Fisher-Price in major toy and high-chair recall

Children's toy brand Fisher-Price today recalled hundreds of thousands of toys and high chairs sold in the UK amid safety concerns.

The announcement is part of a wider US-led recall of more than 10 million items after reports of injuries.

The UK recall applies to 72,763 high chairs after 14 reports of problems in the US, including seven children requiring stitches.

The UK chairs carry the names Basic Healthy Care Cow and Moon, Flutterby Dream, Aquarium Healthy Care and Link Deluxe Healthy Care.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said pegs on the back of the high chairs could be used to store the tray, but children could fall on them, resulting in cuts and other injuries.

About 72,763 of the chairs were sold through major UK retailers between September 2001 and last month.

Another 165,090 products with inflatable balls have also been recalled here after the CPSC said the valve of the ball could come off and pose a choking hazard.

There have been more than 50 reports of the valves coming off the balls in the US, the CPSC said.

UK products affected include the Baby Playzone Crawl and Cruise Playground, Baby Playzone Crawl and Slide Arcade, Baby Gymtastics Play Wall, Ocean Wonders Kick and Crawl Aquarium, 1-2-3 Tetherball and the Bat and Score Goal.

All of the items were sold between July 2001 and July 2008.

A further 6,107 Little People Wheelies Stand 'n' Play Rampway toys sold between April and September this year have also been recalled after reports that the wheels on the cars could come off, again posing a choking hazard.

A UK spokeswoman for Fisher-Price said: "We want to reassure parents that our products are overwhelmingly safe. We operate in a highly regulated industry and we test our products at many stages during development and production. Our product engineers have many years of experience in designing safe toys.

"In addition, we monitor parents' safety-related reports over time. If we see an issue with a product at any point, even after many have been sold and used safely, we take appropriate action.

"Our actions reflect our continuing commitment to the safety of our products. Hundreds of millions of our products are used safely every day and we believe these simple fixes will continue that excellent record."

Fisher-Price has set up a consumer helpline on 0800 0320 615 for those seeking more information about the recall.