Biggest Toy, Gear, and Clothing Recalls of 2009

This year millions of products for babies and children were recalled -- from the largest crib recall in United States history to the second-largest recall of strollers since 2000. What product topped the list? Here we are counting down the 15 biggest recalls of 2009. If you own any of these products, follow the guidelines for return or repair -- and keep this list handy if you are considering purchasing used gear, toys, or clothing for your child.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 15

    Infantino Infant Toys
    Date: March 11, 2009
    Company/brand: Infantino LLC
    The danger: The infant toys have blue metallic fabric that can detach from the toy, posing a choking hazard to young children.
    Description: This recall involves about 172,000 infant toys (plus an additional 12,000 in Canada) with the following model numbers: Infantino Lil' Chef Set 158-201 and 558-201; Infantino Activity Stacker 158-202; Infantino Tag Along Chime Trio 150-3092. The model number is located on a yellow tag on the toy.
    Sold at: Babies "R" Us, Target, Wal-Mart, Meijer, and other specialty stores from June 2007 through February 2009 for between $10 and $20.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 14

    Alpargatas Flip-Flops
    Date: March 3, 2009
    Company/brand: Alpargatas USA Inc.
    The danger: Decorative paint on the sole of the flip-flops can contain lead.
    Description: This recall involves about 210,000 Havaianas brand flip-flops containing decorative paint and sold under the following model names: Baby Estampas, Baby Pets, Kids Apple, Kids Fairy, Kids Flores, Kids Lighthouse, Kids Monsters, Kids Surf, Baby Letrinhas, Kids Sports, Kids Candies, Kids Fun, Kids Love, Kids Sereias, Kids Speed, Kids Lucky Bug, Kids Pets, Kids Rock, Kids Slim, Kids Wonder Woman, Kids Small Flowers, and Kids Tropical w/Kit. Havaianas flip-flops without decorative paint are not being recalled.
    Sold at: Department and specialty stores nationwide from November 2006 through February 2009 for about $15 to $24 a pair.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 13

    Evenflo Children's Activity Centers
    Date: February 17, 2009
    Company/brand: Evenflo Co. Inc.
    The danger: When used as an activity table, the cap on one end of the activity center can loosen and fall off, posing a fall hazard to young children.
    Description: This recall involves about 213,000 Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun stationary activity centers made between October 2006 and December 2008. The model number is 6231711. Stage 3 position involves converting the product into an activity table. No other ExerSaucer models use end caps and, therefore, no other models are included in this recall.
    Sold at: Juvenile product and mass merchandise stores nationwide, including Toys "R" Us and Burlington Baby Depot, from October 2006 through February 2009 for about $120.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 12

    Simplicity Drop Side Cribs
    Date: July 2, 2009
    Company/brand: Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc.
    The danger: The crib's plastic hardware can break or deform, causing the drop side to detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Infants and toddlers can roll into this space and become entrapped which can lead to suffocation.
    Description: This recall involves about 400,000 drop side cribs with a different or "newer" style of plastic hardware from those cribs recalled in September 2007. This newer style of Simplicity hardware can be identified by a flexible plastic tab at the top of the lower tracks. The recalled model numbers include but may not be limited to: 8050, 8325, 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8765, 8778, 8810, and 8994, 8995, and 8996.
    Sold at: Department stores, children's stores, and mass merchandisers nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for between $150 and $300.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 11

    Weight Watchers Plush Hungry Figures and Magnets
    Date: August 20, 2009
    Company/brand: Weight Watchers Intl.
    The danger: Sewing needles have been found in the stuffing of the Hungry Figures, posing a puncture hazard.
    Description: This recall involves about 420,000 in the United States and 25,000 in Canada Hungry Figures and Hungry Magnets that have orange plush exteriors. The Hungry Figure is about 6 inches long, and the Hungry Magnet is about 4 inches long.
    Sold at: Weight Watchers between April 2009 and July 2009 for between $4 and $7.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 10

    Zebco Brands Fishing Poles
    Date: March 25, 2009
    Company/brand: W.C. Bradley/Zebco Holdings Inc., doing business as Zebco Brands
    The danger: The paint on the reels of these fishing poles contains excessive levels of lead.
    Description: This recall involves about 2,700 Zebco Advanced Youth Fishing Rod & Reel combo sets. The reels are painted orange and have the words "Zebco" and "ZAVS 10" on the reel handle. Only spinning reels are involved in this recall.
    Sold at: Discount department and sporting good stores nationwide from August 2007 through December 2008 for about $35.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 9

