Activity center choke hazard recall

On March 3, 2011 the ParentsĀ® Busy Time Activity CenterTM has been jointly recalled with Manhattan Toy, Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC).

This recall involves a wooden activity center that has a multi-coloured bead run on the top. Activities on each side include a 4-tone xylophone and rasp, butterfly and caterpillar spinners, zig-zag drum, castanets, and pockets with "alligator", "bear", and "cat" pillow characters. The recalled toy has date code 400090GC, model number 400090 and UPC 011964447640. The date code can be found on the bottom of the product packaging near the UPC code and on the sewn-in label attached to the bear character.

Activity centers with orange plastic pegs are not included in this recall. Only activity centers with wooden pegs with date code 400090GC are involved in this recall.

What is the danger?

Wooden pegs on xylophone activity can come loose, posing a choking hazard to children.

The US CPSC and Manhattan Toy have received one reported incident of a child putting a peg in his mouth.

In Canada, Manhattan Toy has received one reported incident in which a mother noticed the pegs came off. No injuries were reported.

At the time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these toys.

What should I do?

You should immediately take the toy away from young children and return it to the store where purchased for a refund or exchange for another toy. You may also contact Manhattan Toy for instructions on receiving a replacement item or a full refund.

For more information, you may contact Manhattan Toy toll-free at 1-800-541-1345 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday or visit the Manhattan Toy website.

How many were sold and where?

An estimated 100 of the recalled products were sold in Canada at specialty and gift stores nationwide, and through mail order catalogues and online sales. In the United States, approximately 300 of the recalled products were distributed.

The recalled products were sold from December 2010 to February 2011 in Canada and the United States.

These activity centers were manufactured in China by Manhattan Group LLC of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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