Bindeez/Aqua Dots RECALL

We saw this in the Globe and Mail this morning.  In the worst recall yet, three Australian children have been hospitalized because they ingested a drug contained in the Bindeez toy.  The drug is, or is similar to the "Date Rape Drug".  In Canada, stores do not carry a toy by the Bindeez name, but from what we have pieced together this morning, the same toy is sold as "Aquadots" in Canada, from the supplier Spinmaster.  Turtle Pond Toys has never carried this toy; however it is carried by Toys 'r Us in Canada, and they are removing it from their shelves.  So please check whether you have purchased this toy or received it as a gift  and remove it from your child.  Turtle Pond Toys has carried a toy by a similar name from Spinmaster, called "Aquadoodle".  This is a different product from the same company, and Spinmaster told us this morning that "Aquadoodle" is not affected. 

Here are some links with more information:

From CanWest News Service:

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=291b1230-9867-4f65-83ec-60eb1bed958c&k=77329

From the Globe and Mail:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071107.wchinatoy1107/BNStory/International/home

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 12:18PM by Registered CommenterTurtle Pond Toys | CommentsPost a Comment

Bumbo action in Canada

Here is the safety notice from the Canadian distributor of the Bumbo:

Bumbo Offers New Warnings and Instructions
Thank you for visiting our site for information about the safe, proper use of the Bumbo Baby Seat. We want to clarify that the recall only has to do with the safety warnings, instructions and packaging of the Bumbo Baby Seat. An independent analysis by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as Health Canada has determined that the Bumbo Baby Seat is not defective and therefore does not need to be returned and no refunds are being offered.
What we are doing is making available free downloads of updated New Instruction Leaflets, Green self-adhesive Labels and Safety Warning Stickers. Our focus is on getting the word out that to prevent falls, you should NEVER use the Bumbo Baby Seat on any elevated surface. Also, because the Bumbo Baby Seat is designed not to be totally restrictive, never leave a child unattended in their Bumbo Baby Seat. A child can get out and get hurt.
If you are among the more than one million families around the world who already own a Bumbo Baby Seat, we want to assure you that it is perfectly safe when used on a flat ground-level surface, as intended.

For more information, visit the Canadian distributor's website:  www.oyaco.com.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 11:30AM by Registered CommenterTurtle Pond Toys | CommentsPost a Comment

US Bumbo Voluntary Recall

We have received the following note from the Canadian distributor of the Bumbo:

In a nutshell, it says the Bumbo should be used on the floor.  That is common sense.  In the US, they will be affixing a label to the product to emphasize this. 

As you may have heard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of the Bumbo Baby Sitter in the United States of America.  The recall relates to reports of children falling out of the Bumbo Baby Sitter, which occurred when children fell out of chairs that had been placed on tables.
In the U.S. Market, the manufacturer has been asked to affix an additional "WARNING - Prevent Falls; Never use on any elevated surface." label to the product, replace the current Information Leaflet with one which more strongly emphasizes how to safely use the product, and to apply a sticker over the "birthday party" scene on the box.  Once, this has been done, the product can go back out on the retail floor to be sold.  For more information in terms of what is happening in the U.S. we direct you to www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub and www.bumbosafety.com
Please note, the remedy issued to consumers in the US by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is:
"Consumers should never use the infant seat on a table, countertop, chair, or other elevated surface.  Consumers can contact Bumbo to obtain new warning label    stickers and instructions, free of charge.  The new warning label will state:  'WARNING - Prevent Falls; Never use on any elevated surface.' Consumers should use the Bumbo seat at ground level, but should never leave a child unattended." 
Thus product previously purchased by consumers in the U.S. is NOT being returned to Retailers or to the Distributors.  Only product in stores, and in retailer and distributor warehouses are being stickered and once this has been done, this same product can be sold. 
In terms of Canada, the Bumbo Baby Sitter is classified as a medical device (and not a Consumer Product).  We have been in contact with Health Canada and have requested instructions.  As soon as we get Canadian specific information, we will communicate next steps, as the directions for Canada may be different from that in the U.S.
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007 at 01:25PM by Registered CommenterTurtle Pond Toys | CommentsPost a Comment

September 26 Thomas Recalls

Five Thomas wooden train items were recalled on September 26.  Here's where to find information on the recalls:

www.recalls.rc2.com

www.recalls.rcs.com/recalls_Wood_0907.html

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 11:09PM by Registered CommenterTurtle Pond Toys | CommentsPost a Comment