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Children’s Products Recalled

We posted a blog earlier this week about choosing safe toys for Christmas. Now we’d like to make you aware of three recalls that were announced this week for children’s products.

Amby Baby Motion Beds/Hammocks
On Dec. 8, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Amby Baby USA announced a recall of about 24,000 Amby Baby Motion Beds after 2 infant suffocation deaths. As a result of the side to side shifting of the hammock, babies can roll and become trapped against the hammock’s fabric or mattress pad, causing infants to be unable to breath. There is only one model of the hammock, identified by a sewn label that reads “Amby – Babies Love It, Naturally.” The hammock was sold through online retailers, as well as Ambybaby.com, from January 2003 to October 2009 for about $250. Parents are advised to stop using the hammock and to contact Amby Baby USA for a free repair kit.

Evenflo Cake Toys
Although no injuries have yet been reported, Evenflo ExerSaucers® 1-2-3 Tea for Me™ Activity Learning Centers are being recalled by the manufacturer and the CPSC because of a possible choking hazard. The candle flame that is attached to the top of the cake toy can come loose and could be swallowed by young children. The affected models are 6161834 and 6161920, with a two-tiered cake that is light blue, dark pink, and yellow. The learning centers were sold at Toys “R” Us and other children’s product stores from December 2007 to March 2009 for about $70. Parents are advised to remove the cake toy from the activity center and to contact Evenflo for a free replacement toy.

Monday the Bullfrog Plush Books
Another product that was recalled by the CPSC and Simon & Schuster Inc. for possible choking hazard is the Monday the Bullfrog Plush Books. The manufacturer has received reports of the plastic eye on the frog detaching. Monday the Bullfrog is a plush puppet bullfrog with a board book attached to the frog’s mouth that was distributed nationwide through bookstores and retailers from January 2006 to November 2009 for about $18. Consumers should take the bullfrog book out of the reach of children and contact Simon & Schuster for a free replacement product.

If you have a question about the safety of a toy that you are purchasing for Christmas, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website for the most up-to-date information on product recalls.

Have a safe and Merry Christmas!