NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Last week was not a good one for children’s toys, as a manufacturer in Massachusetts issued two recalls of children’s scooters and trikes.
First up is the Disney Princess Plastic Trike, which is manufactured by Kiddieland Toys Limited of Scituate, Mass. One look at the trike should make it obvious why the recall was issued: The princesses and pointy spires affixed to the top of the handlebars pose a clear laceration hazard to any child who should fall on them. That, unfortunately, is exactly what happened, with reports of three children suffering from facial lacerations after falling onto the trike.
In response, the company has recalled more than 9,000 trikes, which were sold at Target, JCPenney, Meijer and H.E.B. starting in June 2009. If you’ve purchased one of these trikes you can call Kiddieland at 800-430-5307 to get replacement handlebars, which replaces the pointy princesses with an encased rotating display.
The same day, Kiddieland also issued a recall of its line of Lights and Sounds Racing Scooters. There are three models of the scooter: a pink girls’ scooter, a Thomas the Tank Engine scooter and a Spider-Man scooter. Unfortunately all three are equally hazardous to children, as it’s been discovered that children can get their finger caught in the hinge between the steering column and the platform. Two children have sustained injuries from the hinge – both requiring stitches – and in response the company is recalling 16,000 of the toys, which were sold at JCPenney and Toys R Us starting in January 2009. If you have one of the scooters, you can contact Kiddieland via the same hotline to get a free repair kit.
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