Little Tikes gets massive toy recall for the second time

by James

When I saw this story I thought … well duh! A recall has been issued for nearly 2 million Little Tikes Workshops and Tool Sets by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today. The recall revolves around oversized plastic toys nails in the set that can pose as a choking hazard for children. But what’s troubling is that this recall was issued once before for the same problem.

The current recall is over oversized, plastic toy nails that are red or blue in color and about 3 1/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inch in diameter and affect 11 additional models of the Little Tikes Workshop. The models were sold between 1990 and 2004, for about $20-100. Model numbers include 4491 (Workshop), 4601 (Deluxe Workshop) 0827 (Carry Along Workshop), 4765 (Revv ‘n Roar Mechanics Workshop), 0627 (Carry Along Tool Caddy),
4174 (Home Center Workshop), 4789 (Workbench) , 4071 (Little Tikes Workshop), 0014 (Kohl’s Workshop Tool Set), 4497 (Menard’s Home Center Workshop), and 4201 (Action Power Workshop).

The red and blue nails have two ridges and a split point which is designed to fit snugly into the holes the child would pound into. But prior to 2009, there were several incidents where children swallowed the nails prompting a trip to the hospital. There’s not word as to why these 11 additional sets weren’t included in the recall of 1.6 million sets in 2009, but parents are encouraged to take the toys away from children and contact Little Tikes immediately for a replacement set of redesigned nails. Little Tikes can be reached at (800) 321-0183, with hours between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or by visiting the company’s website.

Hat Tip – USCPSC

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