In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, three infant ALEX Jr. building sets are being recalled because small parts of the plastic pieces inside the Baby Builder, First Pops, and First Snaps jars can detach and become lodged in a baby's throat. Although thankfully no injuries have been reported, the CPSC is aware of 22 incidents of pieces of the play sets actually breaking off.
And although the 91,000 colorful sets involved in this recall were made before November 2010, you may have purchased them at Barnes & Noble, Land of Nod, or Zulily.com as recently as June of this year. The twistable toys, sold in stackable plastic jars, retailed for between $18 and $28, and were sold with 14 and 26 pieces.
Visit the CPSC's site to see a full list of the batch codes affected.
Consumers who purchased one of the recalled sets, made for babies 6 months and older, are urged to stop allowing children to play with them immediately. You can call ALEX Toys at 844-310-6691 or check the recall information on the company's website to learn how to get your prepaid shipping envelope to return the items for a full refund.
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