May 31, 2013 at 2:02 PM ET
Fred Meyer is recalling a $20 Easter toy sold in four western states because the music it plays is too loud and could possibly cause hearing damage.
The Dan-Dee “Chicken Dance” Easter chick is mighty cute. The colorful plush toy is a yellow chick with rabbit ears in a furry multicolored egg shell. The chick plays music and tap dances when the left wing is squeezed.
Here’s the problem: The music player inside the chick produces decibel levels that exceed federal safety standards. No injuries have been reported.
“This is a precautionary announcement,” said Scott Wolfson, director of communications at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). “This toy is not in compliance with a federal standard, but we do not want parents to think that the noise this toy makes is going to cause immediate hearing loss or long-term damage to a child.”
Fred Meyer only sold about 1,000 of these dancing chicks in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska between February and March. Parents are advised to stop using the toy and return it for a full refund.
The recalled toys were made in China and have a sewn-on label that reads: “DanDee Collector’s Choice.”
(Read more about this recall on the CPSC website.)
The CPSC commended Fred Meyer for spotting the potential problem and acting on it.
“This is a case where the company is being proactive to make sure children are safe and that’s a positive for families and children,” Wolfson said.
The CPSC wants parents to know that this does not represent a new wave of toy recalls because of noise. In fact, Wolfson told me, this is the first such recall.