The arrival of summer means more outdoor activities for the whole family. As backyard play equipment, grills, and lawn care tools come out, it’s a good time to give them a safety check. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) urges consumers to stop using products that have been recalled due to safety concerns.
Here are some recently recalled summertime products that you may have around your home:
1. Playsafe Dartmouth Swing Set: About 5,500 units were manufactured in China and imported by Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wis.
Hazard: The sling-style swing seats can crack or split prematurely, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Pacific Cycle has received five reports of the sling-style swing seats breaking during use, including reports of minor injuries involving bruises and scrapes.
Description: This recall involves Playsafe’s Dartmouth Swing Set, model number 22-PS340, with date codes FSD0115AA and FSD0315AA. The model number and date code can be found in the owner’s manual. The swing set has six metal legs and includes two swings with yellow plastic sling-style seats, a yellow plastic sliding board, a two-person glider with yellow plastic seats, yellow plastic trapeze hanging rings and a four-person lawn swing with yellow plastic seats and footboard.
Sold exclusively at: Toys R Us stores nationwide from January 2011 through May 2011 for about $270.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the sling-style swing seats, remove the seats from the swing set and contact Pacific Cycle to obtain free replacement seats. For additional information, contact Pacific Cycle toll-free at (877) 564-2261 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.pacific-cycle.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Disney Fairies Plastic Racing Trikes: About 12,000 units were manufactured in China by Kiddieland Toys Limited, of Scituate, Mass. Note: Disney licensed their brand name to Kiddieland. (9,000 Disney Princess Trikes were recalled in April 2011 — new model Princess Trikes do not have figurines and are not included in the recall.)
Hazard: The plastic fairy figures protrude from the top of the handle bar posing a laceration hazard if a child falls on them.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Kiddieland have received one report of a 3-year-old girl from Ohio who suffered a facial laceration near her right eye.
Description: This recall involves the Disney-branded Fairies Plastic Racing Trike. The trike is green and purple with a white seat and yellow wheels. On top of the handlebar, there is a Tinkerbell figure and three other rotating fairy figures. “Disney Fairies” is printed on the label in front of the trike just below the handlebar.
Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from July 2009 through December 2009 for about $50.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the trikes away from children and contact Kiddieland for a free replacement handlebar with an enclosed rotating display. For additional information, contact Kiddieland at (800) 430-5307 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.kiddieland.com.hk.