There’s a brand new recall out today, and since most of my readers have young children or grandchildren, I want to make sure you are aware of it! Infantino is recalling 191,000 units–this cute little monkey poses a choking hazard. Here are all the details from the Consumer Protection Safety Comission:
This recall involves the Go Gaga Squeeze & Teethe Coco the Monkey teething toys. Target stores nationwide and online from December 2012 through January 2014 for about $13. This squeaking toy is made of soft orange rubber and is shaped like a monkey. The toy measures 4.5 inches tall by 5 inches long and is intended for ages newborn and up. “Infantino” is marked on the back toward the rear and model number 206-647 is marked on the inside of the rear left leg. The firm has received seven reports of infants choking or gagging on the monkey’s tail. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled products away from infants and contact Infantino to receive a free replacement toy. Infantino toll-free at (888) 808-3111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at http://www.infantino.com/ and click on Recall Information on the home page.
Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped, but is refusing to recall seven other infant seat models, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall notice shows.
The buckles may not unlatch, making it difficult to remove the child from the seat. That increases the risk of injury in a crash, fire, or other emergency when a speedy exit from the vehicle is required.
“NHTSA’s investigation will remain open pending its evaluation of the Graco recall and until the Agency’s consideration of the review of the 7 remaining seat models is completed,” the agency said in a statement.
That means the agency and company will continue to negotiate whether a recall is warranted for the Snugride infant seats, a disagreement that could wind up in court if it proves contentious.
In an emailed statement, Graco said it “identified that food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position.” It emphasized that the infant seats were not included in the recall but did not say why.
Graco said is is offering an improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost.
“Graco would like to stress this does not in any way affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain the child,” the company said in the statement.
The child seat recall covers 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013.