The toy maker Fisher-Price Inc. is recalling about 150,000 defective Grow-to-Pro Pogo Sticks and about 50,000 Lil' Wagster Dragster push toys because they pose an injury risk to children, government regulators said Tuesday.
The East Aurora, N.Y.-based company has received 17 reports of injuries from the pogo sticks, including one of teeth being knocked out. It also has received nine reports of injuries from the push toys, including loosened teeth, cut gums and bruises to the mouth and chin, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The pogo sticks can jam in the down position, then suddenly release, creating a risk of falls. The culprit is a faulty pin.
The recalled pogo sticks, made in China, have a round, removable base, two foot pegs, and the words "Grow to Pro Pogo" stamped on the front. They come in green, with a model number of 73386, or pink, with a model number of 77356.
Green pogo sticks manufactured after Aug. 1, 2004, are not included in the recall and have a round, green sticker underneath the foot peg.
The push toys have an opening at the top of the handle where a child's chin can get stuck, causing injuries to the jaw and teeth.
The toys, made in Mexico, have a blue handle that attaches to a green race car with red wheels and the number three stamped on its front. A dog with a helmet is in the driver's seat. The recalled model number is B0335, which can be found stamped on the underside of the car.
The pogo sticks were sold at discount department and toy stores for between $25 and $30 from January 2002 through August 2004. The push toys were sold for about $13 from December 2002 through February 2005.
Consumers are urged to stop using the toys and contact Fisher-Price by calling 800-991-2444. The company will provide a repair kit for the push toys, and the pogo sticks will be replaced.