Is The 43cc Scooter Mentioned InThe CPSC Releases?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is launching a new safety campaign to get dangerous toys out of people's homes. Despite recall notices and public warnings, CPSC has found that many products with the potential to seriously injure or kill are still being used by consumers. CPSC is releasing a list of dangerous recalled toys -- encompassing a total of nearly 50,000,000 product units -- that might still be in people's homes. Parents can use the list to check for recalled toys before they bring new toys into their homes over the holidays.
"We can get recalled toys off store shelves," said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown, "but the more difficult task is to get recalled toys out of people's homes. Before you check off your holiday toy buying list, use our "Dangerous Dozen" list to check recalled toys that might still be lurking in your child's toy chest."
In addition, CPSC is teaming up with American International Group (AIG) to launch a TV public service announcement (PSA) on toy safety. The announcement can be seen here in "streaming video" format. A transcript of the video is available. The PSA, which began airing this month, features singer/songwriter Tom Paxton who wrote the well-known children's song, "The Marvelous Toy." Mr. Paxton said, "As a parent and grandparent, I urge other parents to make sure they read the age label and get the right safe toy for the right age child."
Today, CPSC is issuing its list of hazardous toys recalled in the past year. Parents can use the list to do a holiday safety check-up of their homes. Parents can get the list by going to the CPSC website, www.cpsc.gov, or calling toll free, 1-800-638-2772. This list identifies recalled toys that are off store shelves but may still be lurking in toy boxes or closets.
Recalled Toys that May Still be in Consumers' Homes
"Pokemon Balls" (25 million) distributed in Burger King kids meals in November and December, 1999, may pose a suffocation hazard to children under 3 years of age if either half of the ball gets stuck on the child's face, covering the nose and mouth. A 13-month-old girl and a 4- month-old boy reportedly suffocated when one-half of a Pokemon ball covered the nose and mouth. In addition, CPSC is aware of several non- suffocation incidents. Take the "Pokemon Balls" (including the clip) away from children under the age of 3 years and discard the ball or return both halves to a Burger King restaurant for a free small order of french fries.
"KFC Tangled Treeples Toy" (425,000) distributed in KFC kids meals in June and July, 2000. The container can fit over a child's nose and mouth, posing a suffocation hazard to children under 3 years of age. A 19-month-old girl reportedly had the Tangled Treeples container stuck over her face, causing her distress. When her mother removed the container, there was a red mark left on the child's face. Discard the container or return it to any KFC restaurant for an individual-sized side item, such as macaroni and cheese.
"Fazoli's Pasta Pals" (310,000) distributed in Fazoli's kids meals from January to August, 2000. The container can fit over a child's nose and mouth, which could pose a suffocation hazard to children under 3 years of age. Fazoli's received one report of a child putting the container over his mouth. Discard the container or return it to any Fazoli's restaurant for a free Italian Lemon Ice.
Scooters: "Kent Kickin' Mini-Scooters" (90,000) sold from May 2000 through September 2000 and "Kash 'n Gold Racer X20 Scooters" (7,500) sold from August 2000 through September 2000. The Kent scooter handles can unexpectedly come out of the steering column, causing the rider to lose control, fall, and suffer injuries. Four children have suffered injuries, including broken arms, bruises, abrasions, and a cracked tooth. Call Kent at (800) 451-5368 for a replacement handlebar. The Kash 'N Gold scooter has a plastic "T" joint between the handlebars that can break, causing the rider to lose control, fall, and suffer injuries. Two children suffered injuries. Return the Kash scooter to the store for a refund or a new scooter with a metal "T" joint.
Mark Harris contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.the-scooters-report.com.
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