2014 Recalls

Because the toy industry designs its products specifically for children, toys are held to a high standard of safety. Although toy recalls are rare, they are an important part of a robust safety system, creating a “safety net” that helps to remove faulty product from the distribution chain and, when necessary, out of consumers’ homes.

McDonald’s Recalls Hello Kitty Themed Whistles Due to Choking and Aspiration Hazards

McDonald’s Recalls Hello Kitty Themed Whistles Due to Choking and Aspiration HazardsWASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Date: November 10, 2014

Recall Number: 15-021

Name of product: “Hello Kitty® Birthday Lollipop” Whistles

Units: About 2.3 million in the U.S. In addition, about 200,000 were distributed in Canada.

Hazard: Components inside of the whistle can detach, posing choking and aspiration hazards to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: McDonald’s has received two reports of children who coughed out pieces of the whistle that they had sucked into their mouths, including one child who received medical attention.

Description: The recalled whistles are red and were included in a plastic Hello Kitty figurine holding a pink heart-shaped lollipop. The whistle can be removed and used to make sounds by inhaling or exhaling through the mouthpiece. When closed, the figurine measures about 3 inches in height and width and 1 3/4 inches in depth. The whistle measures about 1 3/4 inches in height and width and 3/4 inches in depth. A picture of Hello Kitty appears on both sides of the whistle. The text “©1976, 2014 SANRIO CO., LTD.” appears above Hello Kitty’s face on the whistle, and “Made for McDonald’s China CCW Chine” appears below Hello Kitty’s face on the whistle. The bag in which the toy is packaged includes the text “Hello Kitty® Birthday Lollipop” and the number “6” in the upper right corner.

Distributed exclusively at: McDonald’s restaurants nationwide from October 2014 through the first week of November 2014 with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals.

Manufactured in: China

Distributor: McDonald’s Corp., of Oakbrook, Ill.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the whistle away from children and return it to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or a bag of apple slices.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact McDonald’s at (800) 244-6227 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT, seven days a week, or visit the firm's website at www.mcdonalds.com.

Toys R Us Recalls Toy Toaster Sets Due to Choking Hazard

Toys R Us Recalls Toy Toaster Sets Due to Choking HazardWASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Date: October 15, 2014

Name of product: Just Like Home Toy Toaster Sets

Units: About 30,000 in the U.S. and about 6,000 in Canada

Hazard: The plastic toast, under pressure, can crack and break into small pieces creating sharp edges and posing a choking hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall includes the Just Like Home brand toy toaster sets. The teal blue plastic toy toaster has silver trim around the slice opening on top, with an orange slider handle on the side and orange 3-dimensional adjustment knob outlined with orange dots in a half moon shape on the face of the toaster in the left bottom corner. “Just like home” is printed in white on the front right bottom corner of the toaster. The toaster measures about 4 inches in height by 5-1/2 inches in length by 2 inches in width. The toaster set was sold with two plastic toast slices and two plastic half bagel slice accessories. Model number 5F60589 is printed on a white label on the bottom of the toaster and above the UPC bar code in the lower right hand corner of the product packaging.

Sold exclusively at: Toys R Us stores nationwide and online at www.toysrus.com from July 2013 through August 2014 for about $10.

Manufactured in: Bright Kingdom Development LTD., Kolwoon, Hong Kong, China

Importer: Toys R Us, of Wayne, N.J.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take this product away from children and return it to any Toys R Us to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Toys R Us at (800) 869-7787 anytime or online at www.toysrus.com and click on News/Press Room under the About Us tab at the bottom of the page then click on the Safety tab and Product Recalls for more information.

Discount School Supply Recalls Sorting Boards Due to Magnet Ingestion Risk and Excessive Lead Levels

Discount School Supply Recalls Sorting Boards Due to Magnet Ingestion Risk and Excessive Lead Levels WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Date: May 7, 2014

Name of product: Magnetic Color Sorting Board

Units: About 3,700

Hazard: The magnet in the wand can detach and the plywood backing can crack and release small metal balls that are sandwiched between the board and a clear plastic cover. These pose choking and serious internal injury risks associated with ingestion of a magnet and metal ball. The surface paint on the metal balls contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: Discount School Supply has received six reports of the plywood backing cracking and making the small metal balls accessible to children, and two reports of the magnet detaching from the wand. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Excellerations™ magnetic color sorting boards with cupcake cut-outs that are used to teach color and sorting to young children. The recalled sorting board is made of plywood and is 16 inches wide and 12 inches high and has the Excellerations™ name and logo on the front in the bottom right corner. A clear plastic cover is attached to the board by rivets and a 4-inch long wand with a magnet in one end is attached to the top of the board by a 13.5-inch plastic cord. The face of the board has one jar-shaped cut-out and six cupcake-shaped cut-outs that are colored red, yellow, blue, green, orange and purple. Beneath the cover are about 60 multi-colored metal balls, each 1 centimeter in diameter. Children use the wand to move the balls around the board through channels from the jar to the cupcakes.

