canopy. The Step2 logo appears on the canopy and on the side of the wagon base. This item was sold exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and online at toysrus.com from February to August 2013.

Consumers should immediately stop using the wagon and inspect it to determine if the seat belt is attached to the removable blue seat back. If so, the wagon is included in this recall. Consumers with the recalled wagons should contact Step2 to obtain a free repair kit: Call toll-free at (866) 860-1887 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.step2.com and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines Recalled Due to Risk of Mouth Injury

SnoopySnoConeMachineCra-Z-Art Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines with one of three batch numbers–BCH003005A28-0812, BCHTRU001A17-0812, or BCHTRU004A16-0712—printed on the back of the white plastic doghouse and on the side of the box have been recalled. A brass rivet can fall out of the sno-cone machine’s ice-shaving cylinder and into a sno-cone, posing a risk of injury to the mouth or teeth.

The plastic sno-cone machines are white in the shape of a doghouse with a red roof and red shovel. Snoopy is on the doghouse and Charlie Brown and Lucy images are on the front along with a snowman. A metal ice-shaving cylinder in the middle of the sno-cone machine dispenses ice shavings out of the front. The words “Snoopy” and “Sno-Cones” are on the front of the machine, and “Cra-Z-Art” is on the back.

LaRose Industries LLC has received 64 reports of brass rivets falling out of the sno-cone machine’s ice-shaving cylinder, but no injuries have been reported. Consumers should stop using the recalled sno-cone machines immediately and contact LaRose Industries for a free repair kit, which includes a new ice shaving cylinder. The recalled sno-cone machines should not be returned to the store where purchased.

The machines were sold at Barnes & Noble, Target, and Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and online at www.amazon.com from September 2012 through July of this year.

Holgate Toys Recalls Wegmans Playmat Sets Due to Choking Hazard

WegmansPlaymatSetLARGEHolgate Toys has recalled its Wegmans Playmat Set. The wooden vehicles included in the set have wheels that can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

The toys were sold exclusively at Wegmans Food Stores from October 2012 to June 2013, at a cost of about $25. Each Wegmans Playmat Set included a 24-inch by 30-inch cotton canvas playmat. The wooden vehicles were a blue car, a red Wegmans delivery van, a green Wegmans farm tractor, and a yellow school bus.

Each packaged set featured the UPC code 0 7789028735 4 printed on the back.

Consumers may contact Holgate Toys toll-free at (855) 344-7488 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or search online at www.holgatetoy.com and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

Toysmith Recalls Light-Up Soft Plastic Frogs and Ducks Due to Choking Hazard

Recalled ToysToysmith has recalled its light-up soft plastic toy frogs and ducks. These toys have a metal conductor pin on the bottom that can come out, posing a potential choking hazard.

Consumers are advised to stop using these items immediately, to keep them away from children, and to return any to their place of purchase for a refund. The plastic toys were sold exclusively at Cost Plus World Market between July 2012 and December 2012 at $3 each. The frog came in green and the ducks came in yellow, pink, and clear. Each toy is approximately 2.25 inches long and 1.5 inches in height, and lights up when sensors along the bottom are touched or placed in water.

There is also a round tag attached to the product with the UPC number 2424 5159.

Contact Toysmith at (800) 356-0474 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday, or visit www.toysmith.com and click “Safety” on the left side of the page for more information.

Small World Toys Recalls Spin-A-Mals Farm, Safari Puzzles Due to Choking Hazard

Small World Toys has recalled two of its children’s wooden puzzles. Ryan’s Room brand Spin-A-Mals Farm and Spin-A-Mals Safari puzzles contain small pegs that can loosen and separate from the boards, posing a choking hazard.

SmallWorldRecallConsumers should immediately take the puzzles away from children and contact Small World Toys for a free replacement toy. After contacting Small World Toys, the recalled toys should be destroyed and disposed of in a manner to prevent future use.

Contact Small World Toys at (800) 421-4153 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, e-mail recall@smallworldtoys.com, or visit www.smallworldtoys.com and click “Recall” for more information.

RECALL: Fisher-Price Recalls to Inspect Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleepers Due to Risk of Exposure to Mold

Fisher-Price has recalled the Newborn Rock ’n Play Sleeper. Mold can develop between the removable seat cushion and the hard plastic frame of the sleeper when it remains wet/moist or is infrequently cleaned, posing a risk of exposure to mold to infants sleeping in the product. [Read more...]

RECALL: Dunecraft Recalls Water Balz, Skulls, Orbs and Flower Toys Due to Serious Ingestion Hazard

Dunecraft has recalled its Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs “Despicable Me,” and Fabulous Flowers toys. When the marble-sized toy is ingested, it expands up to 400 times its original size inside the body and causes a blockage in the small intestine, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, and dehydration. These injuries could be life threatening. The toys do not show up on an x-ray and require surgery to be removed from the body.

For questions regarding this recall, contact Dunecraft at (800) 306-4168, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.dunecraft.com and click on the recall tab for more information. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is also interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Tell them about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

RECALL: Graco Classic Wood Highchairs Pose Fall Hazard

Graco has recalled their Classic Wood Highchairs. The highchair’s seat can loosen or detach from the base, posing a fall hazard to the child. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled high chairs and contact Graco for a free repair kit. Consumers may contact Graco at (800) 345-4109, or www.gracobaby.com for more information.
Chairs with the following model numbers are included in the recall: 3C00BPN, 3C00BPN TC, 3C00CHY, 3C00CHY TC, 3C00CPO or 3C00CPO TC; the model number  is printed on a label on the underside of the seat assembly.