Recalled toy supposed to help teething might instead cause choking

Teething toys should be sturdy enough to maintain structural integrity against gnawing, gnashing incoming infant teeth. The Winkel Colorburst Activity Toy apparently lacks this fundamental characteristic.

In announcing a recall of all 15,000 teething toys, The Manhattan Toy Company writes “The colored plastic tubes on the product can become brittle and break into small pieces, posing a choking hazard to infants.”

The Minnesota-based company knows this because it’s received four reports of the plastic tubes breaking. The $15 toy was sold at toy stores and on the company’s website.

Customers should look at the center of the cube, on the hang tag or the product packaging near the UPC code for the lot code. If the lot code is 206880 DH; 206880 EH; 206880 HH; or 206871 EH, consumers should return the product to the store or to Manhattan Toy for a full refund. Mahattan Toy can be reached by phone at 800-541-1345 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time Fridays, or via the website.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal