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Thursday, July 19, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: Easy Bake toy ovens recalled again

The Easy Bake oven, an iconic toy with a four-decade history, has been recalled for the second time in less than a year, government safety advocates announced on Thursday.

In February Easy Bake’s parent company, Hasbro Inc., recalled 985,000 of the toys because children were getting their hands and fingers trapped in the front opening, and some were burned. At that time, Hasbro offered a free repair kit to improve the oven’s safety.

Since the February announcement, the company has received an additional 249 reports of children getting their hands or fingers caught in the ovens, including 16 reports of second- and third-degree burns. One burn required partial amputation of a 5-year-old girl’s finger.

To be honest, it never seemed like a good idea to me that an operational oven, no matter how small, was a good idea for a child’s toy…

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3 Comments

  1. Where are the parents when the kids are sticking their hands in the toy oven, while it’s on?? There are instructions printed clearly on the box for goodness sake. Why are kids cooking anything for that matter without supervision?
    What’s going to be next? Children electrocuted by playing the game Operation?
    “My son wash reaching for the ‘funny bone’ and went into cardiac arrest.”
    The toy oven is fine, it’s the minds of the parents that seem to be a bit overcooked.

    Comment by Mr. Christopher — Friday, July 20, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

  2. While I have no idea what the details were of the injuries in question, I will say that as a father of three, kids can do a remarkable amount of damage very quickly, even with supervision.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Friday, July 20, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

  3. Also a single father here of two daughters. You are so right about kids getting hurt even while being supervised. Unfortunately it happens and as a parent I’d go nuts calling every toy manufacturer about the quality of their toys.
    Damage Control would have to apply to everything they play with especially something that requires electricity. Kids can get paper cuts on books, swallow a broken balloon, eat paste, chew crayons, run with scissors (how common is that, right?).
    It’s about communication in most cases. My kids were told to be carefull of the HOT stove before they got an Easy-Bake Oven. I’m lucky they understood and never stuck their fingers in either one.

    Comment by Mr. Christopher — Friday, July 20, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

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