Health Highlights: Feb. 24, 2017Last Updated: February 24, 2017.
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Injuries Spur Recall of More Than 500,000 Toddler Swings
Injuries to children are prompting the recall of 540,000 Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug'n Secure pink toddler swings.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, "the swings have a pink T-shaped restraint in front with a Little Tikes logo," and the swing "is suspended by four yellow ropes."
The plastic seat of the swing can crack or break, causing children to fall. According to the CPSC, "The firm has received about 140 reports of the swing breaking, including 39 injuries to children including abrasions, bruises, cuts and bumps to the head. Two of the reported injuries included children with a broken arm."
To identify if your swing is under recall, look for model number 615573 molded in the back of the swing seat, and the molded inner arrow of the date code stamp should point to "10," "11", "12" or "13".
Also swings with a date code stamp of "9" on the inner arrow combined with the number "43" or higher stamped on the outer are included in the recall. Only these date codes are affected.
The swings were sold for about $25 nationwide at Walmart, Toys "R" Us and other stores, and online at www.littletikes.com and other websites between November of 2009 and May 2014.
Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled swings immediately and contact Little Tikes toll-free at 855-284-1903 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for a full refund of credit. Consumers can also go to www.littletikes.com and click on Product Recalls under the At Your Service menu to learn more.
Over 400,000 Toy Frogs Recalled for Injury Hazard
Moose Toys says it's recalling hundreds of thousands of Little Live Pets Lil Frog toys, and Lil Frog Lily Pad toys due an injury hazard.
"The recall is due to a design defect which could cause a safety issue," the company said in a news release. "If the batteries cap is removed it can become a projectile and the chemicals can leak posing chemical and injury hazards."
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 427,000 of the toys were sold across the United States at Target, Toys "R" Us, Walmart and Amazon.com beginning in August.
"The firm has received 17 reports of the battery's cap becoming a projectile or battery chemicals leaking, including two injuries that resulted in emergency room and doctor's office visits for eye irritation from the battery chemicals," the agency noted.
Consumers should examine the products for SKU number 28217 (on Little Live Pet Lil Frog) and SKU 28218 (on Lil Frog Lily Pad). The date code range is WS112016 to WS123216, the CPSC said.
In its news release, Moose Toys says that "customers who have either of these products are asked to stop using them and arrange a return to Moose Toys," via a link at the recall.moosetoys.com website. Consumers "can still get a refund or replacement without a receipt," the company said.
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