Manufacturer Step2 has issued a recall for more than 20,000 of their “Little Helper’s Shopping Cart” toys in the US and Canada. The basket of these toy carts can shatter into pieces, posing a risk of injury to playing children.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Step2 received reports of 22 toy shopping carts breaking into small, sharp pieces. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
The carts were sold between May 2019 and October 2019 for about $40. Brick-and-mortar retailers such as BJ Wholesale Club and Kohl’s sold the toys, as did Step2.com.
The toy shopping carts are made of colorful plastic and measure 18.5 x 13 x 21.5 inches. The following model numbers may be included in the recall:
- 700000 (blue basket with tan cart)
- 708500 (pink basket with white cart)
- 8567KL (pink basket with gray cart)
Make note that only toys with certain date codes are being recalled among the models listed above. Y0u can find the date code on the back of the basket, just below the handle. Look for code combinations of 5 and 19 to see if your toy shopping cart needs to be replaced.
What You Need to Do Next
If you think that your toy is one of the units being recalled, you’ll need to ensure that your child stops playing with it immediately. Take the toy away and contact Step2. The company will offer either a free replacement toy or a $40 credit to purchase another toy from Step2.com.
You can reach Step2 at 800-347-8372 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern or online at Step2.com.
Too Many Recalls to Track?
In addition to the Little Helper’s Shopping Cart toy, the company lists another seven recalled toys:
- Whisper Ride Touring Wagon
- Push Around Buggy
- Whisper Ride Buggy
- Basic Rhythms Drum
- Play Up Gym Set
- Water Transportation Station
- X-Rider Car Riding Toy
With the sheer number of recalls for toys and children’s products out there, it would be impossible to search for updates on everything you’ve ever purchased. After all, it might not become clear that a product is dangerous until months or even years after it was originally sold.
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