Activity center can trap, injure child's arm

Vapor patches prove dangerous

Recall roundup - October 2006 Among recent recalls are the following:

Leapfrog Activity Center has a plastic tube that can trap a child's arm or hand. Leapfrog has had 145 reports of entrapment, with 54 resulting in injuries.

Kindermusik Cage Bell Instrument is being recalled because the bell can be removed from the instrument if it is damaged, posing a choking hazard.

Lands' End Children's Light Up Backpack has a battery pack that can overheat, melting the case and possibly burning kids.

Fun Express Children's Toys, which are given away by libraries nationwide, are coated with lead paint. A librarian in Bloomington, Ind., and a hospital employee discovered the lead paint, spurring the national recall. Illinois libraries that bought the bendable toys include the Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library, Coal City Public Library, Clarendon Hills Public Library, La Grange Park Public Library District, Lisle Library District, North Riverside Public Library and Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien.

Firestreet Scooter, sold at Target stores, has handlebars, wheels and wheelbrakes that can break off, causing kids to get cut and fall. Five injuries have been reported, including a fractured arm, cracked teeth, bruises and cuts.

Mentholatum Vapor Patches are being recalled following an earlier recall of another brand of vapor patches. The WellPatch Cough and Cold Soothing Vapor Patches were recalled because children can remove them and put them in their mouths, causing potential illness and injuries. (Find this recall at

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Nancy Cowles Executive director, Kids in Danger


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