Sold exclusively at: Discountschoolsupply.com from January 2013 through March 2014 for about $36

Manufactured in: China

Importer: Discount School Supply, of Monterey, Calif.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop children from using the recalled board, put it out of their reach and sight, and contact the company for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Discount School Supply at (800) 338-4430 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.discountschoolsupply.com, and click on “Safety Information” for more information.

Lakeshore Learning Materials Recalls Bristle Builders for Toddlers Play Sets Due to Choking Hazard

Lakeshore Learning Materials Recalls Bristle Builders for Toddlers Play Sets Due to Choking HazardWASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Date: May 22, 2014

Name of product: Lakeshore Bristle Builders® for Toddlers

Units: About 2,000

Hazard: The base of the three animal figures can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall includes the Bristle Builders® for Toddlers sets sold with 52 plastic pieces consisting of building pieces and three animal figures. The animal figures include a yellow duck with a purple round base, a brown horse with a blue round base and a pink pig with a round green base. The building pieces include circle, rectangle, square and triangle-shaped pieces in different colors with a green 8” by 4.5” rectangle base. Pieces are covered with plastic bristle pegs which allow all the pieces to connect. Production number EC559597 is printed on the smooth side of the green baseplate.

Sold exclusively at: Lakeshore retail stores, Lakeshore Learning Materials’ Early Childhood catalog and online at www.lakeshorelearning.com from December 2013 to April 2014 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Importer: Lakeshore Learning Materials, of Carson, Calif.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the three animal figures away from children and contact the company to receive a free replacement set of the three animal figures.

Consumer Contact: Lakeshore Learning Materials at (800) 428-4414 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.lakeshorelearning.com and click on “Product Safety” for more information.

Wal-Mart Recalls Dolls Due to Burn Hazard

Wal-Mart Recalls Dolls Due to Burn HazardWASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Date: March 25, 2014

Name of product:My Sweet Love / My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Baby Doll

Units: About 174,000

Hazard: The circuit board in the chest of the doll can overheat, causing the surface of the doll to get hot, posing a burn hazard to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: Wal-Mart has received 12 reports of incidents, including two reports of burns or blisters to the thumb.

Description: The My Sweet Love / My Sweet Baby electronic baby doll comes in pink floral clothing and matching knit hat. The 16 inch doll is packaged with a toy medical check-up kit including a stethoscope, feeding spoon, thermometer and syringe. The doll’s electronics cause her to babble when she gets “sick,” her cheeks turn red and she starts coughing. Using the medical kit pieces cause the symptoms to stop. “My Sweet Baby” is printed on the front of the clear plastic and cardboard packaging. The doll is identified by UPC 6-04576-16800-5 and a date code which begins with WM. The date code is printed on the stuffed article label sewn into the bottom of the doll.

Sold exclusively at: Walmart stores nationwide from August 2012 through March 2014 for $20.

Manufactured in: China

Importer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the dolls from children, remove the batteries and return the doll to any Walmart store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Minga Fair Trade Imports toll-free at (855) 738-5260 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, at email recall@mingaimports.com or online at www.mingaimports.com and click on Product Safety Recall for more information.

Minga Fair Trade Imports Recalls Wooden Flipping Acrobat Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

Minga Fair Trade Imports Recalls Wooden Flipping Acrobat Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint StandardWASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Date: March 20, 2014

Name of product: Wooden flipping acrobat toys

Units: About 135 units

Hazard: The paint on the wooden flipping acrobat toys contains excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled flipping acrobat toys are made of painted wood and are 8.5 inches tall. The toys consist of two rectangular wooden sticks connected by a wood crosspiece near one end and a coyote, super hero, woodpecker or yellow bird wooden cartoon character suspended by nylon string at the other end.

Sold at: Independent children’s stores and gift shops nationwide from September 2008 through May 2013 for about $6.

Manufactured in: Peru

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled flipping acrobat toys away from children and return them to Minga Fair Trade Imports for a full refund or credit towards a replacement product.

