Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher Price Announce Recall of 11 Million Dangerous Toys

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Diane E. Brown

Statement of Diane E. Brown, Executive Director

Arizona PIRG Education Fund

This morning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and Fisher Price announced the recall of 11 million childrens’ products. The products include tricycles that pose a risk of injury because of protruding key, toy car sets and infant toys with detachable small parts that pose choking hazards, and high chairs that pose a risk of laceration injury.

“While it is good news that 11 million dangerous toys will be taken off store shelves before the start of the holiday toy buying season, the bad news is that the Fisher Price recall comes after children suffered injuries from these toys.

Ten toddlers were injured falling on a protruding key on a tricycle, seven children needed stitches because of lacerations from falling against the pegs of a high chair, and three children almost choked on small parts on an infant toy.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and toy manufacturers must do more to protect children from poorly designed and constructed toys.

This recall is a timely reminder to consumers shopping for children that, in spite of beefed up federal toy safety laws, consumers still need to scrutinize playthings before giving them to children. In particular, consumers should check for small parts that can cause choke hazards and for sharp edges and protrusions that can injure a child.

The dangers to kids are real: from 1990 to 2008, 196 children died after choking or asphyxiating on a toy or toy parts.”