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Hasbro Inc. has recalled nearly a million Easy-Bake Ovens sold since last May. Children were get their hands or fingers caught in the oven’s opening, which poses an entrapment or burn hazard, according to an article on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Web site. Checking the article out if you have questions or concerns.

At least 29 reports of children getting their fingers or hands caught in the ovens, including five reports of burns, have been reported. The plastic ovens that are being recalled are pink and purple and resemble a kitchen stove with four burners on top and a front-loading oven.

Not included in the recall are ovens sold before May 2006. Major retailers such as Wal-Mart, KB Toys, Toys “R” Us, and Target sold the toy ovens from May 2006 through February 2007.

It is good to see Hasbro Inc. doing the right thing and recalling this hazardous product quickly before there are any future injuries. Not all manufacturers would act as quickly.

Every year thousands of children are injured by toys. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that 202,300 children were treated in a emergency room for toy-related injuries in 2005. Eye injuries account for 7,820 of those injuries.

We can not prevent all injuries to children. However, we can certainly improve the safety of the toys manufactured and/or sold in the United States. Parents can take an active part by making intelligent choices about the toys we provide our children. See the Prevent Blindness America website for tips on children’s eye safety.

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