Cranky Toy Tester

Ok, so we released our top list of award winners on Monday (you can see them at www.toyportfolio.com). The list was screened for lead content and even though we have to repeat the caveat that only this particular batch of toys tested lead free– we felt pretty good about the list. Less than 24 hours later, we were greeted with the upsetting news that Fisher-Price is voluntarily recalling one of the toys on our list for small parts. The Laugh n Learn Learning Kitchen is a great activity center for older babies and toddlers but apparently if you pull hard on the faucet or the hands on the clock, pieces can become loose posing a small parts problem. For info on the recall visit www.service.mattel.com. We’re pretty upset that Mattel, knowing that they had won the award weeks ago, did not give us a heads up…but that’s the nature of the recall restrictions. The company told us yesterday that they will be shipping replacement parts in 3-5 weeks to consumers that call or write in, and that new production runs will be shipping very soon.

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