Baby activity and teething toys are a blessing until they turn out to pose a health risk. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), parents and caregivers of small children who have Manhattan Toy company’s Manhattan Ball activity toy should throw it away immediately because the toy poses a choking hazard.
The Manhattan ball has a hard, plastic center ball with 12 soft plastic tubes inserted into the center of the ball and seven silicone teethers threaded on the tubes. “The Manhattan Toy Company” and lot code 325700EL or 325700IL are printed on the center ball.
The issue involves the toy’s plastic tubes, which can detach from the center ball and release the small silicone teethers that are threaded on the tubes. If these teethers come loose while your baby is playing with the toy, he or she could choke on them.
Manhattan Toys has received six reports of this issue occurring. In two cases, a silicone teether was separated from the toy and in one of those cases, a child was mouthing the silicone teether after it came off.
Babies and young children often put things in their mouths as a way to explore the world. Choking can occur when food, toys and other small objects get stuck in a child’s windpipe. As a result, parents and caregivers are advised not to give small objects to kids younger than 4 years of age.
About 22,100 of the Manhattan Ball teether toys were sold exclusively at Target stores and online at Target.com from July 2019 to June 2020 for about $10 each. Consumers can get a full refund by contacting Manhattan Toy at 800-541-1345 or online at www.manhattantoy.com and clicking on “Recall Information.” Or, they can take the toy to any Target Store for a full refund.