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Health Canada: recall of toy wagons, trikes and wheelbarrows over barium concerns

01/17/2012 05:55 EST | Updated 03/18/2012 05:12 EDT
Health Canada has posted a recall notice for some toy wagons, tricycles and wheelbarrows after testing found that the coating on the Ertl-brand products contained barium levels that exceed the allowable amount under Canada's Toy Regulations.

The wagons, trikes and wheelbarrows are licensed by John Deere or Case and sold as toys.

Some forms of barium can be used safely in medical and commercial applications, while other forms of barium can be toxic, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps as well as more severe symptoms.

An independent toxicological review and exposure assessment initiated by TOMY Canada found that no adverse health effects are expected in children resulting from exposure to barium from these toys.

Neither TOMY nor Health Canada has received any reports of incidents or illnesses to Canadians related to the use of these toys.

The following Ertl toys are affected:

— Case 36-inch Stake Wagon: SKU number 14816; UPC number 036881148166

— John Deere Steel Trailer: 15966; 036881159667

— John Deere 28-inch Steel Wagon: 34437A; 036881344377

— John Deere Kids Tuff Trike: 34506A; 036881345060

— John Deere Steel Wheelbarrow: 34636A; 036881346364

— John Deere 36-inch Pink Stake Wagon: 35914; 036881359142

— John Deere Pink Steel Wheelbarrow: 35915; 036881359159

— John Deere Steel Tricycle: 35991; 036881359913

About 1,881 units of the recalled toys, which were made in China, were sold across Canada from September 2010 to January 2012.

Consumers should stop using the affected toys. For more information, visit TOMY Canada's website http://recall.tomycanada.ca/ or call the company at 1-866-725-4407.

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