On September 28th, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the manufacturer, Little Tikes, announced a voluntary recall of their Little Tikes Workshop and Tool Sets due to a potential choking hazard.
What do you need to know about this recall?
The recalled workshop and tool sets have oversized, plastic toy nails that can pose a choking hazard to young children. This recall involves the toy nails sold as part of 11 additional models of Little Tikes® Workshop and tool sets as listed on the CPSC website. The toy nails are oversized, plastic, and about 3 1/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inch in diameter. The nails are either red or blue and have a large round head; below the nail head there is a plastic ridge, slightly smaller than the nail head and about 1 inch in diameter. The model number may be found on some of the products. More than 1.7 million additional units (about 1.6 million toy workshop sets and trucks with the same toy nails) were previously recalled in August 2009.
These toy products were sold through mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1990 through 2004 for between $25 and $100 and were manufactured in the United States and China.
The firm has reported two additional incidents, occurring prior to the August 2009 recall, of children who choked when the toy nail became lodged in their throat. Both children were treated in a hospital and made a full recovery.
What should you do if you have purchased or own one of these products?
Consumers should immediately take the toy nails away from young children and contact the firm for free replacement toy nails. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately and also be aware that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
For additional information, contact Little Tikes at (800) 321-0183 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website here.