The week's news in product safety...
Hazard: The hooded jackets and sweatshirts have
drawstrings through the hood and/or waist, which can strangle or
trap kids inside. The clothes do not meet federal guidelines
issued in 1996 to help prevent children from strangling or getting
entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings.
Incidents/Injuries: None yet.
Description: Recalled brands include
Aeropostale, Apple Bottom, Deere Park, Disney, Gray Wolf, Jonathon
Stone, Kani, Miletta, New York, Ruff Stuff, Sergio Benini. For a
complete model list, see the CPSC recall.
Where you bought them: Burlington Coat Factory
and other retailers nationwide from 1995 through September
What to do: Take out the drawstrings and the
clothes are safe to wear.
Hazard: The small balls on the end of the toy's
arms can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: Just one report of a ball
detaching in a 21-month old girl's mouth, but no injuries.
Description: Click Armband Bracelets, Klick Klick Balls and BoBo Balls, all manufactured by Fun Stuff.The
bracelets and balls are made of stretchy, rubber material with hard
plastic, colorful balls at the end of the toy's arms. The BoBo
balls have a flashing lighted ball encased in the stretchy
material. For a full list of recalled model numbers, see the CPSC recall.
Where you bought it: Beach resort stores
nationwide from January 2009 through August 2010 for between $2 and
What to do: Take the toys away from young
children and contact Fun Stuff at (888) 386-7833 for a full
Hazard: The plastic casing on the toys can
break into small pieces and expose the batteries. Batteries can be
poisonous if eaten.
Incidents/Injuries: There have been two
incidents involving the Light-Up Rings, one in which a child
swallowed a battery and one in which a child inserted a battery up
his nose. There hav been no reported incidents involving the Star
Description: The light-up rings measure 1 1/8 inches across and
come in several colors - blue, green, purple, yellow, and pink.
They were included in a promotional package offering during
parent-teacher association conventions. The star glasses, part
of a birthday package, are made of red translucent plastic and have
the words Chuck E. Cheese's painted on the side.
Where you got it: Chuck E. Cheeses between
April 2009 and June 2010.
What to do: Return the light-up rings to any
Chuck E. Cheese's and receive four Chuck E. Cheese tokens plus your
choice of either a $1.00 refund or a Soccer Promo-Cup. For the star
glasses, Chuck E. Cheese is offering either a refund of $4.99
or a Flashing Hands prize product. For more information, contact
Chuck E. Cheese at (888) 778-7193.
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