An 18-month-old boy is dead after inhaling a screw from a toy truck. Now the Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 70,000 "ride-on" toys. The toy is called the Tek-Nek ride-on toy sold primarily at Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and K-Mart nationwide. Hal Stratton with CPSC says, "The screw and nut assembly comes loose and this poses a choking hazard and aspiration hazard, which means children can swallow it, ingest it into their lungs." The five recalled models are the "Butterfly Girl" "Fire Rescue," "Mermaid" "Police Car" and "Tonka Construction Crew." Parents should take the toys away from the children immediately and call Tek Nek at 1-888-661-0222 . Tek Nek will send free replacement parts.
Mattel is recalling the Batman Batmobile toy. The rear tail wings of the toy could cause a puncture wound or laceration hazard. The recalled toy is model number b4944 . It was sold from June 2003 through February 2004 for about $27.
Nikko American of Plano is recalling 287,000 radio controlled toy trucks. The eighteen inch toys have circuits that could overheat and pose a fire hazard. The recall includes the Chevy Avalanche, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Hummer Wagon and Ford F-150 models.
Now onto the bigger wheels. Ford is recalling nearly 400,000 Escape SUV's sold from 2001 through 2003. The Escapes with the three-liter v-six engines may experience a stall when slowing below speeds of forty-miles an hour. Eight-accidents are blamed for the problem.
Honda is recalling 600,000 mini-vans and SUV's due to a transmission problem. Recalled models include the 2002 through 2004 Honda Odyssey minivans, 2003-2004 Honda Pilot SUV's and the 2001 though 2002 Acura MDX SUV's. Automakers will notify owners of all recalls.
Mongoose is recalling its aluminum 20-inch wheel "DXRAL" mountain bike. The rear shock absorber allows the frame to flex easily and break. Model number R1590WMET is the only one being recalled.
Finally, a recall that may affect the way your children sleep. Ethan Allen is recalling its Ethan Allen Ryan and P.J. bunk beds. A metal "j" hook on the guardrails can dislodge and allow the rail to slide and detach from the bed. Ethan Allen is directly notifying all customers who purchased these bunk beds and will ship free replacement parts. That wraps up this month's Recall Roundup. For more recalls, click here.