EU and OECD Develop, Launch New Global Recalls Portal

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

A new “Global Recalls Portal” was launched in Brussels, Belgium on October 19 to facilitate the exchange of information among government representatives, consumers and businesses about recalled products in jurisdictions around the world, according to a news release from TIA.

Developed jointly by the EU and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including countries such as the U.S., Australia, and Canada, the portal was unveiled during International Product Safety Week. Paola Testori Coggi, director general in the Directorate General for Health and Consumers at the European Commission (SANCO); Rintaro Tamaki, OECD deputy secretary general; and Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission were on hand at the launch.

The portal will allow consumers to search products they intend to buy to see if any safety alerts have been issued, help businesses to track emerging hazards from around the world, and aid governments in removing unsafe products from the market.

To view the portal, visit www.globalrecalls.oecd.org.

Bumbo Baby Seats Recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Bumbo International Trust of South Africa, announced a voluntary recall of the Bumbo Baby Seats. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The Bumbo Baby Seat is being recalled because babies can maneuver out of or fall from the Bumbo seat, posing a risk of serious injuries. Consumers should immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit, which includes a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions, and a new warning sticker. The belt should always be used when a child is placed in the seat. Even with the belt, the seat should never be used on any raised surface. Consumers should also immediately stop using Bumbo seat covers that interfere with the installation and use of the belt. A video demonstrating proper installation of the restraint belt and proper use of the Bumbo seat is available at www.recall.BumboUSA.com.

Order the free repair kit by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling (866) 898-4999 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Do not return the Bumbo seat to retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still 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. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 898-4999
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Green Toys Recalls Mini Vehicles Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Green Toys, Inc., have announced a voluntary recall of Green Toys Mini Vehicles. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The vehicles have been recalled because the wheels and hubcaps on the toy cars can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Consumers who own the following mini vehicles, manufactured between March and June of this year, should contact Green Toys for a full refund:  Mini Vehicle Set, Mini Ambulance, Mini Vehicle Assortment, Mini Red Fastback, Mini Police Car, Mini Taxi, and Mini Fastback Set. Cars with an “I” etched into the underside of the car next to the date stamp are not part of the recall.

For additional information, contact Green Toys toll-free at (888) 973-3421 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.greentoys.com/recall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still 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.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Recalled: Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a voluntary recall notice that users of  the Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps should stop using the product due to fire hazards. The product, from Innovage LLC, has received 11 reports of short circuiting. This includes three reports of lamps catching fire, which led to property damage. No injuries have been reported to date.

The product is hazardous due to the placement of internal wires near the circuit board can cause electrical short-circuiting and sparking.

The recalled products have an 11-digit batch number that begins with either 584894 or 10128 and a model number of 1628626, 1642433, 1641522, 1641523, 1645729, or 1645853. Batch numbers can be found imprinted in the plastic underneath the lamps and on the bottom of the packaging.

Animated Marine and Safari Lamps are sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Bonton, JCPenney, Kohls, Office Max, and Toys “R” Us stores nationwide, in addition to online retailers such as, Amazon, Ideeli, JCPenney, Kohls, Macy’s, and Overstock.

Consumers should contact Innovage in order to obtain information on returning the product and receiving a full refund. Call (888) 232-1535 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday, visit the firm’s website at www.innovage.net or www.lamprecall.org, or e-mail info@lamprecall.org

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Meetings Explore Toy Safety Standards in the EU and U.S.

Representatives from the European Commission, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ASTM International, and the private sector gathered in Washington, D.C., to hold discussions on toy safety legislation and standards in the EU and the U.S.

Speakers briefed Congressional staff regarding the contrasting regulatory frameworks and standards development practices in the EU and U.S. Participants learned more about the differences and similarities in toy regulations and standards in the U.S. and EU; the impact of differing and overlapping standards on transatlantic trade and safety; and the possibilities for standards alignment and/or mutual recognition of conformity.

CPSC will also host the third United States-European Union-China Trilateral Consumer Product Safety Summit at its headquarters in Bethesda, Md. Officials from the EC and China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine will be in attendance at the summit, which will focus on how the three agencies can advance product safety via coordinated surveillance throughout the manufacturing and distribution chains.  Government-only meetings will take place prior to the public session, which will be held June 29.

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North American Safety Commissions Release Statement on Summit

The first North America Product Safety Summit was held September 26-27 at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Maryland headquarters. The three main parties, CPSC, Health Canada, and the Consumer Protection Federal Agency of the United Mexican States, released a statement on last month’s event.

The organizations noted the importance of the gathering, explaining the increasing volume of world trade. Other issues that were discussed included the need for trilateral cooperation for product safety, continuous improvement in training and quality assurance systems, enhanced cooperation to solve product safety issues, the promotion of an aligned product safety requirement, and timely and effective communication of product safety information.

The statement ended with a summary of the Summit’s “Cooperative Engagement Framework,” a six-point course of action designed to address issues over the next two years. Attendees vowed to work on cross-border cooperation for regulations and voluntary standards, risk assessment, import and market surveillance, training and outreach, consumer awareness campaigns, and joint recalls or other corrective actions.

Fisher-Price Recalls More Than 11 Million Toys and Baby Gear

Fisher-Price, in cooperation with Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has recalled more than 11 million toys and baby products that were sold in the United States and Canada.

The company is recalling 14 models of the Fisher-Price Trike and Tough Trike toddler tricycles (approximately 7 million units in the U.S. and 150,000 in Canada), which can cause serious injury including genital bleeding when a child sits or falls on the pretend plastic ignition key. According to the CPSC, there have been 10 injuries reported.

Also recalled are seven models of infant activity centers with inflatable balls, a total of 2.8 million units in the U.S. and 125,000 in Canada. The models have been deemed a choking hazard as the valves of the inflatable balls can come off. The CPSC was notified of 46 incidents in which the valves had come off, including 14 that were found in children’s mouths.

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Report: 82 Percent of Singapore Toys Fail Safety Standards

According to Channel NewsAsia, 82 percent of toys in Singapore failed safety tests conducted by Insight Laboratories. The organization’s testing involved chemicals, as well as physical testing and labeling, and toys have to pass all three tests to be deemed safe for the public. Toy testing in Singapore, stated Insight Laboratories, follows the same standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

P. Graham Dunn Voluntary Rattle Recall

P. Graham Dunn and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced a voluntary recall for the company’s wooden toy rattles. If the wooden dowel on the toy is installed incorrectly, the metal rattle can become exposed, causing a potential choking hazard.

Four reports of this exposure have been confirmed, although no incidents of harm occurred in any of the cases. The recalled toy rattle is light brown and contains eight wooden dowels and a gold-colored metal rattle inside. The toy rattle is circular in shape, measuring 2 3/4 inches by 2 inches. Approximately 500 of the recalled rattles were sold in gift stores and book retailers in June and July for around $6.

Consumers should stop using the product and contact P. Graham Dunn for a refund. Contact information is available after the jump.

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CPSC Recalls 96,000 Fisher-Price Toys

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, in cooperation with Fisher-Price, have issued a voluntary recall of approximately 96,000 Fisher-Price Little People Play ‘n Go Campsite toys. The toys were sold at major retailers in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, and by online retailers, from October 2009 through August 2010.

Although no injuries have been reported, the plastic Sonya Lee figure in the playset can break at the waist, exposing small parts that pose a choking hazard to young children. The CPSC has received eight reports of the Sonya Lee figure breaking.

Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled products immediately, and to take the Campsite’s Sonya Lee figure away from children. Consumers can contact Fisher-Price at 1-800-432-5437 to arrange for the figure’s return in exchange for a free replacement. For more information, click here.

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