Family Dollar Recalls Dangerous Dart-Guns
An incidence, wherein, a 9-year-old in Chicago and a 10-year-old in Milwaukee were asphyxiated by inhaling the one-inch dart, when the suction cup on the end of the dart blocked their airway, leading to Family Dollar Stores Inc. issuing a recall of 1.8 million dart-gun toys.
According to the commission, the refusal of the importer, Henry Gordy International Inc. of Plainfield, N. J. to recall the Chinese-made toys, who maintains the toy met federal safety rules at the time it was sold, leaving the retailer Family Dollar with little choice but to agree to act.
Parents are advised to immediately discard the $1.50 toys, Family Dollar sold from September 2005 through January 2009.
The recall of over 21 million Chinese made toys for design flaws and lead paint by Mattel Inc., has led the agency to step up enforcement since 2007.
Family Dollar shares rose 31 cents to $40.51.
It seems the safety commission knew the toy could be deadly nine months before the Chicago boy’s death, as in November 2006, Desman Young, a 10-year-old Milwaukee child, died after putting a Henry Gordy dart in his mouth, and the suction cup tip blocked his airway.
The boy’s family filed a lawsuit against Henry Gordy, which is pending in Cook County Circuit Court.
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