A massive toy recall of over 17 million Little TikesÂ® Workshop and Tool Sets are being recalled. This is an expansion of a prior recall of 1.6 million toy workshop sets and trucks constructed with the same defective oversized, plastic toy nails.
The recalled Little TikesÂ® Workshop and Tool Setsâ€™ oversized, plastic toy nails can pose a choking hazard to young children. To date, the firm has reported two additional incidents, occurring prior to the August 2009 recall, of children who choked when the toy nail became lodged in their throats. Both children were treated in a hospital, making a full recovery.
In the prior recall, the firm received one report of an 11-month old boy from Goose Creek, South Carolina, who choked when the toy nail become forcefully lodged in his throat. That child was also hospitalized and also made a full recovery.
The defective Little TikesÂ® Workshop and Tool Sets were manufactured in the United States and China by Little Tikes, of Hudson, Ohio and were sold by mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1990 through 2004 for between $25 and $100.
This recall involves the toy nails sold as part of the following 11 additional models of Little TikesÂ® Workshop and tool sets. The toy nails are oversized, plastic, and measure about 3 1/4 inches in length by 1 1/4 inch in diameter and are either red or blue and have a large round head. There is a plastic ridge below the nail head that is slightly smaller than the nail head and is approximately 1 inch in diameter. The model number may be found on some of the products:
â€¢ Workshop: Model 4491, sold: 1994 â€“ 1995.
â€¢ Deluxe Workshop: Model 4601, sold: 1996 â€“ 1999.
â€¢ Carry Along Workshop: Model 0827, sold: 1997-1998.
â€¢ Revv ‘n Roar Mechanics Workshop: Model 4765, sold: 1997 â€“ 1999.
â€¢ Carry Along Tool Caddy: Model 0627, sold 1996 â€“ 2002.
â€¢ Home Center Workshop: Model 4174, sold 2001-2002.
â€¢ Workbench: Model 4789, sold: 1997-1998
â€¢ Little Tykes Workshop: Model 4071, sold 1990-1994.
â€¢ Kohlâ€™s Workshop Tool Set: Model 0014, sold: 2000.
â€¢ Menardâ€™s Home Center Workshop: Model 4497, sold: 2003-2004.
â€¢ Action Power Workshop: Model 4201, sold 2002-2004.
The firm is advising consumers to take the toy nails away from young children and contact the firm for free replacement toy nails. Little Tikes can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.321.0183 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at the firmâ€™s website at www.littletikes.com.
The original recall notice, from August 2009, can be accessed here.