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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Be aware of latest product safety measures, recalls when shopping for toys, AG advises

Safety might not be top of mind when shopping for toys this holiday season, but it should be. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 265,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2012. Of those injured, more than 70 percent were children younger than 15 years of age.

In light of those statistics, Attorney General Jack Conway is urging Kentucky consumers to consider toy safety information when making purchases for children this holiday season.

“Being aware of the latest product safety measures and recall information can prevent potential injuries and possibly save lives,” Conway said.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s, there were an estimated 265,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2012. Of those injured, more than 70 percent were children younger than 15 years of age.

Conway and his Office of Consumer Protection encourage you to keep the following safety tips in mind when giving toys as gifts to children:

‣ Follow recommended age ranges on toy packages.
‣ Read instructions carefully before allowing your child to play with a toy received as a gift.
‣ Be aware that children age three and younger can choke on small toys and toy parts with a diameter of one and three-quarters of an inch or smaller.
‣ Be careful with gift bags, wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. These items can cause suffocation and choking hazards to a small child.
‣ Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times and they should be sized to fit.

A guide to the latest toy and product recall information is available through the Office of the Attorney General’s website, as well as the CPSC’s website. The following is a list of toys recently recalled:

• Jelly BeadZ Jumbo BeadZ and Magic Growing Fruity Fun Toys–Recalled on Dec. 12, 2013 because the products can be mistaken by a child for candy. The Doodlebutt brand was sold from February 2012 through September 2013 on Amazon.com.

• Trek model year 2013 Madone bicycles–Recalled on Dec. 12, 2013 because the bicycle’s front brake can fail, posing a crash hazard. The bicycles were sold in stores nationwide from July 2012 through December 2013.

• Children’s Wall-Mounted Lamps sold exclusively at IKEA–Recalled Dec. 11, 2013 due to a strangulation hazard. The lamps were sold at IKEA stores nationwide, in IKEA’s catalog and on IKEA’s website from July 1999 through May 2013.

• Manhattan Toy Quixel baby rattles—Recalled Dec. 4, 2013 because the colored arches can break, creating a small part which poses a choking hazard to small children. The rattles were sold at specialty toy and baby stores nationwide from September 2011 through October 2013.

• K2 Revo Kick kickboards/scooters—Recalled Dec. 4, 2013 because the front assembly of the kickboards/scooters can break and the handle can detach, causing loss of control or loss of balance. The kickboards/scooters were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online at K2skates.com from March 2010 through September 2013.

• Step2 Whisper Ride Touring Wagon—Recalled Nov. 13, 2013 because the removable blue seat backs can detach and allow the child in the wagon to fall out. The wagons were sold at Toys R Us stores nationwide and on the Toys R Us website from February 2013 through August 2013.

For more information from the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection, click here. You can also call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 888-432-9257.

From Office of the Attorney General



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