US: Step2 Recalls 2.5 million ride-on toys

Firm recalls the buggies after two children required professional medical treatment when handles detached from the toy.
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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said that 26 children had scrapes and scratches in other incidents.

A pin with a yellow head attached to Step2 Push Around and Whisper Ride buggies can loosen, allowing the toys to roll away, posing a “serious risk of injury to young children,” the agency said.

The car-like buggies were sold through major US retailers in a range of colours. Consumers have been advised to stop using the toys immediately and contact Step2 for a free repair kit, by visiting the firm’s website, www.step2.com.

The buggies were sold from August 1999 through March 2010 for between $29 and $59, the CPSC said. The recall doesn’t apply to buggies that have handles attached by a bolt with white plastic or black heads.

Step2 is offering repairs “out of an abundance of caution” responding to rare instances when handles detached after wear and tear, spokeswoman Alexis Black said in an email. Buggies with a new design aren’t being recalled, she said.

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