Company Recalls Millions of Toys
Fisher-Price toys were sold since the 1990s.
Mattel’s Fisher-Price division has recalled 11 million toys and products that have been sold since the 1990s, because of reports of injuries and accidents.
Among the items recalled are a number of trikes, including the Barbie Tough Trike, the Barbie Free Spirit Trike, Boys Tough Trike, and Kawasaki Tough Trike. At least ten girls suffered injuries, including genital bleeding, from falling on the trikes’ ignition key.
Fisher-Price high chairs are being recalled after children suffered cuts and scrapes from parts meant to be storage components. Fourteen kids were injured and seven of them needed stitches. The models are Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me. For a complete list of toys and model numbers, go to the website of the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, www.cpsc.gov.
This isn’t the first time that Fisher-Price has had to issue a recall, AOL reports. In 2009, after a finding that the company violated lead-paint regulations, Fisher-Price paid a $2 million penalty. And a $1 million penalty was imposed for flaws in the company’s Little People Toys.
A statement from Fisher Price said that the company is “going to work extremely hard to bring your family products that are safe and engaging.”
Another federal warning was issued for infant sleep positioners. The CPSC and the Food and Drug Administration told consumers to stop using the positioners following reports of 12 deaths over the past 13 years. The infants, aged one month to four months, died after being suffocated either by the positioner or by getting trapped between the positioned and the side of a crib or bassinet. The CPSC website also has more information on that recall. (CPSC, AOL)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.