Baby Product Recalls: Week of February 18th-February 22nd

Brown and Black EVO Baby Stroller

Well, winter’s back. Depending upon where you live, you may still be digging out from several inches of snow, or even multiple feet of the sloppy white stuff. If you do live in a chilly part of the country, we hope you’re all warm and cozy. (If not, allow us to be jealous for a moment. OK, it passed. Much better.) Regardless of the weather, your Mom365 product recalls report marches on. This week we give you the lowdown on a stroller and some potentially problematic magnets.

Do you have an EVO stroller? If so, look under the seat for a white sticker to check for one of these model numbers:

MT12-03, MT12-11, MT12-14, MT12-31, MT12-34, MT12-37, MT12-39, MT12-42, MT12-43, MT12-48

What’s the issue? Quoth the CPSC: “The opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck, posing a strangulation hazard to young children when a child is not harnessed.” This is, of course, not good. So far no injuries have been reported. Anyone who has one of the affected items should contact Mutsy USA for a new seat unit and grab bar. Call toll-free at (877) 546-9230, send an e-mail to usa@mutsy.nl, or visit their web site and download the recall form.

Next: have you seen those fun little magnetic balls that stick together in all sorts of intriguing ways? The reason they stick together so well is because the magnets are fairly powerful. Powerful enough to stick together even if they are, say, inside the human body. If more than one magnetic ball is swallowed, this can lead to serious medical problems. Although the CPSC has not received any reports of incidents involving the two products we will tell you about this week, they have received “80 reports of incidents involving ingestion of other high powered magnets, resulting in 79 reports seeking medical intervention.” So if you own any brand of little magnetic ball toys, keep them away from little kids who like to put things in their mouths. More specifically, if you own Magnet Balls or Nanospheres, here is some info about how to get a refund.

Magnet Balls® Manipulative Magnet Sets: these were sold exclusive at Amazon.com for approximately $20, according to the CPSC. There were two varieties — Original (silver) and Rainbow Bright (multi-colored). Amazon had them for awhile, August 2010 through May 2012. To receive your refund, please contact SCS Direct by calling the company toll-free at (888) 749-1387, or by sending an email to recall@scsdirectinc.com.

Nanospheres Magnetic Desk Toys: also sold exclusively at Amazon.com. Nanospheres cost between $25 and $30 and were sold between November 2010 through December 2011, according to the CPSC. Although the product has a label stating the intended age is 14 and older, there is concern that a child might play with them. To receive your refund, please call Kringles Toys and Gifts toll-free at (888) 801-1649, email them at customerservice@kringlestoysandgifts.com, or visit their web site.

Recall links:

Mutsy USA Recalls EVO Strollers Due to Strangulation Hazard (CPSC)

Magnet Balls® Manipulative Magnet Sets


Nanospheres Magnetic Desk Toys

Brett Singer is a freelance writer and father, not necessarily in that order. Follow him on Twitter, and visit his web site, DaddyTips.com. He is currently working on a novel about a new parent, and is almost finished writing a short story about an alien with lots of tentacles. The two projects are unrelated.