This voluntary recall involves certain Ertl branded Tricycles, Wagons, Wheelbarrows and Trailers shipped to retailers between September 2010 and September 2011 that do not fully comply with Health Canada's barium testing standards set forth in Health Canada's Toys Regulations of the Canada Consumer Products Safety Act. The recall is limited to only the specified toys with certain date codes, which were shipped to retailers between September 2010 and September 2011. No other toys are affected by this recall.
Although the regulatory limit of barium in paint on children's toys is the same in Canada and the United States, Health Canada requires a different testing methodology for measuring barium levels. The toys subject to the recall are fully compliant with child safety regulatory requirements in the United States and European Union. TOMY CANADA LIMITED voluntarily advised Health Canada when it discovered the instance of non-compliance during 2011.
Our top priority is always the health and safety of children. TOMY CANADA LIMITED retained a leading independent Canadian toxicological firm that specializes in human and environmental toxicology and risk assessment to determine if the barium content in the paint could pose any danger to children. The independent firm concluded that the barium level does NOT pose a health risk to children given the intended and foreseeable use of these products. Click here to read the Executive Summary of the Toxicological Review and Exposure Assessment Report. However, in light of the advisory issued by Health Canada, consumers may wish to stop using the affected products.
Health Canada has not received any reports of children ingesting paint from any of these products.
Consumers are encouraged to follow the instructions below to determine if they own one of the recalled toys.