21,000 Popular Toys Recalled Due to Choking Hazard
It’s always scary when a recall involves toys and children can be at risk.
Mattel has announced a recall for two of its products. The items in question were sold in the United States and Canada between February 2022 and August 2023. Troublesome Truck and Crates, and Troublesome Truck and Paint were recalled due to magnets that connect the cars coming loose and detaching. The magnets can pose choking and magnet ingestion hazards. 21,000 units were recalled with 400 more in Canada. Consumers who send in the affected items to Fisher-Price receive a full refund.
Mattel’s official statement read, “Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is announcing a product recall of the Troublesome Truck and Crates, and Troublesome Truck and Paint. The small piece that connects one train to another may detach or become loose, posing a choking hazard if a child places the small part in their mouth. This piece also contains a high-powered magnet, posing a magnet ingestion hazard.”
“Consumers should stop using the product immediately and visit www.service.mattel.com and click on ‘Recalls and Safety Alerts’ or call 855-853-6224 for additional information including a refund.”
Troublesome Truck and Crates is a dark gray Troublesome Truck with brown crate loads. Troublesome Truck and Paint is a freight car with gray wheels. It is a dark gray Troublesome Truck covered in spilled yellow paint with paint cans.
This isn’t Thomas’s first recall. A lead paint recall occurred in June 2007 where products with red and yellow paint contained lead. Over 1.7 million items produced from January 2005 to May 2007 were checked for lead. It became the biggest recall in Learning Curve’s history. Consumers who sent in their affected items received a free gift back with their amended items.
The following items were recalled in 2007
Lights and Sounds James
James with Team Colors
Old Slow Coach
Deluxe Fire Station
Sodor Line Caboose (Red)
Sodor Fire Crew
Sodor Mail Coach from Hard at Work Percy and Mail Car
Red Coal Car
Day Out with Thomas 2006 Coal Car
Yellow and Green Boxcar from Conductor’s Figure 8 Set
Yellow “Sodor Cargo Company” Cargo
Railroad Crossing Sign
Ice Cream Factory
Baggage Car (Red Version) from Oval Set
Cargo piece from Deluxe Cranky