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Attorney General Conway Urges Consumers to Consider Toy Safety this Holiday Season

Wednesday, 12 18, 2013

Daniel Kemp
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway is urging Kentucky consumers to consider toy safety information when making purchases for children this holiday season.

"Keeping our kids safe is one of my top priorities," General Conway said. "Being aware of the latest product safety measures and recall information can prevent potential injuries and possibly save lives."

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC), there were an estimated 265,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2012. Of those injured, more than 70 percent were children younger than 15 years of age.

General Conway and his Office of Consumer Protection encourage you to keep the following safety tips in mind when giving toys as gifts to children:

• Follow recommended age ranges on toy packages.
• Read instructions carefully before allowing your child to play with a toy received as a gift.
• Be aware that children age three and younger can choke on small toys and toy parts with a diameter of one and three-quarters of an inch or smaller.
• Be careful with gift bags, wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. These items can cause suffocation and choking hazards to a small child.
• Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times and they should be sized to fit.

A guide to the latest toy and product recall information is available through the Office of the Attorney General's website at ag.ky.gov and the CPSC's website at www.cpsc.gov. The following is a list of toys recently recalled this year:
 
• Jelly BeadZ Jumbo BeadZ and Magic Growing Fruity Fun Toys–Recalled on December 12, 2013 because the products can be mistaken by a child for candy. The Doodlebutt brand was sold from February 2012 through September 2013 on Amazon.com.
• Trek model year 2013 Madone bicycles–Recalled on December 12, 2013 because the bicycle's front brake can fail, posing a crash hazard. The bicycles were sold in stores nationwide from July 2012 through December 2013.
• Children's Wall-Mounted Lamps sold exclusively at IKEA–Recalled December 11, 2013 due to a strangulation hazard. The lamps were sold at IKEA stores nationwide, in IKEA's catalog and on IKEA's website from July 1999 through May 2013.
• Manhattan Toy® Quixel™ baby rattles—Recalled December 4, 2013 because the colored arches can break, creating a small part which poses a choking hazard to small children. The rattles were sold at specialty toy and baby stores nationwide from September 2011 through October 2013.
• K2 Revo Kick kickboards/scooters—Recalled December 4, 2013 because the front assembly of the kickboards/scooters can break and the handle can detach, causing loss of control or loss of balance. The kickboards/scooters were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online at K2skates.com from March 2010 through September 2013.
• Step2® Whisper Ride Touring Wagon—Recalled November 13, 2013 because the removable blue seat backs can detach and allow the child in the wagon to fall out. The wagons were sold at Toys R Us stores nationwide and on the Toys R Us website from February 2013 through August 2013.

For more information from the Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection, visit http://ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection/. You can also call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 888-432-9257.

KY KIDS ALERT INITIATIVE

In 2010, Attorney General Conway partnered with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on the KY Kids Alert program, a statewide initiative created to educate Kentucky parents and childcare providers about the importance of child product recall information. The program also helps ensure that childcare facilities across the Commonwealth receive these potentially lifesaving notices.

Nearly 3,000 Kentucky childcare centers and certified family childcare homes now receive child product recall alerts because of the KY Kids Alert program. Additionally, thousands of KY Kids Alert bookmarks have been distributed to local health departments, childcare trainers, childcare facility inspectors, school resource centers and local public libraries in Kentucky.