Consumer Contact: Minga Fair Trade Imports toll-free at (855) 738-5260 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, at email recall@mingaimports.com or online at www.mingaimports.com and click on Product Safety Recall for more information.

Ganz Recalls Grumpy Cat Stuffed Animal Toys Due to Choking Hazard

Ganz Recalls Grumpy Cat Stuffed Animal Toys Due to Choking HazardWASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Date: March 19, 2014

Name of product:Three styles of Plush Grumpy Cat stuffed animal toys.

Units: About 8,200

Hazard: The stuffed animals’ eyes can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received six reports of the eyes detaching from the Grumpy Cat toys.  No injuries have been reported.   

Description: This recall involves three styles of plush Grumpy Cat stuffed animal toys by Ganz. They include an 8-inch Grumpy Cat in laying position, a 5-inch long sitting Grumpy Cat and a 4-inch Grumpy Cat key clip. The toys are multi-colored in white with dark brown, light brown and gray fur material. Grumpy Cat toys have blue crystal eyes with the eye lids half closed, a down-turned mouth and white whiskers. This toy is labeled for ages 3 and older. The Grumpy Cat key chain has a black plastic key clip at the top of the cat’s head. The recalled toys have batch numbers 86754 or 224861, and model numbers printed on the sewn-in label located near the tail of the cat.

The recalled toys model and batch numbers are:

Description

Model

Batch 1

Batch 2

Grumpy Cat 8" Laying

HGC12974

86754

224861

Grumpy Cat 5" Sitting

HGC12982

86754

224861

Grumpy Cat Key Clip

HGC12983

86754

224861


Sold at: Gift, drug and toy stores including hospitals, museums and gift shops nationwide from December 2013 through January 2014 for about $8 to $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Ganz for a free replacement Grumpy Cat product of equivalent value or a full refund. 

Consumer Contact: Ganz at (800) 724-5902 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or online at www.Ganz.com and click on Recall Info for more information.


Vera Bradley Recalls Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny Toys Due to Choking Hazard

Vera Bradley Recalls Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny Toys Due to Choking HazardWASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Date: March 19, 2014

Name of product: Vera Bradley Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny Stuffed Toys

Units:About 98,000

Hazard: The pom-pom tail can detach from the body of the bear rattle and the bunny, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: Vera Bradley has received two reports that the pom-pom tail detached from the product.  No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves all Vera Bradley Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny stuffed animal toys.  The products are made of cotton and fleece.  The bear ring rattle has a white teddy bear head, arms attached to an O-shaped body with a green, blue, brown and pink crisscross pattern design rattle. The bear ring rattle measures about 4.25 inches in diameter. The bunny is 10 inches tall from the top of its head to the bottom of its foot and was sold in three printed patterns. The “Bunny in Lilli Bell” has green vines with pink and orange flowers on the body, limbs and the back of the ears. The “Bunny in Lola” has a crisscross geometric pattern on the arms, legs and ears of the white headed bunny with a floral print body. The “Bunny in Tutti Frutti” has a green with a pink and yellow floral printed pattern fabric covering whole body. All of the recalled rattles and bunnies have a white pom-pom tail on the back of the item. The name Vera Bradley is marked on a tag attached to each item along with the following serial numbers:

Sold at: Vera Bradley retail stores, department stores and specialty gift shops and online at www.verabradley.com and other online stores from September 2012 to January 2014 for between $12 and $19.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take them away from young children and stop using these recalled products and return them to Vera Bradley for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Vera Bradley toll-free at (888) 855-8372 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 8:30 am to 5 pm ET Saturday and Sunday or online at www.verabradley.com and click on Product Recall for more information.

Cork Block Stacking Toys Recalled by A Harvest Company Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at StorkStack.com

Cork Block Stacking Toys Recalled by A Harvest Company Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at StorkStack.comWASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Date: February 26, 2014

Name of product:Cork Stacker Block Sets

Units:About 720 sets

Hazard: Small pieces of cork can break off the blocks, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received seven reports of cork pieces breaking off of the blocks, including two reports of children mouthing the cork pieces. No injuries have been reported. 

Description: This recall involves a three-piece cork block stacking toy. Each of the square cork blocks are a different size: 2 7/8 inch by 2 7/8 inch, 2 3/8 inch by 2 3/8 inch and 2 inch by 2 inch. All of the blocks are 1 ½ inches tall.  The blocks have black dots on the top. The packaging is labeled “6mo+” for use by children six months and older. 