    Evenflo Envision High Chairs
    Date: April 2, 2009
    Company/brand: Evenflo Company Inc.
    The danger: Recline fasteners and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, allowing the seatback to detach or recline unexpectedly. Children can fall out of the high chair and suffer bumps to the head, abrasions, cuts, and bruises. Detached hardware also poses a choking hazard.
    Description: This recall involves about 643,000 high chairs with model numbers: 2891321, 2891321A, 2891333, 2891351, 2891351A, 2891365, 2891375, 2891403, 2891403A, 2891466, 2891466A, 2891478, 2891536, 2891536A, 2891573, 2891586, 2892351, and 2892351A. The model number can be found on a white label on the seatback.
    Sold at: Juvenile product and mass merchandise stores nationwide, including Toys "R" Us, Babies "R" Us, Kmart, and Burlington Coat Factory from December 2002 through April 2006 for between $80 and $110.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 8

    State Farm Good Neigh Bears
    Date: March 17, 2009
    Company/brand: State Farm
    The danger: The eyes on these bears can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children.
    Description: This recall involves about 800,000 11-inch (28cm) and 18-inch (46cm) State Farm Good Neigh Bears with plastic eyes. The bears are brown and wear a white and red State Farm shirt.
    Sold at: The bears were given away free through State Farm agents and at State Farm-sponsored events from September 2005 through March 2007.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 7

    FloraCraft Educational Craft Kits
    Date: March 18, 2009
    Company/brand: FloraCraft Corp.
    The danger: The surface coating on the educational kit's wires can contain excessive levels of lead.
    Description: This recall involves about 930,000 "Solar System" and "DNA" children's educational craft kits sold under the FloraCraft and HYGLOSS brand names. The kits contain green coated wires that measure 14.5 inches long and Styrofoam shapes. The following model numbers are included in this recall: Solar System Kit SS2003, SS101, 59901, SS2003P; and DNA Kit DNA2003, 59903, and DNA2003P. The model number is located on the kit's packaging.
    Sold at: Wal-Mart, Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores, Hobby Lobby, and other retailers nationwide from January 2003 through February 2009 for between $10 and $30.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 6

    Kolcraft Playards
    Date: July 8, 2009
    Company/brand: Kolcraft Enterprises Inc.
    The danger: The play yard's side rail can fail to latch properly and when a child pushes against the rail it can unlatch unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard to children.
    Description: This recall involves about 1 million Kolcraft Travelin' Tot play yards, as well as other similar play yards manufactured for Carter's, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours, Care Bare, and Eric Carle. Click link below to see exact model numbers. Some of the units have a bassinet and/or changing table. Some models have a mobile, vibrating unit or a parent organizer. Model numbers are printed on a white sticker on one of the feet of the play yard.
    Sold at: Babies R Us, Walmart, Kmart, Sears, Target, and other stores nationwide and Internet retailers from January 2000 through January 2009 for between $50 and $160.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 5

    Maclaren Strollers
    Date: November 9, 2009
    Company/brand: Maclaren USA, Inc.
    The danger: The stroller's hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the user is unfolding/opening the stroller.
    Description: This recall involves about 1 million Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers. The word "Maclaren" is printed on the stroller. The affected models include Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno, and Easy Traveller.
    Sold at: Babies R Us, Target, and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1999 through November 2009 for between $100 and $360.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 4

