Fisher-Price recalling 67,000 toy farm sets because screws can loosen, pose choking hazard

Wednesday, April 23rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Fisher-Price is recalling about 67,000 toy farm sets because two metal screws that hold the toy's stall doors in place can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children.

The East Aurora, N.Y., company has received 33 reports of screws coming off the Little People Animal Sounds Farm, including four reports where a screw was found in a child's mouth and one report of a child needing surgery to remove a screw from his lung, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The recalled farm sets are shaped like a barn and make animal sounds when the doors of the stalls for cows or horses are opened. The recalled toys have model numbers 77973 or 77746 and a six-character manufacturing date code that begins with 168 through 212, followed by the number 2 as the fourth digit.

Merchants and toy stores nationwide sold the farm sets from July 2002 to December 2002 for about $30.

The government warned consumers to take the toy away from children immediately. Consumers can contact the company at 1-866-259-7873 to receive a free repair kit.