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September 30th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Fisher Price Recalls Millions of Toys

Official Press Release from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 432-5437 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

Fisher-Price Recalls Infant Toys with Inflatable Balls Due to Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of products: 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™
Units: About 2.8 million in the US and about 125,000 in Canada
Importer: Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y.
Hazard: The valve of the inflatable ball on these toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: 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.
Description: This recall involves the products listed below:
All of the Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Cruise Playground™, Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Slide Arcade™, C3068 Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl Aquarium, Baby Gymtastics™ Play Wall, Bat & Score Goal™ are included in this recall. Only H8094 Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl ™Aquarium and J0327 1-2-3 Tetherball™ manufactured before 2008 are included in this recall.
The date code for the H8094 Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium is located on the back side of the fabric tag on the quilt. The date code for the J0327 1-2-3 Tetherball™ is located on the bottom of the base. If the fourth digit of the six-digit date code is, 7 or less, the product is included in the recall. No other Fisher-Price products with inflatable balls are included in this recall.

Manufactured in: Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Cruise Playground™, Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Slide Arcade™ and Baby Gymtastics™ Play Wall were made in Mexico. The Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium, 1-2-3 Tetherball™ and Bat & Score Goal™ were made in China.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the inflatable ball from the product and keep away from children. Do not discard the inflatable ball. Contact Fisher-Price for a free replacement kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.service.mattel.com

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a significant decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or re-sell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772, teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this press release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.


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  1. John Stephens

    It seems very strange that the CPSC would allow Fisher-Price to gather all of their recalls together and announce them all at once rather than when they are each discovered. One can only assume that the impact on Fisher-Price sales would be worse if they announced each as they happened. It sure seems like the CPSC is in bed with Fisher-Price on this instead of pushing for consumer safety.

    October 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  2. john bear

    Who took away regulations that would catch this China junk before it makes it into our childrens hands? Is there noone watching? Or is the bottom line the most important thing?

    September 30, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  3. Beth Beecher

    This is very scarey to read. But have we become so worried about lawsuits that we are not letting kids grow up and get hurt now and then. I understand the choking parts, but is that why we watch our kids?

    September 30, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  4. Dana Knight

    Your piece this morning, now on TV, Afghanistan, showed kids asking for pens. Anyone thinking about calling Washington to airdrop 1 Giga pens into Afghanistan ? Maybe that would be a trigger for those people to start communicating. Don't forget the paper.

    Regards, Dana.

    September 30, 2010 at 7:32 am |