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Monti Kids Recall 2022: Affected Products & What You Should Do

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Overview

Monti Kids, a brand that produces and sells Montessori toys for babies, recalled two of its toy products in 2022 due to choking hazards: (1)(2)

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  • Monti Kids toy box with bins
  • Monti Kids wooden push toys

 

Choking is among the leading causes of infant mortality, especially in kids younger than three years of age, because they tend to put objects in their mouths. (3)

So, you might be asking questions like:

“Why were these Monti Kids products recalled?”

“Are they still safe to use?”

“What must I do if my baby has these toys?”

We prepared this article to provide you with all the information you need. Continue reading to learn more about these toy recalls.

 

Monti Kids Recall 2022

Monti Kids Toy Box with Bins

Recall Information

On July 21, 2022, Monti Kids recalled the Box with Bins after they received five reports of the small dowel separating from the outer cabinet and becoming exposed, posing a choking risk. (1)(4)

(source: montikids.com)

 

Thankfully, according to the voluntary recall advisory, no injuries have been reported. (1)(4)

This toy for one-year-olds is included in the Monti Kids’ Level 5 of the Montessori toy brand’s subscription box for babies 14-17 months old but is also sold separately. (1)(4)

(source: montikids.com)

 

The recalled box is made of wood and features three bins in blue, red, and yellow. 

The recall includes toys with the following lot numbers: (1)

  • 0D41
  • 1A41

 

You can find the lot numbers printed on the underside of the box (on the bottom of the toy) along with the following information: (1)(4)

  • Montessori designs
  • Ethically made in Vietnam
  • ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008) safety certified

 

Around 1,500 units of this toy were sold online at montikids.com from July 2021 through February 2022: (1)(4)

  • As a standalone item (Box with Bins, $35)
  • With the subscription set (Level 5 Monti Kids Subscription Box toy set, around $300)

 

What To Do

Immediately stop using this recalled Box with Bins even if everything looks intact. 

Contact Monti Kids for instructions to process your $35 refund:

  • Phone: 800-674-3845 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday
  • Email: [email protected]
  • montikids.com/recalls/boxwithbins
  • montikids.com (click on “Recalls” for more information)

 

You can reach them through the channels above. But Monti Kids is also contacting all known purchasers and registered users directly, according to the recall advisory. (1)(4)

 

Monti Kids Wooden Push Toys

Recall Information

On April 21, 2022, Monti Kids recalled the Wooden Push Toys after receiving at least 145 reports of this toy’s rolling cylinder separating and exposing the balls inside, posing a choking hazard to young children. (2)(5)

This toy for two-year-olds is included in the Monti Kids’ Level 7 of the Montessori toy brand’s subscription box for kids 22-28 months old. (2)(5)

(source: montikids.com)

 

This push toy consists of a wooden handle with a rolling cylinder that contains wooden balls.

This recall includes the push toys with the following lot numbers: 

  • 0D41
  • 1A41

 

You can find the lot numbers printed on the underside of the box (on the bottom of the toy) along with the following information: (2)(5)

  • Montessori designs
  • Ethically made in Vietnam
  • ASTM CPSIA safety certified

 

Around 1,375 units of this toy were sold online at montikids.com from April 2021 through January 2022: (2)(5)

  • With the subscription set (Level 7 Monti Kids Subscription Box toy set, around $300)

 

What To Do

Consumers are instructed to stop using this toy immediately and to dispose of it by throwing it in the trash. (2)(5)

You can contact Monti Kids for your $40 refund, but the firm is also contacting all registered buyers and known purchasers directly:

  • Phone: 800-674-3845 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday
  • Email: [email protected]
  • montikids.com/recalls/pushtoy
  • montikids.com (click on “Recalls” for more information)

 

Safety With Toys

Potential Dangers To Watch Out For

  • Choking risks (such as small toys or those with small parts )
  • Injury or laceration risks (sharp edges or sharp points)
  • Batteries
  • Magnets
  • Loud noises
  • Suffocation risk (such as those with long cords or strings)
  • Shooting toys
  • Flying toys
  • Needs electricity
  • Splinter risk (such as broken glass or brittle plastic)
  • Harmful or toxic chemicals

 

Toxic Chemicals & Materials To Avoid

Studies show that certain chemicals can cause behavioral problems (such as aggressiveness and hyperactivity), cancer, premature puberty, liver or kidney dysfunction, fertility problems, or other health concerns. Avoid these in your baby’s toys: (6)

  • BPA (bisphenol-A)
  • BPS (bisphenol-S)
  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
  • Phthalates
  • Heavy metals (such as lead and cadmium)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polystyrene (such as Styrofoam)
  • AZO dyes 
  • Asbestos
  • Radon
  • Flame retardant chemicals 

 

Safer Materials

These can be safer alternatives to the toxic chemicals above:

  • Food grade silicone
  • Polypropylene – one of the safest plastic options for toys (7)
  • Natural rubber – BPA and PVC-free, but check for allergic reactions (nausea, itching, runny nose, hives, and trouble breathing) (8)
  • Unfinished wood
  • Wood finished with waxes like beeswax or walnut oil
  • Wood finished with natural oils
  • Cotton
  • Wool 
  • Toys made of washable fabric

 

Pick organic, ethical, and sustainably sourced materials, if possible.

 

Toy Recalls

Aside from checking the safety factors above, it’s good to check for safety alerts and other information on recalled toys.

 

Babyproofing Your Nursery & Home

It’s also important to go through your babyproofing checklist to keep your baby’s nursery and the rest of your home safe from potentially risky toys and objects.

 

Choosing Age-Appropriate Toys

Toys are designed to meet your baby’s developmental needs, but also take their safety (according to their age) into consideration. For example, toys for babies younger than three years old should be free from choking risks.

It’s good to pick age-appropriate toys to meet their developmental and safety needs:

 

Other Recalled Toys

 

 

 

References

(1) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Monti-Kids-Recalls-Toy-Box-with-Bins-Due-to-Choking-Hazard-Recall-Alert

(2) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Monti-Kids-Recalls-Wooden-Push-Toys-Due-to-Choking-Hazard-Recall-Alert

(3) https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/safetoys-young.html

(4) https://montikids.com/recalls/boxwithbins

(5) https://montikids.com/recalls/pushtoy

(6) https://health.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/resources/resources_pdf/Plastics_and_Plastic_Toys_7_14.pdf

(7) https://www.greenchildmagazine.com/plastic-toys/

(8) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/latex-allergy/symptoms-causes/syc-20374287

 

 

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