Toy nails invite choking risk

Questions raised about U.S. safety standards

Recall roundup - November 2006 Playskool, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, voluntarily recalled 250,000 of its Team Talkin' Tool Benches after the choking deaths of two toddlers. The plastic toy nails sold with the tool bench toys became lodged in their throats.

The Team Talkin' Tool Bench is a plastic toy tool bench with animated tools and building parts. The toy apparently met current safety standards for children older than 3, raising the question of whether those standards need to be re-examined or if there was something very particular about the shape of the product that led to the deaths. It is not known if there were other reports of injuries from the product.

The toy was sold nationwide from October 2005 through September 2006.

The recall notice warns consumers to "immediately take the two toy nails away from children and contact Playskool to get information on returning the nails for a $50 certificate for a Playskool (or its related companies') product." The screws included with the toy are even smaller than the nails. While this toy may appeal to children under 3, it is important they not play with it.

Other recent recalls include:

Que Cute Children's Bathrobes fail to meet the children's sleepwear flammability standard and can possibly catch on fire.

Phil and Ted's T2 Travel Cot is being recalled because the plastic cap on the corner connectors can become loose and a child can choke.

LEGO Explore Super Trucks can cut young children because the plastic wheels on the truck can detach, exposing a metal axle.

"Candie's" Brand Children's and Gildan Youth's Hoodie Sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood, which can strangle children.

Suave Kids Bath Sets contain small parts that can cause children to choke. Some of the handles on the carrying case are long enough to strangle children.

Britax Companion Child Carrier Model #E9L14 does not comply with safety regulations, and therefore, is not safe to use. For additional information, visit

To report a problem with a product or to see a complete list of recalls, visit

Sarah Chusid, program associate Kids In Danger


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