The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced two recalls of horse toys due to strangulation hazards. The CPSC notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Big Ideas Marketing Horse-on-a-Stick Toys
About 8,800 Horse-on-a-Stick toys, which were manufactured in China and imported by Big Ideas Marketing, of Owings Mills, Maryland, have been recalled because the reins on the Horse-on-a-Stick toyâ€™s bridle are long enough to form a loop around a childâ€™s head and neck, posing a strangulation hazard to young children. To date, the CPSC has received one report of a near strangulation involving a two-year-old boy who became entangled in the reins at his neck. The boyâ€™s mother freed him without injury.
This recall involves Horse-on-a-Stick toys with a bridle and reins. The toys are filled with polyester fiber and have a fluffy mane. The horseâ€™s ears are embroidered with the words â€œPRESS HEREâ€ in red. The horse makes neighing and galloping sounds when the ears are pressed. The recalled Horse-on-a-Stick toys were sold at Loveâ€™s Travel Stop and Country stores nationwide from May 2010 through July 2010 for about $6.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove or cut the reins to eliminate the hazard. Consumers also can contact Big Ideas Marketing for instructions on how to remove the reins. Big Ideas Marketing can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.908.8697 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firmâ€™s website at www.bigideasmarketing.com.
Rocking Horse Depot Rocking Horses
Rocking Horse Depot is recalling about 1,200 Rocking Horses, which were manufactured in Poland and imported by Rocking Horse Depot, of Buckeye, Arizona, because the reins on the Rocking Horsesâ€™ bridles are long enough to form a loop around a childâ€™s head and neck, posing a strangulation hazard to young children. To date, CPSC has received one report of a near strangulation incident involving a 21-month old girl who became entangled in the reins at her neck. The girlâ€™s parents freed her without injury.
This recall involves Rocking Horse Depotâ€™s small, medium and large Rocking Horses with bridles. The Rocking Horse has a hardwood frame and is covered with synthetic hide. Each Rocking Horse has a fluffy mane and tail and a leather Rocking Horse Depot emblem on the right side of the saddle. The recalled Rocking Horse toys were sold at RockingHorseDepot.com from November 2006 through December 2009 for between $105 and $185.
Consumers should immediately remove or cut the reins to eliminate the hazard. Consumers can also contact Rocking Horse Depot for instructions on how to remove the reins. Rocking Horse Depot can be called collect at 1.623.302.6313 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firmâ€™s website at www.rockinghorsedepot.com.