Just in time for gift-giving season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is reminding people of 2002's largest recalls of children's products. The government agency also tells parents to look out for hazards already in the home, and emphasizes that sturdy, age-appropriate toys are best.
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Gearbox Pedal Cars
The paint on some of these toy cars contains high lead levels, in violation of government standards. Children are put at risk of poisoning. Call Alpha International at (800) 368-6367 to receive a replacement car or return the product to the place where purchased to receive a full refund.
Air Powered Rockets
Foam tips on the rockets can break off, exposing sharp edges that can cause face lacerations or eye injuries. The rocket system also has a weak pump handle that can break during use, posing a risk of hand lacerations. Call Estes Industries toll-free at (800) 576-5811 to get a replacement rocket.
Firestormer & Skyblazer
The plastic air intake chamber of these air-powered toy planes can burst, throwing plastic pieces that could cause injury. Call Spin Master Toys at (800) 622-8339 to get a free replacement plane.
Animal Toy Sponges
The eyes on the toys can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Return the toy sponge animals to the store where purchased for a full refund, or call Dollar Tree Stores at (800) 876-8077.
Stuffed Pool Animals
The stitching on the seams can separate, exposing polyester stuffing and foam beads. The beads pose a choking hazard to young children. Return the stuffed animals to the store where purchased for a full refund, or call Dollar Tree Stores at (800) 876-8077.
Cotton Candy Machine
The electric motor can jam and overheat, posing a fire hazard. Also, the heating unit can be activated without the candy spinner in place, presenting a burn risk. Call Rose Art at (888) 262-4474 for a free replacement motor unit.
53,500 total recalled
Two models imported from China fit through a standard doorway and are not designed to stop at the edge of a step. Babies can be seriously injured or killed on stairs. Return to the store where purchased for a refund or call Oriental International Trading Company at (866) 666-9868 or Bikepro at (800) 261-2559.
Activity Center Tracks
The toy track can break, presenting a cut or pinch hazard. Exposed small parts pose a choking hazard to young children. Call Graco to receive a free replacement track at (800) 673-0392.
1.5 mil. total recalled Units with rotating top rail hinges can collapse, entraping a child. For Playskool Travel-Lite, call 800-453-7673; Evenflo Happy Camper, Happy Cabana, Kiddie Camper, 800-447-9178; All Our Kids, #742, #762 (out of bus.); Century, #10-710, -810, 800-541-0264; Home and Roam, Baby Express, 800-328-7363.
Lane Cedar Chests
12 million recalled
All Lane and Virginia Maid brand cedar chests manufactured between 1912 and 1987 have lids that automatically latch shut when closed, posing a suffocation hazard to children. Call Lane at (888) 856-8758 for a free replacement lock.
Old Chest Freezers
Old chest freezers, refrigerators, and other products made between 1945 and 1970 have heavy lids that latch. Children can suffocate if trapped inside. Destroy old freezers or remove the latches and doors. Call the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers at (202) 872-5955.