Big Recalls for Kids’ Toys, Clothes & More

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Children’s toys, clothes and jewelry are being recalled on concerns that serious injuries could be caused by the faulty products.

Dangerous Toys

About 2.5 million Push Around and Whisper Ride Buggies made by Step2 Company, of Streetsboro, Ohio, are being pulled off the market following 28 reports of handles detaching. Two of the incidents required medical treatment and 26 caused minor scrapes and scratches.  The buggies are toy cars with handles that kids sit in and adults can push.

The handle used to push the buggy can detach when a pin loosens, posing a risk of serious injury to young kids, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recalled buggies have been sold since August 1999 in several colors at various retailers for $29 to $59. Consumers can get a free repair kit from Step2. For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

Older kids who play with certain remote-controlled toys could be at risk as well.

About 46,000 remote-controlled helicopters called Fly Dragonfly or Queen Bee pose a fire and burn hazard due to rechargeable batteries that can overheat and cause the helicopter to catch fire, the CPSC reports.

The toys were distributed by Imagine Nation Books and Books Are Fun, who received 49 reports that the helicopters overheated. In six cases, flames erupted, and there was one report of related property damage, the agency says.

The helicopters were sold at school book and gift fairs, offices and hospitals nationwide for around $38 between August 2009 and January 2010. Consumers can get a full refund from the distributor. For more information visit cpsc.gov.

Hazardous Clothing and Accessories

About 24,000 kids’ pullover hooded sweatshirts are being recalled by Junk Food Clothing due to a strangulation hazard posed by drawstrings at the neck of the garments. The sweatshirts were sold by department stores and other retailers from June 2006 to August 2009 for about $35. Parents are urged to remove the drawstring to eliminate the hazard.

Tommy Hilfiger children’s hooded sweatshirts are being recalled as well, but not because of the all-too-common drawstring strangulation hazard. These could actually catch fire too easily, according to the CPSC, and they don’t meet federal flammability standards.

About 1,700 garments are being recalled. They were sold in kids’ sizes 4 to 16 at Macy’s (Stock Quote: M) Herald Square, at Tommy Hilfiger stores and at Tommy.com last August through January for $50 to $70.

Consumers who bought the recalled sweatshirts can get a full refund from the company. For more information visit cpsc.gov.

Separately, denim shorts from Children’s Place could pose a choking hazard because metal snaps can detach and wind up in the mouths of small children.

No injuries have been reported, but parents are urged to take the garments away from children and can get a full refund. For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

Metal charm bracelet sets for best friends sold at Claire's Boutiques could contain hazardous levels of toxic cadmium. The sets were sold at Claire’s stores from February 2009 to January 2010 for approximately $12, according to the CPSC. Cadmium has been used instead of lead on some products, but it’s actually more toxic.

Consumers are advised to take the jewelry away from children and can receive a replacement item or a full refund. For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

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