CPSC and Maxim Enterprise Inc. Announce Recall of 12,000 Mini Learning Cube Toy Sold at Target for Choking Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Maxim Enterprise Inc. of Lakeville, Massachusetts, have announced the recall of some 12,000 Little Tree Mini Learning Cubes because small wooden pegs in the top corners of the toy can come loose thereby posing a choking hazard to young children.

Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately.

The toys were manufactured in China and sold at Target stores nationwide from June 2005 through November 2005 for about $15.

Target has received three reports of incidents including two reports of children mouthing pieces of the learning cube. In one incident, an 18-month old girl swallowed a piece of the recalled learning cube after one side came loose. The piece became stuck and she had to have it removed in a hospital emergency room.

In a second incident, a child started choking when she put two of the toy’s wooden pegs in her mouth. In the third incident, a consumer reported the wooden pegs popped out of the learning cube. No injuries were reported in that incident.

The recalled learning cube is an 8-inch square wooden box with a different activity on each side, including an abacus, blocks with apples and bananas, shapes that can be moved in a zigzag cutout, and a blackboard. The wooden cover has spiral bead maze with wooden beads that slide up, down and around.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled cube away from young children and return it to Target for a $15 gift card plus applicable state tax.

For more information, consumers should contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit Target’s Web site at www.target.com.

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