May 2010 Children’s Product Recalls

May 27th, 2010 - 12:28 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

May 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) This month has been rather rough for parents since there have been large amounts of recalls for May 2010 on children’s products. Although there have been many explanations which were speculated to be the cause of this, the most common reason seems to be companies attempting to cut costs.

One of the most recent recalls is for 44,000 security blankets which feature a pink giraffe. These are imported by Rashti & Rashti, and is a voluntary recall which was issued by both the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the manufacturer. Target is the exclusive seller of the blankets which may cause a choking hazard since, “The balls on top of the giraffe’s horns can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.” (CSPC Report) No injuries have been reported.

MotherCare Buggies, and Toy Dart Guns were also recalled this month. The Buggies are recalled from Step2, over safety concerns with their handles.The buggies in question have a yellow pin which holds in the steering handle, and can cause loss of control if the pin comes lose. Newer models with the screw in pins are not being recalled.

The toy dart guns have caused 2 death, and was recalled by the US government, since the Henry Gordy Company, which produced the toy guns were no where to be found. Two boys, aged 9 and 10 were killed after chewing on the rubber soft tips of the gun darts, and choking after the rubber became lodged in their throats, cutting off their air. Family Dollar, with the help of an agency is recalling around 1.8 million of the toy dart gun sets, and any parent which has the ‘Auto Fire’ set in their home is asked to take it away from their kids immediately. They will be issued a refund. Henry Gordy refused to recall the darts, and was not available for comment. The published phone number for Henry Gordy International was disconnected after attempts were made to contact them.

These are just a few of the product recalls for kids during May of 2010. For a complete list of this month’s product recalls from the CSPC, you can visit the website here.

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