The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced two children’s product recalls, one for mini cars and, another, for child carriers.
Liberty Mountain: VAUDE Kenta Child Carriers
Liberty Mountain just issued a recall for VAUDE Kenta Child Carriers due to fall hazard. The carrier’s side strap seam can unravel and cause the strap to separate, posing a fall hazard to the child in the carrier. To date, VAUDE has received two reports of the side strap separating. No injuries have been reported.
About 300 Kenta and Kenta Plus Child Carriers are being recalled in the United States; another 100 are being recalled in Canada. The defective child carriers were manufactured by VAUDE Sport GmbH & Company KG, of Germany; imported by Liberty Mountain, of Salt Lake City, Utah; and sold at outdoor camping and climbing stores, nationwide, from January 2010 through May 2012 for about $150 for the Kenta and $170 for the Kenta Plus models.
This recall involves backpack-style child carriers sold under the Kenta and Kenta Plus model name. “VAUDE” is printed on the back and between the shoulder straps of the carrier; “Kenta” or “Kenta Plus” is printed on the lower back or hip belt. The carriers were sold in black, red, and brown and designed for children who weigh up to 31 pounds.
The firm advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Kenta and Kenta Plus Child Carriers and return the product to an authorized VAUDE dealer for a replacement. Consumers can contact Liberty Mountain to locate an authorized VAUDE dealer. Liberty Mountain can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.366.2666, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time (MT), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s websites at www.vaude.com or www.libertymountain.com.
Green Toys Mini Vehicles
About 50,000 Green Toys™ Mini Vehicles are being recalled in the United States; 2,500 are being recalled in Canada. The wheels and hubcaps on the defective Green Toys Mini Vehicles can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. To date, Green Toys has received 10 reports of wheels and hubcaps detaching or loosening from the vehicles. There have been no reports of injuries.
The recalled Green Toys Mini Vehicles were manufactured in the United States by Green Toys Inc., of Mill Valley, California and sold by mass merchandisers, grocery stores, independent toy, and specialty stores, nationwide and by online retailers, from April 2012 to June 2012. The cars cost about $5 each or $18 for the set.
The recalled Green Toys Mini Vehicles are made of plastic and are available in yellow, green, red, white, and blue. Model names and numbers for the seven recalled vehicles or sets follow. For Mini Vehicle (MVHA – 1014) and Fastback (MVFA-1022) sets, the model numbers can be found on the bottom of the toys’ packaging. For all other cars, a label with the model number can be found on the bottom of the car itself
- Mini Vehicle Set: Model number MVHA-1014
- Mini Ambulance: Model number MAMW-1015
- Mini Vehicle Assortment: Model number MVSA-1016
- Mini Red Fastback: Model number MFBR-1018
- Mini Police Car: Model number MPCB-1020
- Mini Taxi: Model number MTXY-1021
- Mini Fastback Set: Model number MVFA-1022
The recalled Mini Vehicles were manufactured from March 2012 through June 2012; the manufacturing date is represented by a circle with an arrow in the middle and is imprinted on the underside of the front of the car. To the left and right of the arrow are numbers representing the year; the arrow itself points to the number that represents the month. Cars with an “I” etched into the underside of the car next to the date stamp are not part of the recall.
Green Toys advises consumers to take the recalled Mini Cars away from children, immediately, and contact Green Toys Inc. to receive a full refund. Green Toys can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.973.3421 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.. Pacific Time (PT), Monday through Friday, or at firm’s website at www.greentoys.com/recall.