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Manhattan Toys Recalls Parents® Busy Time Activity Centers™ Due To Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada have issued a recall today on about 400 of their Parents® Busy Time Activity Centers™ due to a choking hazard. The wooden pegs on the xylophone activity can come loose, posing a choking hazard to young children. CPSC has already received one report of a child putting a peg in his mouth. No other injuries have been reported.

The Parents® Busy Time Activity Centers™ is a wooden activity center cube-shaped toy that has a multi-colored bead run on the top. Activities on each side include a 4-tone xylophone and rasp, butterfly and caterpillar spinners, zig-zag drum, castanets, and pockets with “alligator,” “bear,” and “cat” pillow characters. Only items with wooden pegs bearing date code 400090GC are involved in this recall. The date code can be found on the bottom of the product packaging near the UPC code and on the tags on the bear character.

The toys were sold in gift and specialty stores nationwide and through mail order catalogs and online in Canada from December 2010 through February 2011 for about $90.

If you have one of these toys in your possession, it is recommended that you take them away immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers can also contact Manhattan Group for instructions on receiving a replacement item or a full refund. you can also call them between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday at (800) 541-1345.

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