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A Little Too Easy-Bake?

Mention the Easy-Bake Oven, and you'll get lots of "I LOVED that toy when I was a kid" responses. It rates right up there with Barbie and Lego as childhood faves. Well, beware of the Easy-Bake Oven of 2006-2007.

Easy-Bake, a division of Hasbro, has recalled nearly 1 million of the toys, sold at Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target, KB Toys and other retailers from May 2006 through February 2007 for about $25, because kids can get their hands caught in the oven opening, causing little fingers to burn. The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission warn that the toy should be taken away from children under age 8. Hasbro reports that all five children who burned their fingers were between 3 and 5, all well under the toy's age recommendation.

Hasbro is sending retrofit kits with warning labels to those who need them. The kit includes a plastic piece that goes over the oven and has a hinged door for kids to lift to insert the pan into the oven. It also contains a bolder warning that the oven, an electrical toy, gets hot and that fingers can get burned, according to Hasbro spokesperson Gail Carvelli. Hasbro also reiterates that parents should supervise children who use the Easy-Bake Oven.

To get the retrofit kit, click here on Hasbro's site and fill out the recall form.

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By Stacey Garfinkle |  February 7, 2007; 10:15 AM ET  | Category:  Recalls
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I'd love to read about how others manage/limit the impact of commercialism on their children. My oldest is going to start preschool in the fall and she's been sheltered so far, but I'm really worried about how the pressure to have the "latest thing" is going to affect her.

Guess I should be happy I don't have to worry about violence in the local schools.

Posted by: a thought | February 7, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you should see the cat fight going on over at Leslie Morgan's blog. Those jackels are out for blood. I think that blog has something to do with parenting, too. Can't really say for sure. It seems those who have reproduced feel their opinions, no matter how depreaved, are superior to everybody else's. Today it's bfing and peeing in public, and adopting black children.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

To me the blog talks about how companies have to make the product in anticipation of a lack of parenting. I have a toddler in the house and, while it is tempting to buy fun toys that have an age range older than him, we refrain from buying toys that are not age appropriate. And should he one day have a sibling his toys that are not appropriate for the younger one to use will be monitored by a parent during use to ensure no one is hurt.

Posted by: bmoremama | February 7, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

"I have a toddler in the house and, while it is tempting to buy fun toys that have an age range older than him, we refrain from buying toys that are not age appropriate."

I am more plaqued by well-meaning grandparents NOT heeding the age appropriate rule. And since they've confused our home with Toy's R Us, we have quite a stash to donate or keep until age appropriate!!!

We must be vigilant in the safety of our children!!!

Posted by: cj | February 8, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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