Thursday, December 28, 2000

'Dangerous dozen' toys recalled

The Orlando Sentinel and The Cincinnati Enquirer

        When a company makes a toy that turns out to be dangerous, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues a recall to get it off store shelves and out of consumers' homes.

        Some recalls are more effective than others, however. Recalls affecting hundreds of thousands, even millions of units, inevitably are missed by many consumers.

        The safety commission has issued a list of a “dangerous dozen” toys that already have been recalled but might still be in people's homes. The dangerous dozen include:

        • Pokemon Balls distributed in Burger King kids' meals in November and December 1999 may pose a suffocation hazard to children under 3. Return both halves of the balls to any Burger King for a free small order of french fries.

        • KFC Tangled Treeples Toys distributed in KFC kids meals in June and July 2000 may pose a suffocation hazard to children under 3 years of age. Return the toy container to any KFC for a free individual-sized item.

        • Fazoli's Pasta Pals distributed in Fazoli's kids meals from January to August 2000 may pose a suffocation hazard to children under 3. Return the container to any Fazoli's for a free Italian Lemon Ice.

        • Kent Kickin' Mini-Scooters sold from May 2000 through September 2000 can cause the rider injury if handles unexpectedly come out of steering column. Call Kent at (800) 451-5368 for a replacement handlebar. Kash 'n Gold Racer X20 Scooters sold from August 2000 through September 2000 can cause rider to lose control if T-joint between handlebars breaks. Return the Kash scooter to the store for a refund or a new scooter with a metal “"T” joint.

        • Toy Basketball Nets sold between 1976 and 1998 might strangle children on loops or openings in nets that come unhooked from the rim. Remove and throw away nets that can unhook or have knots that slide. Call the manufacturer to get new nets.

        • Sky Dancers Flying Dolls sold from 1994 through 2000 fly rapidly in unpredictable directions and can injure children and adults. Call Galoob toll-free at (877) 598-5599 to arrange for a free replacement toy.

        • Wiggle Waggle Caterpillar sold from 1998 through 2000 can present a choking hazard. Call Child Guidance at (877) 586-1006 for information about sending back the toy to receive another toy of similar value.

        • Battery-powered toy riding vehicles sold by Tek Nek Toys, Empire Industries and Fisher-Price from 1995 through 2000 depending on model. Battery charger can overheat presenting a fire hazard (Tek Nek, Empire). Fisher-Price foot pedals can stick in the “on” position and can cause injury if the child falls or strikes another object.

        Other toys on the recall list include Busy Poppin Pals, Klackeroo, Leapfrog Alphabet Pal, Xylophone Mallets from Stand-Up "N Play Tables, Kent Kickin Mini-Scooters and Toy Basketball Nets sold from 1976 to 1998.

        • Busy Poppin Pals sold from 1994 through 2000 by Playskool have small springs inside that can break loose, posing a choking and laceration hazard. Call Playskool at (877) 518-9743 to receive a free, redesigned toy.

        • Klackeroo sold from October 1997 through September 2000 has small, geometric-shaped pieces that come loose, posing a choking hazard to infants and young children. Call Playskool at (888) 671-9764 to get a redesigned replacement toy.

        • Leapfrog Alphabet Pal electronic pull toys sold from June 1999 through November 2000 have a red plastic connector on the pull string that can be pulled apart, and the end pieces pose a choking hazard to young children. Cut the red plastic connector off of the strings on this toy. Call the company at (877) 477-6641.

        • Xylophone Mallets from Stand-Up 'N Play Tables sold from 1996 through 1999 pose a choking hazard. Call Shelcore Inc. at (800) 777-0453 to get a free replacement mallet. For more information go to or call (800) 638-2772 and press ext. 529 when prompted.


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