The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm Fisher-Price, have issued a voluntary recall of Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles.
Consumers are advised to stop using recalled products immediately. Also, it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product, CPSC warns.
The recall is for about 7 million units sold in the United States and 150,000 in Canada. These are manufactured by Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y.
The recall statement issued Thursday (Sept. 30) says that a child can strike, sit or fall on the protruding plastic ignition key resulting in serious injury, including genital bleeding.
It further says that CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 10 reports of incidents resulting in injury. Six of the incidents required medical attention after young girls, ages two to three years old, fell against or on the protruding disc-shaped and D-shaped pretend key.
This recall involves the products that have either a disc-shaped or D-shaped pretend key. The model numbers are located under the seat in the storage compartment.
The trikes are intended for children 2 to 5 years of age. The pretend keys are located about 3 inches in front of the seat and protrude at least 5/8 inches above the trike’s body.
The trikes manufactured after June 16, 2010 are not included in this recall. These trikes have a modified key in a flattened D shape and a manufacturer run number higher than 1670Q2. The run number indicates the trike was manufactured on the 167th day of 2010 or on June 16, 2010. The run number is found under the seat below the model number.
Manufactured in Mexico, these products were sold at mass merchandise stores from January 1997 through September 2010 for about $25.
Consumers are advised to place the trikes out of children’s reach and contact Fisher-Price for a free replacement key.
You can contact Fisher-Price at (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.
CPSC says it is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.
For this, you can go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.