Sold exclusively at: Toys R Us stores nationwide and online at ToysRUs.com from February 2013 to August 2013 for about $130.

Manufactured in: USA

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cork block toys and contact A Harvest Company for instructions to return the block sets for a merchandise credit.

Consumer Contact: A Harvest Company toll-free at (877) 394-7774 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.aharvestcompany.com and click Cork Stacker Blocker Sets Recall for more information.

Infantino Recalls Teething Toys Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target

Infantino Recalls Teething Toys Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at TargetWASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Date: February 20, 2014

Name of product:Go Gaga Squeeze & Teethe Coco the Monkey

Units: About 191,000

Importer: Doodlebutt, Lehigh Acres, Fla.

Hazard: The tail of the monkey can pose a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received seven reports of infants choking or gagging on the monkey’s tail. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the Go Gaga Squeeze & Teethe Coco the Monkey teething toys. This squeaking toy is made of soft orange rubber and is shaped like a monkey. The toy measures 4.5 inches tall by 5 inches long and is intended for ages newborn and up.  “Infantino” is marked on the back toward the rear and model number 206-647 is marked on the inside of the rear left leg

Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide and online from December 2012 through January 2014 for about $13.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Infantino toll-free at (888) 808-3111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online atwww.infantino.com and click on Recall Information on the home page.

BebeLove Recalls Baby Walkers Due to Fall and Entrapment Hazards

BebeLove Recalls Baby Walkers Due to Fall and Entrapment HazardsWASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Date: February 6, 2014

Name of product: BebeLove™ Baby Walkers

Units: About 3,600

Importer: Bebe Love USA, of Pico Rivera, California

Hazard: The walkers failed to meet federal safety standards. Specifically, style number 358 can fit through a standard doorway and is not designed to stop at the edge of a step as required by the federal safety standard. In addition, style number 368 contains leg openings that allow the child to slip down until the child’s head can become entrapped at the neck. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled includes all BebeLove walkers that were sold for babies age 6 months or older. The walkers contain a plastic- covered foam padded seat with a plastic base and toy tray. Model 358 walkers have a green, pink or orange musical tray with a white toy bar and solid colored seats. Model 368 walkers have green, pink or white musical tray with a yellow toy bar and printed patterned seats. Both models have white stoppers on the bottom of the base of the walker and model numbers printed on a label on the rear bottom inside of the base.BEBELOVE" is printed on a label on the seat back and on the base of the walkers.

Sold at: Small retail stores in Arizona, California and Utah and online at Amazon.com and Overstock.com from November 2011 through July 2013 for about $25. 

Manufactured in: Taiwan and China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled baby walkers immediately and contact BebeLove for a free repair kit. 

Fred & Friends Recalls Infant Pacifiers Due to Choking Hazard

Fred & Friends Recalls Infant Pacifiers Due to Choking HazardWASHINGTON, 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.

Recall Date: January 30, 2014

Name of product: Fred & Friends Chill Baby Artiste, Volume and Panic pacifiers

Units: About 183,000 in the United States and 17,000 in Canada

Distributor: Fred & Friends, of Cumberland, R.I., a division of Lifetime Brands, Inc., of Garden City, N.Y.

Hazard: The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards. The beard on the Artiste and the knob on the Volume pacifiers can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. In addition, the ventilation holes on the Volume and Panic pacifier guards are too small.

Incidents/Injuries: Fred & Friends has received one report of the knob on the Volume pacifier detaching. No injuries have been reported. 

Description: This recall involves three styles of Fred & Friends Chill Baby pacifiers, including the Artiste with a black plastic beard and mustache, Volume with a black volume control knob  and Panic with a red panic button. The pacifier’s name and UPC are printed on the packaging.  The Artiste’s UPC is 728987021282, the Volume style’s UPC is 728987020599 and the Panic style’s UPC is 728987020605. The pacifiers are plastic and silicone rubber and measure about 2 inches wide and 1½ inches tall. 

Sold exclusively at: Department stores,gift, drug, toy, baby product, grocery and home decorating stores, and hospital, museum gift shops nationwide and various websites from April 2013 through December 2013 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifiers away from young children and return them to Fred & Friends for a $12 refund. Fred & Friends is providing a postage paid envelope for consumers to return the recalled pacifiers.

Consumer Contact: Fred & Friends toll-free at (855) 346-6372 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email the firm at pacifiersconsumer@fredandfriends.com or online at www.fredandfriends.com and click on Pacifier Recall for more information.