Little Tikes™ is recalling 1.6 million toy workshops and trucks after a toddler choked on a plastic nail. The voluntary recall covers five toy models sold by Little Tikes™ as far back as March, 1994, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The problem involves the bright red and blue plastic nails that accompanied the Hudson, Ohio-based company’s Electronic Project Workshop, the Little Handiworker Workhorse, the Home Improvements Two-sided Workshop, the Swirlin’ Sawdust Workshop and the Black Pickup Truck with Tools.
The toys were sold by major retailers including Toys R Us as well as online at www.littletikes.com and other websites for $25 to $100. Consumers should immediately take the toy nails away from young children and contact Little Tikes™ for a free replacement. Little Tikes™ said in a statement that the toys were intended for children ages two and older. The child who swallowed the toy part was an 11-month-old boy from Goose Creek, S.C. The plastic nail — about 3¼ inches long by 1¼ inch in diameter — “forcefully lodged” in the boy’s throat. He was hospitalized and has made a full recovery.
Some of the products are no longer sold by the company. But the toys may have been handed down to new owners or sold at garage sales. Tom Richmond, general manager of Little Tikes Worldwide, said that “we realize Little Tikes™ toys are actively played with in homes where younger siblings reside and for that reason believe we must do everything possible to ensure the safety of not only the toddler or preschooler for whom the toy is intended, but also for other children who may come in contact with the toy.” The CPSC said it was also interested in “receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.”
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