Ten Famous Toy Recalls
The number of recalls issued by toy manufacturers is staggering. Today there seems to be little attention and thought in the design of children's toys, other than to make them as cheaply as possible. The design level is certainly lacking the element of making safety first. It is apparent the parents or those buying the toys are purchasing them without the knowledge of reading the box which will say "Parts that can cause a choking accident". We have to be more vigilant in the supervision of children and look to see if a situation is life threatening.
Here is a list of a few products that have been listed on the top ten list of recalls:
1. Toy Mobile Phones Recalled for Choking Hazard
International Playthings Inc., of Parsippany, N.J. recalled 50,500 iPlay "My First Mobile Phones". The toy phone's yellow antenna could detach and posed a choking hazard to young children.
2. Next Marketing Inc. Recalls Youth Hooded Fleece with Drawstring for Strangulation Hazard
Next Marketing Inc., of Wabash, Ind. recalled 22,000 Youth Hooded Fleeces with Drawstrings. The drawstring, which went through the hood of the fleece, posed a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
3. Simplicity Cribs
After the death of a 19-month baby in Myrtle Creek, Ore., the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Simplicity Inc., of Reading Pa., renewed their search for recalled Aspen 3 in 1 Cribs with Graco logos. The child died on Jan. 6, 2006, after two of the mattress support slats came out of his recalled crib. The infant was trapped between the mattress and the foot board of the crib and suffocated.
4. Fisher-Price Infant Musical Toy ChairHazard
Fisher-Price, one of the most well-known toy manufacturers in the world, voluntarily recalled about 614,000 Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn & Trade Musical Learning Chairs. It was possible for a child to get stuck between the back of the seat and the side table attached to the chair, which could cause the child's neck to become stuck as well and posed a strangulation hazard.
5. Mattel Polly Pocket magnetic play sets
Mattel Inc. recalled 4.4 million "Polly Pocket magnetic play sets" after they found out that three children had been hospitalized with serious injuries after swallowing tiny magnets which fell off of the toys.