Christmas is just around the corner, and before you even begin to think of making a new wish list, let’s talk about a few hazardous and recalled toys that were released over the past 12 months. It’s a good practice to periodically check your child’s toy box for broken toys to toss out, but it’s critically important to get these dangerous toys away from your kids, and back to the store for a prompt refund as soon as possible:
1. Bruin Infant Wiggle Ball
These teething toys look like blue spheres with orange, yellow, and green rubber knobs on their surface, and they were sold at Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations nationwide. They were recalled because of multiple reports that the rubber pieces have broken off in the mouths of teething babies, making them a dangerous choking hazard. If you’ve purchased one for your child, please return it to the store immediately.
— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) October 5, 2017
2. RipStik Electric Motorized Caster Boards
Razer has received over 700 reports that the rear wheel of their motorized caster boards locked up unexpectedly, causing at least four reported injuries. The company recalled around 158,000 boards in April because the randomly locking wheel poses a serious falling hazard. These black and blue toys were sold for $180 each, and are bundled with a remote control that allows the device to cruise up to 10mph.
3. Douglas Cuddle Toys
This premium plush toy brand has recalled 25,000 Charlotte the Fox, Oliver the Bear, and Chewie the English Bulldog stuffed animals. While no one has been harmed, there were two reports that their plastic eyes pop off relatively easily, which has led to Douglas setting up the recall just to be on the safe side.
— Safe Kids Advocacy (@SKWAdvocate) May 30, 2017
The trio of toys was sold at gift shops and toy stores across America for about $20 each, and all three are easy to identify: Charlotte is a brown fox with a blue cape, Oliver is a tan bear wearing a blue shirt with his name on it, and Chewie is white and brown bulldog sporting a large patch on his chest that reads “Chewie.”
4. Little Live Pets Lil’ Frogs
Moose Toys Ltd. has recalled 417,000 of these green, blue, and pink plastic frog toys throughout the United States and Canada in February because of a critical design defect. According to the company, “If the batteries cap is removed it can become a projectile and the chemicals can leak posing chemical and injury hazards.”
There have been 17 reported cases involving these toy frogs where users have been injured by chemical leaks or from the battery being launched as a projectile. At least two patients were rushed to the emergency room to have noxious battery chemicals flushed from their eyes.
The Australian toymaker wants anyone who bought one of their frogs to stop playing with it, and to contact Moose Toys directly for a free replacement product, as well as information regarding how to return or safely dispose of their defective toy.
5. Mickey Mouse & Friends “itty bittys” Stacking Toy
This baby toy consists of a yellow base stand and four plush rattling rings that feature the faces of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck on them. The stand and Mickey ring are considered to be safe, but since there was a single report that a bow on one of the other rings easily came off, Hallmark pulled 6,000 of these Disney branded toys off the shelves in August just in case they were an actual choking hazard. Good for Hallmark for the recall — it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to toys intended for small children.
— Legal Reader (@legal_reader) September 4, 2017
If you bought one of these stacking toys, ship it back to Hallmark and the company will reimburse you with a $40 gift card.
6. Tonka 12V Ride-On Dump Truck
These mini yellow ride-on toy trucks have officially been recalled since May for a few serious design flaws: the acceleration pedal has been known to get stuck, customers complain about its short working lifespan, and parents have had to frequently order replacement parts for the $299 toy. Even worse, a 3-year-old’s Tonka Dump Truck burst into flames after the accelerator pedal stuck earlier this month in Jacksonville, Florida, but this isn’t even the first time this has happened!
A pair of loving grandparents from Washington State picked up one of these ride-on trucks for their grandson last November and the large toy caught fire in the bed of their pickup truck on the way home from the toy store! While that was the initial incident that led to the Tonka Ride-On Dump Truck getting pulled from shelves, this dandelion-colored hazard is sitting in garages all over the U.S. If you own one of these recalled toys, please contact Toys R Us to return it.