7 Million Trikes Pose Genital Injury Hazard; Different Risks in Other Toys
Daniel J. DeNoon
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Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
Sept. 30, 2010 -- Fisher-Price has recalled more than 11 million toys for various reasons, including 7 million tricycles with a protruding key that has caused genital injuries to young girls.
There have been 10 reports of injuries from the tricycles, including six incidents requiring medical attention after 2- and 3-year-old girls fell on the disc- or D-shaped keys. Some of these injuries resulted in genital bleeding.
At the same time, Fisher-Price is announcing recalls of several other toys with parts that pose a choking hazard and recalls of high chairs with pegs on the rear legs that have cut or otherwise injured children.
Details on each of the recalls are below.
Fisher-Price Trike Recall
The recall involves some 7 million tricycles in the U.S. and 150,000 in Canada.
The problem is a "pretend key" about 3 inches in front of the seat that protrudes at least 5/8 inch above the trike body. Trikes made after June 16, 2010, have a safer, flattened key that does not protrude as far.
Trikes included in the recall carry a "run number" under the seat below the model number. The trikes NOT included in the recall have a run number higher than 1670Q2, which stands for the 167th day of 2010 or June 16, 2010.
The trikes included in the recall were sold nationwide from January 1997 through September 2010.
The recalled tricycles are:
- Hot Wheels Trike (model J72633)
- Barbie Free Spirit Trike (model 72639)
- Lil' Kawasaki Trike (model 72642)
- Boys Tough Trike (model 72643)
- Girls Tough Trike (model 72644)
- Kawasaki Trike (model 72792)
- Kawasaki Tough Trike (models B8775 and N6021)
- Barbie Tough Trike (model B8776)
- Dora the Explorer Tough Trike (model K6672)
- Diego Tough Trike (K6673)
- Barbie Tough Trike Princess Ride-On (model M5727)
- Thomas Tough Trike (model T6209)
- Diego Tough Trike (V4270)
These tricycles should be kept away from children. Parents should contact Fisher-Price to obtain a free replacement key.
Fisher-Price Recalls Infant Toys With Inflatable Balls
Some 2.8 million Fisher-Price infant toys sold in the U.S. and 125,000 sold in Canada feature inflatable balls with a valve that can come off and choke children.
Most of these toys are play environments for children.
There have been 46 incidents reported in the U.S. and eight others reported in Canada. In 14 cases the valve was found in a child's mouth; there were three reports of children beginning to choke. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled toys are:
- Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground
- Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade
- Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium
- Baby Gymtastics Play Wall
- Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium
- 1-2-3 Tetherball
- Bat & Score Goal
Parents should remove the inflatable ball from the toys and keep it away from children. They should keep the ball in a safe place and contact Fisher-Price for a free replacement kit.
Fisher-Price High Chair Recall
Fisher-Price is recalling nearly a million high chairs in the U.S. and 125,000 in Canada.
The products are the Healthy Care, Easy Clean, and Close to Me High Chairs. They have pegs on the rear legs intended for tray storage. Kids have been cut by or fallen on the pegs.
There have been 14 reports of incidents, including cuts requiring stitches and one tooth injury.
The recall includes all Easy Clean and Close to Me high chairs.
However, only Healthy Care high chairs made before December 2006 are included in the recall. A date code is on the back of the seat. If the fourth digit in the date code is 6 or less, the high chair is recalled.
Parents should stop using these high chairs and contact Fisher-Price for instructions and a free repair kit.
Fisher-Price Recalls Little People Wheelies
Fisher-Price is recalling its Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway. Some 100,000 have been sold in the U.S. and 20,000 in Canada.
The recall affects only the green and purple cars that come with the set. The wheels on these cars can come off and pose a choking hazard. There have been two reports of a wheel detaching but no reported injuries.
Parents should take the green and purple cars away from children and contact Fisher-Price for free replacement cars.
For more information on all of these recalled products, visit the company web site or call Fisher-Price at 800-432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.
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