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CPSC Announces Recall of Two Children's "Horse" Toys Due to Reports of Near-Strangulation

David Mittleman

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recalls of several horse-related children’s toys after receiving reports of two near-strangulations.

First, about 8,800 horse-on-a-stick toys imported by Big Ideas Marketing, of Owings Mills, Md were recalled because the reins on the toys are long enough to become tangled around a child’s neck. In fact, a 2-year-old boy was nearly strangled to death after the reins became entangled around his. Thankfully, his mother freed him and he suffered no injuries. The toys were sold at Love’s Travel Stop and Country stores nationwide from May to July. For additional information, contact Big Ideas Marketing toll-free at 888-908-8697.

The second recall involves about 1,200 rocking horses imported by Rocking Horse Depot, of Buckeye, Ariz. Again, the reins on the toy are long enough to form a loop and strangle children. In fact, the CPSC has received one report of near strangulation involving a 21-month old girl who became entangled in the reins at her neck. However, her parents were also able to free her without injuries. The toys were sold at RockingHorseDepot.com from November 2006 to December 2009. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at http://www.rockinghorsedepot.com.

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