Car-Shaped Baby Walkers Recalled

A Massachusetts company is recalling about 170,000 car-shaped baby walkers because babies could damage their teeth on the steering wheels and choke on small parts.

Safety 1st Inc., of Canton, Mass., has received eight reports of babies catching their teeth in parts of the three-spoke steering wheels with six babies losing lower front teeth, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said today.

The company also received 44 reports of a button loosening or breaking off from the walker’s attached toy telephone; one 6-month-old girl gagged on a button.

The recalled Mobile “4 Wheelin” Walker, intended for babies 6 months old until they begin to walk, has a green body and includes a three-spoke steering wheel with squeaking horn, clicking keys, two rearview mirrors and a ringing phone.

The recalled models are 45701, 45701A and 45701B. The model numbers are written underneath the walker tray, and writing under the body includes “Made in the U.S.A.” and “Safety 1st, Inc.”

Mass merchandise, juvenile products and major discount department stores nationwide sold the walkers from April 1998 through April 1999 for about $50.

The commission advises consumers to stop using these walkers immediately. To receive a free, replacement steering wheel and electronic telephone with installation instructions, consumers can call Safety 1st at 1-800-964-8489 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

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