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Northern Tool Recalls Digger Toy

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, and 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.