Fisher-Price recalls 10 million tricycles, toys, high chairs

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TORONTO — Fisher-Price is recalling more than 10 million tricycles, toys and high chairs over safety concerns in the U.S. and Canada.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada said Thursday that two of the products being recalled involved injuries.

In the recall of about 7 million Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles, the agencies are aware of 10 reports of children being hurt. Six of them required medical attention. About 150,000 were sold in Canada.

The trikes — some of which feature popular characters like Dora the Explorer and Barbie — have a protruding plastic ignition key near the seat that children can strike, sit on or fall on, leading to injuries that the commission said can include genital bleeding.

Fisher-Price is also recalling more than one million Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs, after 14 reports of problems. Seven children required stitches, and one suffered a tooth injury. One of the incidents was reported in Canada. About 125,000 of the chairs were sold in Canada.

The pegs on the back of the high chairs can be used to store the tray, but children can fall on them, resulting in cuts and other injuries.

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said manufacturers need to do more to build safety into their products before they reach store shelves. But she also offered praise for Fisher-Price for “taking the right steps by agreeing to these recalls and offering consumers free repairs or replacement.”

The two other Fisher-Price recalls were:

— More than 2.8 million Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground toys, Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade toys, Baby Gymtastics Play Wall toys, Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium toys, 1-2-3 Tetherball toys and Bat & Score Goal toys. About 125,000 were sold in Canada.

The valve of the inflatable ball on the toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to children, said CPSC. The agency said there were 46 reports of the valves coming off the balls in the U.S. and eight in Canada. That included 14 reports of a valve found in a child’s mouth and three reports of a child beginning to choke. But the children were not injured.

— About 100,000 Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand ’n Play Rampway toys, 20,000 of them sold in Canada. The wheels on the purple and green cars can come off, posing a choking hazard. There have been two reports of a wheel detaching from a vehicle but no injuries have been reported.

Consumers can visit the company’s website at www.service.mattel.com for more information on the dates of sale and model numbers for the recalled products.

- With files from The Associated Press.

Organizations: Fisher-Price, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada CPSC The Associated Press

Geographic location: Canada.The, U.S., Canada TORONTO

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