The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on September 27 that Dillon Importing Co., of Oklahoma is recalling about 6,970 units of Captain Cutlass Toy Pirate Pistols. These were sold nationwide at Halloween and specialty stores from April 2008 through May 2012 for about $6.50.

The recalled items are Captain Cutlass Pirate Pistol toys with a brown plastic grip, with engraved skull and crossbones, a black metallic stock and barrel, and a muzzle with an orange cap. The toy pistols have one trigger and two hammers. Manufactured by Ko Lik Manufacturing Ltd. In Hong Kong, China, the toy pistols’ surface paints contain excessive levels of lead in violation of the federal lead paint standard.
Consumers should immediately take away the pistol toys from children, and contact Dillon Importing Co. for instructions on returning the product.
At any point during the design and manufacturing process for toys and children’s products, significant failures may contribute to a product’s hazards, including (1) missteps during the early design stages; (2) inadequate testing to ensure safe performance; and (3) marketing efforts that include inadequate instructions and warnings, or even fail to include any relevant cautions. Even one act of negligence during the process from product’s conception to its sale can cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful death once the product reaches the homes, schools and workplaces of unsuspecting consumers.
If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a defective product or negligence, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.

About the Author: James Swartz
Mr. Swartz, our Managing and Principal Attorney at Swartz & Swartz P.C., is a nationally recognized and respected trial attorney as well as consumer advocate. His practice focuses on cases involving negligence, torts, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other claims involving catastrophic injuries.

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