Little Tikes recalls 1.6 million toys

Recall is due to a potential choking hazard from plastic nails included in Workshop sets and Trucks products.

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1.6 million Little Tikes Workshop Sets and Trucks are being recalled due to plastic nails that pose a choking hazard.
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Little Tikes Co. is recalling about 1.6 million toys because of a choking hazard, a government agency said Thursday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of Little Tikes Workshop Sets and Trucks after it received a report that an 11-month-old boy was hospitalized after getting a plastic nail lodged in his throat.

The boy made a full recovery, the release said.

Little Tikes, based in Hudson, Ohio, said the plastic nail is about 3-1/4 inches long by 1-1/4 inch in diameter and comes in red or blue colors.

The plastic nails were sold with a variety of Little Tikes children's products, and the recall includes the Electronic Project Workshop; Little HandiWorker Workhorse; Home Improvements 2-Sided Workshop; Swirlin' Sawdust Workshop; and Black Pickup Truck with Tools.

In a prepared statement, Little Tikes general manager Tom Richmond noted the toys are intended for children 2 years and older.

"We realize Little Tikes toys are actively played with in homes where younger siblings reside," Richmond said. "We must ... ensure the safety of not only [the child] for whom the toy is intended, but also other children who may come in contact with the toy."

Consumers should immediately remove the nails and contact the company for instructions on how to obtain free replacement parts "designed to fit and work in the existing workshop sets and trucks and be safe," Little Tikes said in the statement.

The affected toys were sold at retailers nationwide and online, from March 1994 through June 2009, for between $25 and $100. The products were manufactured in the U.S. and China.

Customers can call Little Tikes at 800-791-2737 or visit www.littletikes.com for more information about model numbers and UPC codes of the affected products. To top of page

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