Many products with sharp components have been recalled this year. Among these products, there have been a few small kitchen appliances. For instance, last month, Frigidaire had to recall approximately 14,000 blenders due to a blade shaft assembly that could break and pose a laceration hazard. In addition to hazardous kitchen products, there have also been a few children’s products with sharp pieces. Recently, Toys R Us issued a recall for approximately 12,650 toy travel trunks due to a laceration hazard.
According to the CPSC, “the blue metal handle on the trunk can be sharp, presenting a laceration hazard to the user.” To date, Toys R Us has received six incident reports involving these trunks. In one report, a consumer had to receive stitches after being cut by one trunk’s handle.
The “Journey Girl Travel Trunks” are 21-inches tall and are purple and blue. The hazardous handle is blue and metal. Meant to carry dolls, the recalled trunks contain three clothes hangers and two pull-out storage drawers. The recall involves travel trunks with the UPC # 4897027965070 and model number 5F5F79E. Consumers can find the model number on the bottom of the recalled travel trunks.
The travel trunks were available in Toys R Us stores and at ToysRUs.com from October 2012 through February 2013. The recalled toy trunks were priced at approximately $30. Owners of the recalled trunk are advised to stop using the product and place it out of the reach of children. Consumers can take the recalled trunks back to Toys R Us stores for a full refund or store credit. Consumers can contact Toys R Us at (800) 896-7787 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET weekdays and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Sunday. Additionally, Toys R Us’ website provides information about the recall.
The children’s toy manufacturer Toysmith had to recall approximately 30,000 light-up frog and duck toys last week because the toys had pieces that could detach and pose a choking hazard for young children. Choking hazards are common in toys, especially since toy manufacturers tend to produce small products. This week, another toy manufacturer is recalling a product for similar reasons.
Over the past few years, consumers have become more aware of potential hazards to young children, especially with toys. The CPSC often discovers that popular children’s products can be dangerous if handled improperly.
Defective products that carry a fire hazard are dangerous for both the home and the consumer. This month, a few recalls have been issued for these types of products. Swan Creek Candle Company recently recalled more than 700,000 loose votive candles due to a high burning flame that poses a fire and burn hazard. Similarly, Toys R Us recently recalled about 7,400 remote-controlled helicopters because of the risk of the battery overheating and posing a fire and burn hazard.
Many would agree that the most hazardous defective products are those that affect young ones, especially products that could become a choking hazard. Last September, popular clothing retailer H&M voluntarily recalled more than 2,900 children’s water bottles because of a defective spout that could break into small parts and pose a choking hazard.
Despite the media hype over the past few years about toys and other children’s products with excessive levels of lead paint, large numbers of toys and children’s clothing with excessive levels of lead continued to be sold in 2009. A number of these products were recalled in 2009 after testing revealed lead in excess of federal standards. The media devoted a great deal attention to recalls of toys, largely due to the controversy around Chinese manufacturers exporting large numbers of products into the United States that exceeded federal standards for lead.