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Parents® Busy Time Activity Center™

Starting date:
March 3, 2011
Posting date:
March 3, 2011
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Childrens' Products, Toys
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety
General Public (GP)
Identification number:

Joint Recall with Manhattan Toy, Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC)

Affected products

Parents® Busy Time Activity Center™

Product description

This recall involves a wooden activity center that has a multi-coloured bead run on the top. Activities on each side include a 4-tone xylophone and rasp, butterfly and caterpillar spinners, zig-zag drum, castanets, and pockets with "alligator", "bear", and "cat" pillow characters. The recalled toy has date code 400090GC, model number 400090 and UPC 011964447640. The date code can be found on the bottom of the product packaging near the UPC code and on the sewn-in label attached to the bear character.

Activity centers with orange plastic pegs are not included in this recall. Only activity centers with wooden pegs with date code 400090GC are involved in this recall.

Hazard identified

Wooden pegs on xylophone activity can come loose, posing a choking hazard to children.

The US CPSC and Manhattan Toy have received one reported incident of a child putting a peg in his mouth.

In Canada, Manhattan Toy has received one reported incident in which a mother noticed the pegs came off. No injuries were reported.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these toys.

For some tips to help consumers choose safe toys and to help them keep children safe when they play with toys, see Health Canada's: Toy Safety Tips.

Number sold

Approximately 100 of the recalled products were sold in Canada at specialty and gift stores nationwide, and through mail order catalogues and online sales.

In the United States, approximately 300 of the recalled products were distributed.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from December 2010 to February 2011 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.


Manhattan Group LLC

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately take the toy away from young children and return it to the store where purchased for a refund or exchange for another toy. Consumers may also contact Manhattan Toy for instructions on receiving a replacement item or a full refund.

For more information, consumers may contact Manhattan Toy toll-free at 1-800-541-1345 between AM and 5PM CST Monday through Friday or visit the Manhattan Toy website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.