Northern Tool + Equipment Company, Inc. recently announced that it is recalling
approximately 7,000 Little Digger Toys, which were sold at the company’s
retail stores and online at www.amazon.com, www.kotulas.com and www.northerntool.com
from August 2014 through June 2015 for about $30.
According to the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the red paint on the Little Digger toy frame contains excessive
levels of lead. Under federal law, all children's products must not
contain a concentration of lead greater than 0.009 percent (90 parts per
million) in paint or any similar surface coatings. While recalls involving
toys with excessive lead levels have declined in recent years, the latest
incident highlights that not all manufacturers are compliant.
Lead exposure is particularly dangerous for young children because their
bodies absorb more of it and are still developing.
Excessive lead levels in the blood can cause a range of health issues, such as: anemia; decreased muscle
and bone growth; hearing damage; learning disabilities; nervous system
and kidney damage; speech, language, and behavior problems; and even brain damage.
As detailed in the CPSC recall notice, the recall involves Wel-Bilt brand
Little Diggers, Item # 28303. The red stationary scooper toy has moveable
poles that allow the child to scoop items up into the bucket. The toy
also has a red powder-coated steel frame with a black plastic seat and
black adjustable scoop with two yellow plastic grips on the poles and
a six-sided frame base.
The recalled toys have a manufacture date of August 2014 through June 2015.Wel-Bilt
is printed on the front of the bucket and the manufacture date is written
on the tracking label located on the bucket. The item number #28303 is
printed only on the toy’s packaging
Given the significant risks, parents and caregivers are advised to immediately
stop using the Little Digger Toy, put it out of reach of children and
contact the firm for a full refund.
If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured by a
dangerous or defective product, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.