Fisher-Price Thursday announced one of the largest product recalls ever involving children’s products, both in terms of sheer volume – almost 11 million units – and because four different types of products, with 46 different model numbers, were recalled the same day. The current list of recalled products is below.
The variety of products involved makes the Fisher-Price recall a little complex for parents.
If you own a Fisher-price tricycle, high chair, a Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway, or any one of seven infant toys with inflatable balls, the recall may affect you. The products could cause young children to choke or injure themselves, the federal government says.
“If you’re a kid, you don’t want your toy to break, but if you’re a parent, you don’t want your kid to be chewing on a toy and find that they’re choking on it,” said Alex Filip of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal organization responsible for monitoring product safety and issuing recalls.
Here's what parents should do:
Check your product against the model numbers listed below. The model number can be found on the product itself.
If your Fisher-Price product is on the recall list, put it out of reach of children. Don’t bother taking it back to the store you bought it from. Contact Fisher-Price instead, because it will send out replacement parts or repair kits to make the products safe.
Replacement parts and repair kits can be ordered through the company's toll-free number (800) 432-5437 (between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday) or online at this website.
If you have a tricycle, look for the model number under the seat in the storage compartment. Recalled models include the Hot Wheels Trike (Model No. 72633); Barbie™ Butterfly Trike (72639); Lil' Kawasaki® Trike (72642); Tough Trike (72643 and 72644); Kawasaki Trike (72792); Kawasaki® Ninja® Tough Trike ( B8775); Barbie™ Tough Trike (B8776);Nick Jr./Dora the Explorer Tough Trike (K6672); Go, Diego, Go! Tough Trike (K6673); Barbie™ Tough Trike Princess Ride-On (M5727); Kawasaki Tough Trike (N6021); Thomas & Friends™ Tough Trike (T6209); and the Go, Diego, Go!™ Kid-Tough™ Trike (V4270).
The concern is that the trikes' protruding D-shaped or disk-shaped plastic ignition key can injure children that strike or fall onto them. Contact Fisher-Price for a free replacement key. More information on the trike recall is available here.
If you have a high chair, the model number can be found on the back of the seat. Three varieties of high chairs are involved in the recall: Healthy Care™ High Chair (79638, 79639, 79640, 79641, B0326, B2105, B2875, 4630, C4632, C5936, G4406, G8659, H0796, H1152, H4864, H7241, K2927, and L1912); Close to Me High Chair (H8906); and Easy Clean™ High Chair (H9178, J4011, J6292, and J8229).
Children falling on the pegs of the rear legs of the high chairs can be injured. Fisher-Price is offering a free repair kit. For more information, click here.
If you have a Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway, check the undercarriage of the plastic purple and green cars. If they are model No. T4261 or V6378, marked “Mexico,” and do not have a yellow dot on the bottom, they're included in the recall.
The CPSC says the wheels on the cars can come off, pozing a choking hazard. Consumers can contact the company for free replacement cars. For more specifics, visit this website.
If you have an inflatable ball attached to an infant toy, check to see if they're part of the recall. The list includes all Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Cruise Playgrounds (73408); Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcades (B2408); Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquariums (C3068); Baby Gymtastics Play Walls (H5704); and Bat & Score Goals (K0476). Also included are the Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium (H8094) and the 1-2-3 Tetherball (J0327) manufactured before 2008 are included in this recall. The date code for the H8094 Ocean Wonders aquarium is located on the back side of the fabric tag on the quilt. The date code for the J0327 1-2-3 Tetherball is on the bottom of the base. (If the fourth digit of the six-digit date code is 7 or less, the product is included in the recall.)
The CPSC warns that the valve on the inflatable ball in these toys can come off and pose a choking hazard. The company advises parents to keep the ball away from children but not to discard the ball. Fisher-Price will send a free replacement kit, including a better-designed valve. More information is available here.