More than 60,000 Step2 Transportation Station toys have been recalled because they pose a potential choking hazard for young children.
The Step2 Transportation Station recall was announced on September 7 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada. The recall was issued because there are light blue plastic wheels on the toy train cars can detach and become stuck in a child’s throat. There have been no injuries reported in connection with the design defect.
The recall affects about 56,000 Step2 Sand & Water Transportation Stations in the U.S., and another 7,700 in Canada. The toys are standalone play stations that include a round blue plastic table, train tracks and train cars, toy sailboats and a hand rake and shovel. The station has a red Step2 logo decal on the side and is made for children ages 2 and up. Models that have train cars with grey wheels instead of blue wheels are exempt from this recall.
The transportation stations were sold at Target and other major retailers and specialty stores nationwide, as well as online, from December 2008 through June 2010. They sold for between $49 and $59 each and were manufactured by the Step2 Company based in Streetsboro, Ohio.
The CPSC and Health Canada recommend that consumers immediately take any trains affected by the recall away from children and contact Step2 for free replacement toy train cars. The company can be reached through its website at www.step2.com.