Over the course of decades, the toy industry has produced and sold numerous products that pose ingestion and choking hazards for oral-age children. Often, the hazards are related to small parts that can detach, and can fit into the airway if ingested, with the potential to cause brain damage or death.
Unfortunately, some manufacturers, distributors and retailers have not heeded lessons from the past. Infinitoy Inc. of San Mateo, California is recalling more than 7,000 of its Super Safari Set model #30025 and the Deluxe Circus Train Set model #30040. The plastic hats found on playset figures pose a choking/aspiration hazard for children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the government agency charged with oversight of product safety in the United States, is aware of at least one recent incident in which an 18-month-old child placed a hat in their mouth and started to gag/choke.
The sets come in a white box with “Softimals. Build, Play, Repeat” and “Ages 1 ½ to 5” printed in a colorful font on the front and back of the package. The sets have numerous plastic pieces that can be connected and fit together to build a vehicle pulling cars with a hippo, giraffe, zebra and other animals. The drivers of the lead vehicles, Safari Sam and Mighty Mike, have removable blue or yellow plastic hats.
This recent recall is a reminder to all parents and caregivers – Please be vigilant regarding not only the design of toys, but also the packaging and inserts with small parts warnings and instructions.
Toys and children’s products may be hazardous because of a defective design, or due to poor manufacturing, misleadingly advertised, inaccurate labels, or inadequate cautions or warnings. If you have questions about these issues, feel free to contact Swartz and Swartz PC at (617) 742-1900 or Toll Free at (800) 545-3732.