The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently reported a rash of recalls of toys for choking and other hazards to children.
The commission announced that a safety pin rattle is being voluntarily recalled by Fiber-Craft Materials Corp. of Niles, Ill., because it presents a possible choking hazard to infants and young children. The pink, blue or yellow plastic rattles were sold in craft stores and marketed as decorations.The model No. 4642 rattle is approximately 4 inches long with noise-making beads inside. The commission advises consumers to take the rattle away from infants immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
In cooperation with the commission, the Acme Premium Supply Corp. of St. Louis, Mo., is also voluntarily recalling plastic racing cars (item C805), plastic jet planes (item C822) and plastic speed cycles (item C900) that were distributed as prizes at carnivals and fairs.
Each item is contained in a package indicating it is not safe for children under age 3. On all three toys, the small wheels may present a choking hazard. Parents should take the toys away from small children and discard them.
In another voluntary recall, Lil Mort Sales of Chicago is recalling six small wind-up toys and klacker balls.
The six wind-up toys have been sold nationwide for the past two years and include Stretch Tail Puppies, Whistling Funny Action planes, trains, helicopters and Busy Animals turtles and frogs. They are being recalled because some parts may come off and present a choking hazard.
The Klacker Balls, two solid plastic balls attached to each end of a cord, are being recalled because the balls may separate from the cord and cause injury to users or bystanders.
Consumers should destroy the toys or take them to the store of purchase for a full refund.