Thursday, January 01, 2004
A host of children’s products prove hazardous
The following products were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission from Nov. 6 to Dec. 12. For more information, visit www.cpsc.gov or call (800) 638-2772.
• "Jack-In-The-Box" toys, Schylling Associates. The red bead on the crank of the box of the bear, Olivia the Pig and the Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat toys can detach, posing a choking hazard for young children.
• DesignWare Crazy Bounce Balls, American Greetings Corp. The cluster of balls may break apart, posing a choking hazard for young children.
• DesignWare Zipper Pulls, American Greetings Corp. The product can detach from the zipper, posing a choking hazard for young children.
• Cloth Santa decorations, American Greetings Corp. The Santas sold at Wal-Mart stores have beaded noses that can detach, posing a choking hazard to children.
• Multicolored and solid-colored sidewalk chalk, Agglo Corp. The chalk contains high levels of lead, creating a risk of poisoning for young children.
• Flutterby Plush Toys. The gemstones on the toy’s wings may detach, posing a choking hazard for young children.
• Just Friends and Angel Fish hooded fleece jackets, May Department Stores Co. The zipper pull may detach on the jackets, posing a choking hazard for young children.
• Children’s jackets, Meijer Stores. The Falls Creek Army Flight Jackets have hood drawstrings that can get entangled on playground equipment, fences and tree branches, posing a strangulation hazard for young children. • Two-piece fleece pant set, LTD Commodities. The drawstring on the waist of the jacket sizes 4 to 6X is longer than 3 inches, with toggles and knots at the end. The string may catch, potentially injuring a child.
• Bunk beds, Merit Furniture. The openings between the guardrails and in the end structures are too large. A child’s body could slide though the opening and get trapped by the head, posing a serious strangulation hazard.
• Scooters and mini-bikes, Fisher-Price. The motor control circuits malfunction and may keep running after the power or throttle button has been released, posing a risk of injury to children.
• Rocking chairs, Hill-Rom. The chair may collapse, causing harm to the user.
• Television stands, Planet 3. The stand made by Deerfield-based Planet 3 and sold at Circuit City stores can tip over when a TV is placed on it, possibly hurting or killing children. Ashley Ernst