15,500 children's ride on toy, Step2 X-Rider, sold nationally by Target and other retailers January through August, 2012 have been recalled due to the potential of injuries, some of which have already occurred.
According to Attorney Randall Spivey, Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys P.A. there have been reports that this ride-on toy is already being used or waiting, wrapped as a gift, for a child this holiday season here in Southwest Florida.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission press release on the recall from November 27, 2012 provides details and instructions to immediately return the Step2 X-Rider to where it was purchased for a replacement toy.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Communications Washington, D.C.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 860-1887
November 27, 2012 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
Release #13-049 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7980
Children's Riding Toy Recalled by Step2 Due to Fall Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Children's Riding Toy
Units: About 15,500
Manufacturer: The Step2 Company LLC, of Streetsboro, Ohio.
Hazard: Children who lean too far forward on the seat can go over the handle bar and hit the ground. This poses a fall hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received four reports of incidents, with one incident resulting in head bumps and one resulting in a minor concussion and cuts to the gum and lip from the child's front teeth.
Description: The recalled product is an X-Rider Car. It is a red, plastic toy scooter with a yellow handlebar and seat, and two blue stickers that simulate headlights. It is 14 inches high, 14 inches wide and 19 inches long. The middle of the handle bar contains the Step2 logo. Step2's contact information is located on the rider's left side of the car. Children use their feet to propel the toy.
Sold at: Target and other retailers from January 2012 through August 2012 for about $25.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Step2 to receive a free replacement toy.
Consumer Contact: Step2; toll-free at (866) 860-1887, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.step2.com, and click on the "View Details" link under Recall Information for more information.
The National Network for Child Care reports: "Skates, tricycles, toy trucks and cars, wagons and balls are among children's favorite playthings. But in one year, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates, there were 150,000 toy-related injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment.
Falls are the most frequent kind of accident, but many serious injuries result from children swallowing small parts or placing tiny toys in noses or ears, from exploding gas-powered toys, from flammable products, and from sharp edges.
Each year, some 5,000 new toys enter the market-place. The holiday season finds over 150,000 different kinds of toys for sale in approximately one million stores. Despite the efforts of manufacturers, retailers, safety inspectors, and others, it is impossible to examine every toy. But it is possible for parents and other relatives to check every new toy they buy and every old toy around the house for possible hazards."
Attorney Spivey wants to remind parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and anyone buying a toy for a child that there are defective and dangerous toys on retailers' and on-line ordering services' shelves as well as in thrift shops. He suggests, "It is important to become toy savvy when buying toys for children or allowing a child to play with a gift. A good guide to follow is the one provided by the Safe Kids Organization which is linked here. http://www.safekids.org/assets/docs/safety-basics/safety-tips-by-risk-area/tips-to-prevent-toy-injuries.pdf
And here is a link to suggestions from the Consumer Reports which further provides guidance on becoming a savvy toy buyer:
You may want to print out these tips and review them when shopping for toys."
One often overlooked fact is that when toys are in households with varying aged children, what may be suitable for an older child is not suitable for an infant or toddler. It's very easy for younger children to have access to inappropriate toys for their age group.
Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.