By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 11:31 am in Toy Recalls.
This is just heartbreaking. Two boys, ages 9 and 10, died after accidentally inhaling rubber darts from a cheap toy. Now the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Family Dollar Stores is recalling 1.8 million of these toy dart gun sets, which include soft, pliable plastic darts. The incidents involved boys in Chicago and Milwaukee who were goofing around, as kids sometimes do, and apparently stuck the darts in their mouths.
Here’s where things get interesting. This isn’t the first such recall – there was a similar one in December after an 8-year-old boy died. At the time, I wondered whether the product was being marketed to tots, who have a tendency to mouth things, or if the recall was based solely on a tragic accident that befell a child who was certainly old enough to know better than to stick a squashy rubber thing in his mouth. Because if it was the latter, where do you stop? Wadded up socks could block an airway too.
Here, the darts, which are clearly marked as toys for ages 8 and up, are being recalled by the feds and the stores at which they’re sold, not by the toy dart company. New Jersey-based Henry Gordy International refused to issue a recall. And once again, I have mixed feelings about this. So I’m curious, what do you think?