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210,000 Toy Wagons Recalled Due to Laceration Hazard

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) in conjunction with toy company Fisher-Price of East Aurora, New York, have announced the voluntary recall of 208,000 (in US) and 2,800 (in Canada) Little People® Builders’ Load ‘n Go Wagons.

The reason for this recall is the handle at the back of the wagon has a “molded-in” reinforcement which makes the handle stiff and can be a laceration hazard if a child falls on the handle. There have been seven reports of children being injured while playing with this toy wagon, and stitches or the use of surgical glue have been required in several of the cases.

The wagons were manufactured in Mexico and sold at mass merchandise retail stores throughout the U.S. and Canada for approximately $25 from June 2009 through the July 2011. The model number of the Fisher-Price Little People® Builders’ Load n’ Go toy wagon being recalled is P8977.

Consumers are advised not to allow their children to play with or use the wagons, and to contact Fisher-Price at their toll-free number 1(800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.service.mattel.com to obtain a free repair kit. To view a photo of the toy wagon being recalled, go to the CPSC website: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11287.html

As always, consumers are also advised that it is illegal to re-sell or attempt to re-sell a recalled consumer product. The extent and reason for this recall surely begs the question, why is it not illegal to market products which appear not to have been tested sufficiently for the safest use by children?