Fisher-Price Recalls Millions Of Toys, High Chairs, Trikes, Oh My!

Apparently aiming to become the Toyota of the kiddie products industry, Fisher-Price has issued four different recalls today, covering dozens of products and millions of units. So if you have a young kid, you’ll probably want to at least scan the list.

First up, the following– Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground, Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade, Baby Gymtastics Play Wall, Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium (C3068 and H8094), 1-2-3 Tetherball, Bat & Score Goal — have all been recalled because “the valve of the inflatable ball on these toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to young children.”

CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 46 reports of incidents where the valve came off in the US and eight reports in Canada. These include 14 reports of the valve found in a child’s mouth and three reports of a child beginning to choke. No injuries have been reported.

There are about 2.8 million of these recalled toys in the US and about 125,000 in Canada.

Consumers should immediately remove the inflatable ball from the product and keep away from children. Do not discard the inflatable ball. Contact Fisher-Price — (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or at www.service.mattel.com — for a free replacement kit.

For more about this recall, including photos of the recalled products, go to CPSC.gov

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Moving on, Fisher-Price has also recalled around 950,000 (125,000 in Canada) Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs because children can fall on or against the pegs on the rear legs of the high chair resulting in injuries or lacerations.

CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 14 reports of incidents, including seven reports of children requiring stitches and one tooth injury. One of these incidents was reported in Canada.

This recall involves the Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs with pegs on the back legs intended for tray storage. The high chairs have a folding frame for storage and a three-position reclining seat. The model number and date code of the high chair is on the back of the seat. All Easy Clean and Close To Me High Chairs are included in this recall. Only Healthy Care High Chairs manufactured before December 2006 are included in the recall. If the fourth digit in the date code is 6 or less, the Healthy Care High Chair is included in the recall.

Consumers should stop using the High Chair immediately and contact Fisher-Price — (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or at www.service.mattel.com — for instructions and a free repair kit.

For more on this recall, including photos of recalled products, go to CPSC.gov.

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The third recall is for 100,000 Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway toys. The company has learned that the wheels on the purple and the green cars can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Fisher-Price has received two reports of a wheel detaching from a vehicle. No injuries have been reported.

The recall involves Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway with model numbers T4261 and V6378. They were sold with small cars that a child can push down winding ramps. Only the purple and the green cars that are marked “Mexico” and do not have a yellow dot on the bottom are included in the recall. The toy is intended for children 1 1/2 to 5 years of age.

Consumers should immediately take the affected purple and the green cars away from children and contact Fisher-Price — (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or at www.service.mattel.com — for free replacement cars.

For more on this recall, including photos of the recalled products, go to CPSC.gov

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And last — but definitely not least — Fisher-Price has recalled over 7 million Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles because “A child can strike, sit or fall on the protruding plastic ignition key resulting in serious injury, including genital bleeding.”

CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 10 reports of incidents resulting in injury. Six of the incidents required medical attention after young girls, ages two to three years old, fell against or on the protruding disc-shaped and D-shaped pretend key.

This recall involves the Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles with model numbers listed in the chart below and that have either a disc-shaped or D-shaped pretend key. The model numbers are located under the seat in the storage compartment. The trikes are intended for children 2 to 5 years of age. The pretend keys are located about 3 inches in front of the seat and protrude at least 5/8 inches above the trike’s body. The trikes manufactured after June 16, 2010 are not included in this recall. These trikes have a modified key in a flattened D shape (see picture below) and a manufacturer run number higher than 1670Q2. The run number indicates the trike was manufactured on the 167th day of 2010 or on June 16, 2010. The run number is found under the seat below the model number.

This recall includes trikes sold as far back as January 1997.

Consumers should immediately place the trikes out of children’s reach and contact Fisher-Price — (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or at www.service.mattel.com — for a free replacement key.

This last recall encompasses a large variety of tricycles, so if there’s a chance you might be in possession of one, it couldn’t hurt to scan through the details at CPSC.gov

Fisher-Price Recalls Infant Toys with Inflatable Balls Due to Choking Hazard [CPSC]
Fisher-Price Recalls Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs Due to Laceration Hazard [CPSC]
Fisher-Price Recalls Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway Due to Choking Hazard [CPSC]
Fisher-Price Recalls Children’s Trikes Due to Risk of Serious Injury [CPSC]

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  1. Holybalheadedchrist! says:

    Consumerists hate kids…go!

    • BuyerOfGoods3 says:

      You got #1, and that’s the best you could do? ;)

    • Lollerface says:

      See now you got it all wrong.

      The Consumerist doesn’t hate kids. They just report on what they find. The COMMENTERS hate kids. Why, because whenever a story involves children the comments are loaded with “parents should teach them better” or “that’s how they learn” or “it’s natural selection” or “we didnt have these problem when I was a kid”. And I’d bet the majority of those commenters do not have kids. Now … GO!

  2. ALP5050 says:

    I sure would hate to be working customer service at that company!

  3. ShruggingGalt says:

    When I heard about this on the radio this morning I was really upset.

    Because the radio numbers they were giving out was a recall of 10 million items, where the injury rate was 1 in 1 million.

    If we’re going to protect the children based on that ratio, we should ban all children from riding in cars, because they have a MUCH higher risk of being hurt as a passenger in a car.

    Then I came here and saw more details which make better sense…..

  4. SteveZim1017 says:

    “… including genital bleeding”

    thats NEVER something you want from a kids toy!!!

