At issue are the plastic toy nails that are in Little Tikes workbench and truck sets.
Although the only report of a problem with the sets involved the one boy -- who has since recovered -- CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson told WalletPop the incident led to the massive recall because of its similarity to a recall of Playskool workbenches in 2006 prompted by the deaths of two children.
"The scenario is one that is very frightening," Wolfson said.
In the two deaths and the third incident, the toy nails -- which measure about 1 inch by 3 inches, are blue or red -- got stuck in the children's throats.
Parents are asked to take the nails away from children and request a free replacement nail from Little Tikes. Wolfson said the new nail was made with a larger head determined to be safe for children.
The Little Tikes recall involves a variety of different products sold since March 1994. A full list of the products along with photos is available here.
For more information, call Little Tikes at (800) 791-2737 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern times or between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, or visit www.littletikes.com.