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The latest recalls: Overalls and a backyard merry-go-round

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Seems it’s never too early to introduce your child to the concept of college — unless, of course, the higher education apparel has a higher-than-normal chance of its button falling off and choking the child.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued two child-related recalls today, one for infants and toddlers overalls with a definite rha-rah appeal and another for a backyard merry-go-round sold only at Toys R Us.

About 1,800 of the overall shorts were sold at college bookstores, fan stores, children’s boutiques and gift shops nationwide from March 2007 through February 2008. The government says buttons on the shoulder straps can come off, posing a choking hazards.

The outfits were manufactured by Sara Lynn Togs, of Atlanta, in sizes 6/9 month, 12 month, 18 month, 2T, 3T, & 4T.The gingham outfit sold for about $35, and the flannel version sold for about $24. Ouch! I’m as true to my school as the next person (and, no, alumni association, the check’s not in the mail) but no way would I spend that much for an outfit for a 6-month-old. OK, maybe if it were for a bowl game. Or a trip to the NCAA Final Four.

Good thing there are no major collegiate sporting events coming up now. The government says consumers should immediately return the recalled outfits to Sara Lynn Togs for a refund. I’d ask for double your money if your team had a bad season.

For more information, contact Sara Lynn Togs at (800) 426-9377 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.saralynntogs.com

Meanwhile, Toys R Us pushed about 15,000 Playsafe Spinning Quad Merry-Go-Rounds — don’t you love the irony of that name — out the door from January to March 2008. The set has an inner bearing that can fail, causing the seats to suddenly drop. Talk about a high-speed “”ashes, ashes, we all fall down.

The manufacturer, Pacific Cycle Inc. of Madison, Wis., has received one report of injuries involving the gear. The ride sold for $80 to $100.

The government says consumers should immediately take the merry-go-round away from children and return it to Toys R Us for a full refund or contact Pacific Cycle to receive a free retrofit kit.

For more information, contact Pacific Cycle toll free at (877) 564-2261 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.pacific-cycle.com.

Copyright 2008 Debra Legg. All rights reserved.

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