September 30, 2010

Genital Bleeding! Does The CPSC Have Your Attention For The Fisher-Price Mega-Recall Now?

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In its great, revitalized mission to rid the world below our knees of potentially injurious protrusions, the CPSC has recalled more than 10 million Fisher-Price trikes, playsets, and high chairs.

The biggest news is the 7 million kids' trikes--sold from 2001 until June 2010--which have protruding plastic keys right at toddler-crotch level. Diapers are apparently not enough padding to protect kids from injury, because the CPSC has reports of at least 10 incidents of injuries from kids 2-3yo falling on the key, including several girls needing medical attention for "genital bleeding."

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The CPSC says that "Consumers should immediately place the trikes out of children's reach and contact Fisher-Price for a free replacement key," which--does that mean you could just solve the problem by taking out the crotch-crushing key?

Trikes manufactured after June 16, 2010 have a newer, lower-profile key, which is just fine. [Though it does look kind of small and choke-hazardy, no?] Which also means that this recall and redesign have been in the works long enough for Fisher-Price to design a non-genital-threatening key and put it into production. So to any parents whose kids' genitals were assaulted by Fisher-Price's key in the last year or so, the Baby Industrial Complex sends their apologies sympathetic non-admissions-of-responsibility for your kid's parent-error-caused injuries.

As for the other 3 million Fisher-Price recall items: there are a 100,000 race cars with wheels that might pop off; a few hundred thousand high chairs with apparently dangerous tray hooks on the back legs; and 2.8 million infant activity mats with inflatable balls whose valves can come off and pose a choking hazard.

These vinyl beach ball-looking balls are all on infant toys produced between 2001 and 2008. 46 incidents of the valves coming off, 14 of them involving the valve in the kid's mouth, and 1 where the kid was beginning to choke, but no injuries. And the remedy involves a fix, but not discarding the balls. This all seems like the CPSC continuing to work through their incident backlog and clear potentially hazardous toys from the marketplace. Hmm, I wonder what was going on between 2001 and 2008 that they didn't do it then?

Fisher-Price Recalls Children's Trikes Due to Risk of Serious Injury [cpsc]

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