What to do if your child's toy is recalled

By Jennie Bragg, CNN producer


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Toy manufacturer Fisher-Price announced the recall of over 10 million children's products and toys on Thursday.

This type of recall is frightening, especially if you are a parent scouring your home for items on the list.

So, what should you do if you own one of the recalled products? And where can you find out about future recalls?

So, my child's toy has been recalled ...

If your child owns one of the Fisher-Price toys that has been recalled, or any other toy that is on the recall list, stop using the product and find out what the company is doing to remedy the situation.

Seven million tricycles were recalled by Fisher-Price because of a protruding key part. "The recommendation from the Consumer Product Safety Commission is take this product away from children and contact Fisher Price," says Don Mays, Director of Product Safety for Consumer's Union. "Fisher Price will supply a new key that is less hazardous."

Other recalls include an infant activity center and rampway toy cars. Both toys are meant for young children and include parts that can detach and pose a choking hazard.

"The best way to test the choking hazard of any toy, or any product you have in your home, is to use a tube of toilet paper," explains Don Mays. "If the product actually falls through that tube, it has the potential of choking a child ages 3 or less."

Where can I find out about recalls?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of products that we buy every day.

If you are worried that something you own has been recalled, head to http://www.cpsc.gov.

The CPSC site allows you to search over 4,500 product recalls and recall alerts.

If your product has been recalled, stop using it and follow the specific guidance on the CSPC's recall page.

The recall announcement will also provide a toll-free number for the manufacturer of the product.

"The CPSC is doing the right thing to announce these recalls, to get that information out to consumers so kids don't get hurt," says Mays. "There is increased scrutiny. There are new laws to make sure that toys are tested and meet safety standards before they come to the market."

To file a complaint about an unsafe product or report an injury, fill out the form on the CSPC website or call 1-800-638-2772.

Talkback: Have you owned a product that was recalled? To top of page

Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Overnight Avg Rate Latest Change Last Week
30 yr fixed4.07%4.28%
15 yr fixed3.18%3.26%
5/1 ARM3.36%3.43%
30 yr refi4.05%4.21%
15 yr refi3.17%3.18%
Rate data provided
by Bankrate.com
View rates in your area
 
Find personalized rates:
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,098.45 18.88 0.11%
Nasdaq 4,580.27 22.58 0.50%
S&P 500 2,003.37 6.63 0.33%
Treasuries 2.34 0.01 0.39%
Data as of 3:48am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 16.09 0.08 0.50%
Apple Inc 102.50 0.25 0.24%
Intel Corp 34.92 0.27 0.78%
Facebook Inc 74.82 0.96 1.31%
General Electric Co 25.98 -0.03 -0.12%
Data as of Aug 29

Sections

The deal would value Vice at $2.5 billion. The online media company would also create content for the cable network, delivering a wider audience. More

Gas prices are falling to nearly $3 a gallon in some parts of South Carolina, and that will soon be common in much of the country. More

Netflix told the FCC that its speed on the Comcast network became so slow that customers began dropping their service. More

The Coolest Cooler is the most successful Kickstarter campaign in the site's history, raising $13.3 million from over 62,000 backers. More

Five CNNMoney readers share stories about saving that you can learn from: What they would do differently if they had another chance. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.