  5. framitz says:

    The issues seem to be about a possible defective valve in the inflatable balls that are part of each recalled product.

  6. veritybrown says:

    Of all these, the only recalls that actually make sense are the inflatable balls (valves come off) and the cars (wheels come off).

    ANYTHING that protrudes can injury ANYONE (child or adult) if they bump against it hard enough. If parents are so concerned that their child never bump into anything, they ought to go around and remove/pad everything in the world (or at least their home) that could possibly injure their “little darling.”

    What is WRONG with parents these days??? Whenever I bought a toy for my children, I ALWAYS examined it for potential safety hazards. There were any number of toys that I didn’t buy over the years because my own two eyes told me that there was a likelihood of dangerous-sized parts falling off, etc. Parents don’t bother to look and THINK about what they are giving their kids, but then scream lawsuit if “Johnny” scratches his finger on a toy. Or maybe these parents hand over dangerous toys on purpose? Gotta pay for the kid’s education somehow. :~P

    • qbubbles says:

      Well, one of the issues is a, “peg on the rear legs of the high chair” which can cause a laceration. Imagine if you kid trips and falls head first into that leg, and you end up with a gash on their head that needs stitches. The article already mentioned that some kids needed them after hitting it.

      So, the peg and the valve both are valid. The hoochie thing… pff. Dont slam down on the damn trike and you wont pop your cherry. Done.

      • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

        It’s probably more likely that they ran into a wall or a tree or something and went flying forward crotch first into the key.

    • Marshmelly says:

      the funny part is, babies don’t even need all these fancy toys. They’re happy with simple things and would probably get more enjoyment out of some simple blocks, a ball, a soft doll etc. I don’t understand all this light-up flashy plastic electronic crap. Wtf is a “Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade”? They’d probably have more fun in the box that it came in.

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      You never gave your young kids a ball with a stem? Because you’re so much more brilliant than ordinary, everyday parents and realized the stem might come out and be a choking hazard?

      That’s great that you’re so brilliant, but most of us aren’t. Some of us just assume that a ball with a stem is safe – afterall that type of ball has been around forever without having problems with the stems. Unfortunately most of us aren’t brilliant enough to know what you know. These recalls are to help us. Sorry if it offends you.

      • Jevia says:

        Whoa, reading comprehension failure. The commenter said he agreed with the recall on the balls/valves. It was the high chair and tricycle recall that he disagreed with.

    • dg says:

      I agree – except for the things where the kids can choke (because every nitwit kid puts everything into his mouth when the parents aren’t looking) – the rest of them shouldn’t even be considered.

      Oh johnny can trip and fall and whack into something protruding? No shit? Really? Ummm, don’t be a dumb ass… it’s not like it’s a spike sticking out… Or someone must have sat on the “key” of the trike – whatever. Bet you won’t do that again….

      Yeah, yeah, no one wants a kid to get injured, but honestly – that’s how people learn NOT to do things. I’m not saying I want kids maimed in the interest of learning, but a scratch or a bump here and there on 14 kids isn’t anything to recall 1 million items over… Total overkill…

      The sooner kids and the parents learn that not everything is safe, nor can it be – the better. Do your damn job as a parent – look at the crap you just bought, if it doesn’t seem safe – ummm, take it back. If it looks like someone could get hurt doing something stupid – talk to the kid about it… or watch the kid…

  7. Excuse My Ambition Deficit Disorder says:

    Honestly, I don’t really care if the kids toys break…even more honestly…I wish they would break so I can have a great reason to clear some of their extra toys out with out a total melt down. Toys break…it happens…kids beat the pulp out of them and they break..end of story. If the Adult watching them is actually watching them or even better…playing with them…then it’s no biggy.

    I would care if they contained high levels of harmful metals/chemicals…that I do have a problem with.

  8. myCatCracksMeUp says:

    This is a PITB – I’m pretty sure that I’ve got some of the recalled items. And I also think my daughter has one of the recaled high chairs. She’s not using it now – her youngest is too old for it, but she was planning on using it again when number three arrives in a few months.

  9. Mulva says:

    Anything that has any part sticking out should be recalled.

    I guess we should recall all men?

  10. travel_nut says:

    Damn, I have that play gym thing.

    It’s lame, my kid hates it. But I should remove the inflatable ball just to be safe.

  11. mhutt says:

    Thank you for the heads up. The free part to fix our highchair is now on its way.

  12. JonBoy470 says:

    On the tricycles, they’re succeeding in making the “key” look absolutely unlike what a real key looks like. Considering that a (admittedly secondary) function of toys is to impart necessary life skills to children (such as how to use a key) the fact that the revised key looks more like a knob is silly to me.

    • "I Like Potatoes" says:

      My son just got the Hot Wheels trike for his birthday, but it’s an updated version that has a knob instead of a “key”. It’s also located on the “dashboard” and not near the seat so this tells me that Fisher Price probably knew it was a problem a long time ago.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Considering most new cars DON’T have keys, but have buttons?

  13. Velifer says:

    I always wondered what those mystery pegs were for, now I know.
    Babbystabbins!

  14. Erika'sPowerMinute says:

    I’m so sick of this recall hysteria. Use common sense. If kids get owies, band-aid and kiss it and send them on their way. Slightly more serious owie–take them to get sticked up. Big frickin deal. Getting hurt isn’t the end of the universe.