Playskool Tool Bench Toys Recalled after Two Deaths

On September 22, 2006, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Playskool announced a voluntary recall of approximately 255,000 Team Talkin’ Tool Bench toys after receiving reports that two young children choked and suffocated on the oversized, plastic toy nails that are sold with the toy benches.

A 19-month-old boy from West Virginia and a 2-year-old boy from Texas suffocated when the toy nails became forcefully lodged in their throats. The toy benches were intended for children age 3 and older, but Playskool recalled the products as a precautionary measure to avoid future incidents.

The recall affects the Team Talkin’ Tool Bench, a 20-inch plastic toy tool bench that includes an animated red toy saw, a yellow toy drill, a blue toy vice, a toy hammer, screwdriver, two plastic screws, two plastic nails, and pieces to build a small toy plane.

The toy tool benches were sold at Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Target, KB Toys, and other retailers nationwide from October 2005 through September 2006.

Consumers are advised to immediately remove the two toy nails from the reach of children and contact Playskool at 800-509-9554 to receive information about returning the nails and obtaining a gift certificate.

Sources:

  1. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06266.html