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Our son ended up in the emergency room because of the exposed axle under the dump truck.
on July 16, 2013
We ordered these trucks for our son's birthday. Full disclosure, he's two. The packaging says for ages 3+, and warns of a chocking hazard. He doesn't put things in his mouth. We were not worried about him chocking on this toy. However, we ended up in the emergency room the day after his birthday because his middle finger got stuck under the exposed axle of the dump truck.
I never stopped to consider that all his other little trucks and toys have a piece of plastic on the bottom side to cover up the front and back axles. This one does not. He was playing with these trucks early morning the day after his birthday, and came to me saying "Get off, Mama!" His finger was up under the front axle of the dump truck and wedged in such a way that it looked like he was carrying it in the palm of his hand. He is not a small kid with petite hands, but there was no way his finger was slipping back out. We tried pliers at home to pull of the front wheel, it wouldn't budge. He wasn't in any pain so we made several more attempts at home before deciding to take him to Children's Hospital. We were at Children's Hospital for hours with a nurse, Dr., medic, and a police officer, all trying to get the GD wheel off this truck! They used the saw made for cutting off casts, and it barely cut through the plastic wheel. They used another saw, and then something else, and finally asked if they could medicate and sedate our son just to do whatever it took to get the wheel somehow off the truck and the truck off his finger. Our son is crying, sobbing "Get off, hurts! Hurt finger!!" The Dr. said IF his finger gets broken removing the truck, that is something she CAN fix.
Finally, enough progress was made on the wheel after using a saw that the police officer started ripping off sections of the wheel with pliers to expose the axle on the outside of the truck. Wire cutters were used to cut the outside part of the axle that was attached to the wheel, and still the axle wouldn't move through the hole to free his finger. My husband took the wire cutters and started ripping apart the plastic around the axle until his finger came out.
One emergency trip to the hospital and countless hours later, his finger was free. It was blistered and swollen, but not broken.
We are very mindful parents. I would appreciate you not attacking me about the age requirement for this toy. I'm posting this review so you know the axle underneath are exposed, and it is true hazard. My husband's finger could fit under the axle, just not up and around the metal like my son's finger. It is a design flaw, not a parenting flaw that this happened. Please think twice before ordering this for your (3+ year old) child.