Ottawa Citizen

Throw out older Little People toys: Health Canada

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Parents and caregivers should immediatel­y go through their toy boxes and throw out all the old FisherPric­e “Little People” figures because a baby recently choked to death when the iconic toy became lodged in the infant’s throat, Health Canada said Thursday.

The older Little People figures, which were manufactur­ed before 1991, have a circular base approximat­ely two centimetre­s in diameter, posing a risk of serious injury or death. The figures include a variety of characters, such as a little girl, a train conductor, a dog and a father.

The newer Little People figures, manufactur­ed after 1991, have a larger circular base, approximat­ely three centimetre­s in diameter. “These figures are taller, in chunkier shapes and are of sizes that cannot be taken into the throat of a young child. These newer figures are not the subject of this advisory,” Health Canada said in a statement.

The government issued the alert because it “recently” became aware of the death of a 10-month-old child resulting from the use of one of these older products.

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