On May 17, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled 1.8 million toy dart gun sets, due to an aspiration hazard. CPSC and Family Dollar Stores (the exclusive retailer) received reports of two asphyxiation deaths involving a 9-year-old boy in Chicago, Ill. and a 10-year-old boy in Milwaukee, Wis.

If a child places the soft, pliable plastic toy dart in his/her mouth, the toy can be inhaled into the throat and prevent the child from breathing.

As of the date of the initial recall, the importer of the toys – Henry Gordy International Inc., of Plainfield, N.J. – refused to join in the recall.

The “Auto Fire” toy target set was sold with either an orange and yellow toy gun, or a blue and yellow toy gun, along with eight orange darts and a small target with numbers from 1 to 20. The soft plastic darts measure just over one inch in length and have a small suction cup at one end with a diameter of about ½ inch. The toy sets were sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores nationwide from September 2005 through January 2009.

If your child has experienced a catastrophic injury or wrongful death due to use of toys such as dart guns, or other playthings with small parts, contact the Boston law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.. We will answer your questions and protect your legal rights. Speak with a personal injury lawyer today by calling (617) 742-1900, or toll free outside of Boston, 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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