"Laugh & Learn" Learning Bunny Recalled

17 02 2007

My daughter received this bunny as a Christmas gift and now we are returning it. Here is the recall information on the Laugh & Learn Bunny from Mattel.

 

Fisher-Price Recalls “Laugh and Learn” Bunny Toys Due to Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC’s Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.)
Name of Products: “Laugh and Learn” Learning Bunny Toys
Units: About 500,000 (an additional 700,000 were sold worldwide)
Importer: Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y.
Hazard: The pink pompom nose can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves the Laugh and Learn Learning Bunny that measures about 10-inches tall. The yellow bunny with one green and one orange ear has musical and counting sound effects. The words, “Laugh and Learn” are printed on the bunny’s shirt. Product numbers involved in the recall are: K0468, K2960, K2961, K2962, K2963, K2964, K2965, K3440, K6898, K7884, L0327, and K5862. The product numbers are located on the fabric tag sewn to the body of the bunny. Only bunnies with three dimensional pompom noses are included in this recall. Bunnies with flat or embroidered noses are not subject to this recall.
Sold at: Discount department stores and toy stores nationwide May 2006 through December 2006 for about $16.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these recalled toys away from children and contact Fisher-Price to arrange for the return of the bunny to receive a voucher for a replacement toy of the customer’s choice.
Customer Contact: For additional information, contact Fisher-Price at (866) 447-5003 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.service.mattel.com.

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Easy Bake Oven – Recalled

8 02 2007

I knew this was bound to happen……

oven.jpg Easy-Bake Ovens Recalled for Repair Due to Entrapment and Burn HazardsWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should immediately take the recalled oven away from children under 8 years of age and contact the firm for a retrofit with warning.
Name of product: Easy-Bake Ovens

Units: About 985,000

Manufacturer: Easy-Bake, a division of Hasbro, Inc., of Pawtucket, R.I.

Hazard: Young children can insert their hands into the oven’s opening and get their hands or fingers caught, posing an entrapment and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Easy-Bake has received 29 reports of children getting their hands or fingers caught in the oven’s opening, including five reports of burns.

Description: The Easy-Bake Oven is a purple and pink plastic oven that resembles a kitchen range with four burners on top and a front-loading oven. “Easy Bake” is printed on the front of the oven. Model number 65805 and “Hasbro” are stamped into the plastic on the back of the oven. The Easy Bake Oven is an electric toy and is not recommended for children under eight years of age. Ovens sold before May 2006 are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target, KB Toys and other retailers nationwide from May 2006 through February 2007 for about $25.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact Easy-Bake between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET 7 days a week to receive a free retrofit kit with consumer warning. Caregivers should keep the Easy Bake Oven away from children under eight years of age.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Easy-Bake at (800) 601-8418, or visit the firm’s Web site at http://www.easybake.com





Consumer Reports Withdraws Infant Car Seat Report

19 01 2007

I guess Consumer Reports needs to look into how they do their reports from now on… Especially for the safety for our children.

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Phthalates in Teethers and Toys

21 11 2006

Received this in an email today…

Before 1998, children’s plastic toys and teethers were often made with a chemical called diisononyl phthalate, used as a softening agent. Although there has not been a comprehensive study performed to determine how much of the chemical leeches out of a baby’s toy when chewed, or how much of the chemical a baby must ingest to pose a health risk, the U.S. government asked manufacturers to voluntarily stop using phthalates in toys and teethers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also recommends that parents not give their children toys or teethers made with this chemical. Laboratory studies indicate that in high doses, phthalates damage the liver, kidneys and other organs in mice and rats. Other studies indicate that high doses may cause liver tumors in mice and rats.

Manufacturers who stopped using phthalates in teethers in early 1999 include ArcoToys, Chicco, Disney, Evenflo, The First Years, Gerber, Hasbro (Playskool), Little Tikes, Mattel (Fisher-Price), Safety 1st, Sassy, Shelcore Toys and Tyco Preschool.

Look for labels on packaging stating that the toy or teether is phthalate-free, and discard any if you are unsure whether they contain phthalates. You may also choose teethers made from other materials, such as latex or silicone, which are durable, easy to clean, and will soothe baby’s sore gums.

Note: None of the pacifiers or nipples currently sold are made with phthalates.





Surprise hazards – 8 products NOT to buy for kids

20 11 2006
    8 products NOT to buy for kids

They may be heavily advertised. Every other kid on the block may have them. Your children might be pleading for them, too. But we recommend that you avoid buying and using the following eight children’s products, including playthings and baby gear, because of the injuries or potential injuries associated with them.

You can read full article here or go to www.consumerreports.org





Acetaminophen gets recalled

10 11 2006

The Food and Drug Administration said at least two chains — CVS Corp. and SuperValu Inc. — started pulling the pills from store shelves Thursday.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or illness. The contaminated pills included metal fragments ranging in size from “microdots” to portions of wire one-third of an inch long, the FDA said. The FDA could not describe further the type of metal.

You can read full article here





Baby Bath seat presents a hazard

29 10 2006

I found this article and had to post it. I just bought one of these seats for my daughter and I think they CAN be safe if you do not leave your child unattended. The link to the full article can be found at the end of the paragraphs….

Bath Seat Hazard

Baby bath seats, almost all of which stick to a bathtub with suction cups, have been blamed for about 120 drownings and at least 160 injuries since 1983.

In July 2000, Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, and other consumer organizations petitioned the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban the seats. So far, the only reform in store is a revision of a voluntary industry safety standard that’s due to take effect on Feb. 1, 2005. Seats using suction cups are unlikely to adhere to the nonskid surface in new tubs and thus may tip with less force than the revised standard allows.

You can read the full article at Consumer Reports