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10 million Fisher-Price toys recalled


WATERLOO (KWWL)-- More than 10 million Fisher-Price toys are being pulled from store shelves.  Company issued the recall after reports of injuries on its trikes, and malfunctions with high chairs and several toy items that could lead to injuries. 

You can visit www.service.mattell.com, as well as the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website for more information on specific model numbers affected by this recall.

We talked with a local day care about how it monitors recalls to keep kids safe.

Kids love to play, especially outside on a beautiful fall day.  And care providers know occasionally there will some bumps and bruises, but they don't want injuries to be caused because of the toys kids play with. 

"We want to make sure we do due diligence in checking all of our inside toys, all of our outside toys.  And it's something that we make sure we keep our toys in good condition at all times, but especially when there's a recall, we take that pretty seriously," said Mark Stuenkel with Happy Time Day Care & Preschool in Waterloo.

Happy Time is constantly monitoring recall alerts, not just to pull toys from their own shelves.

"We also take a secondary step of notifying our parents in telling them, "Here's some items in your own household you might want to take care of."  And if they have questions, we tell them to contact directly the company responsible for the recall," Stuenkel said.

Happy Time dodged the bullet this time and does not have any of the recalled Fisher-Price toys.  But the care center says it's important to be proactive by stopping kids from putting toys into their mouths, looking for broken items, and keeping them all clean.

"We have a regular schedule where we sanitize our toys where we clean them and kind of do a check.  That's on a regular rotating basis because when toys get used, sometimes they get abused.  So we've been proactive with the schedule so it isn't left to chance," Stuenkel said.

And sometimes, keeping kids away from toys that could be dangerous, just means getting back to the basics, like enjoying some good and messy finger-painting fun.

KWWL Reporter: Kera Mashek

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