    Buster Brown Clog Children's Shoes
    Date: July 21, 2009
    Company/brand: Brown Shoe Co. Inc.
    The danger: The shoe has decorative wheels that can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
    Description: This recall involves about 1.4 million (an additional 73,000 pair of shoes were previously recalled in April 2009) Buster Brown & Co. clog children's shoes with the following model or retail numbers: model CARS Clog - 83893, number AMAZON.COM 117B81; BEALLS' 3893-60; J.C. PENNEY 010-4231; MEIJER 830873, 830870; NOVUS 792794; PAYLESS SHOESOURCE 59920; RACK ROOM SHOES 422053; SEARS 89065, 49041; SHOE SHOW 442041, 346304; TARGET 93065072-80, 093060312-313, 093021564-1572; TARGET.COM 93065072-80, 093060312-313, 093021564-1572; VALUE CITY 3249364; WAL-MART STORES 9295815, 9295824, 2571648, 2571613, 2571627, 2571606, 2571620, 2571634, 2571641, 2571588, 2571599, 2571574, 2571581; model CARS Clog - 84972, number K-MART, 84972; PAYLESS SHOESOURCE, 59920, 60397, 61117; CARS Mater Clog - 84949, number AMAZON.COM, 708B21; RACK ROOM SHOES, 422061; SHOE SHOW, 344297, 346493; VALUE CITY, 3249406; model CARS Mater Fleece Clog - 93728, number WAL-MART STORES, 9812368, 2594651; model Transformers Animated Fleece Clog - 95420, number WAL-MART STORES, 9812089, 2594695, 2594658, 594665, 2594672, 2594679, 2594686; model Transformers Animated Clog - 89749, number HUMBERTO VIDAL 3428-258; PAYLESS SHOESOURCE, 65744, 66046; SHOE SHOW, 346593; model Barbie Clog - 84938, number AMAZON.COM, 208B30; VALUE CITY, 3249505; WAL-MART STORES 9295917, 2572148, 2572050, 572057, 2572064, 2572071, 2572078. These shoes are a plastic molded EVA "water" clog and are designed to resemble a car. The shoes are red, brown, blue, yellow, and pink and most shoes bear the words "CARS," "Transformers Animated," or "Barbie." "Buster Brown & Co.™" is printed on the shoe inside at the heel, on a sewn-in tag inside the fleece-lined shoe, and on the original hang tag. The model or retail number can also be found on these tags. The shoes were sold in children sizes 5 to 13 and youth sizes 1-3.
    Sold at: Major retailers nationwide, including Bealls', Famous Footwear, J.C. Penney, Meijer, Rack Room, Sears, Shoe Show, Target, and Wal-Mart from August 2007 through June 2009 for $10 to $25.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 3

    Little Tikes Children's Toy Workshop Sets
    Date: August 13, 2009
    Company/brand: Little Tikes
    The danger: The recalled workshop sets and trucks have oversized, plastic toy nails that can pose a choking hazard to young children.
    Description: This recall involves about 1.6 million Little Tikes Children's Toy Workshop Sets. The oversized, plastic toy nail is about 3 inches long by 1 inch in diameter and comes in red or blue colors. It has a large round head; about 1 inch below the head is a plastic ridge, slightly smaller than the nail head and about 1 inch in diameter. They were sold with a variety of Little Tikes Children's products. Click the link below for the UPC codes.
    Sold at: Various web sites such as www.littletikes.com and mass merchandise retailers nationwide, including Toys "R" Us, from March 1994 through June 2009 for between $25 and $100.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 2

    Stork Craft Drop-Side Cribs
    Date: November 23, 2009
    Company/brand: Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc.
    The danger: The cribs' drop-side plastic hardware can break, deform, or parts can become missing. In addition, the drop-side can be installed upside-down, which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts. All of these problems can cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners. When the drop-side detaches, it creates space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. The bodies of infants and toddlers can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to suffocation. Complete detachment of drop-sides can lead to falls from the crib.
    Description: This recall involves about 2.1 million drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada. This recall does not involve any cribs that do not have a drop-side. This recall does not involve any cribs with metal rod drop-side hardware. It involves only those cribs with plastic trigger and one-hand-system drop-side hardware. This recall includes Stork Craft cribs with manufacturing and distribution dates between January 1993 and October 2009. This recall also includes Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo that have manufacturing dates between October 1997 and December 2004. The Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo were first sold in the U.S. in July 1998 and in Canada in September 1998. The cribs were sold in various styles and finishes. The manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the firm's name, address, and contact information are located on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. The firm's insignia "storkcraft baby" or "storkling" is inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs. In Stork Craft cribs that contain the "Fisher-Price" logo, this logo can be found on the crib's teething rail, in the manufacturer's instructions, on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board, and on the end panels of the Twinkle-Twinkle and Crystal crib models.
    Sold at: Major retailers in the United States and Canada, including BJ's Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, and Wal-Mart stores and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com from January 1993 through October 2009 for between $100 and $400.

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    Biggest Recalls of 2009: Recall 1

    Inflatable Baby Floats
    Date: July 2, 2009
    Company/brand: Aqua-Leisure Industries
    The danger: The leg straps in the seat of the float can tear, causing children to unexpectedly fall into or under the water, posing a risk of drowning.
    Description: This recall involves about 4 million inflatable baby floats sold in a variety of styles and colors. The names and model numbers are located on the packaging. A date between 08/02 and 07/08 is molded on the valves of recalled products. Products not included in the recall can be identified with the lettering "NP" molded on the valve. Click the link below to see the exact models recalled.
    Sold at: Juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide, including Target, Toys "R" Us, Wal-Mart, Dollar General, Kmart, Walgreens, Ace Hardware, and Bed, Bath & Beyond from December 2002 through June 2009 for between $8 and $15.

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