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Child’s Toy Turns Deadly; Philadelphia Parents Warned of Personal Injury Risk

May 18, 2010

From the perspective of the The Pearce Law Firm, injuries to children can be very devastating. A child’s toy dart game that was sold between September 2005 and January 2009 by Family Dollar stores caused the death of two children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in issuing a recent warning on its website. Two young boys, a 9-year-old in Chicago and a 10-year-old in Milwaukee, suffocated to death while playing with the Auto Fire target set. In separate incidents, both boys were asphyxiated when the colorful 1-inch darts lodged in their throats. The darts were designed to be shot from plastic toy guns at a target board. In issuing a recall of 1.8 million Auto Fire dart-gun toys, the Consumer Product Safety Commission urged Philadelphia parents to immediately discard the toys.

With summer coming, children will soon be out of school which means more time for play. When parents purchase toys for their children they should be able to anticipate a summer full of fun, not tragedy. Philadelphia parents who purchase age-appropriate toys should be able to rely on manufacturers’ and distributors’ packaging and marketing. Toys marked as appropriate for children of a certain age should not present a personal injury risk or possibility of wrongful death to children in that age group and older who play with them. Read more here.

Tragically, too often hazardous toys are not removed from the market until after several children suffer serious personal injuries or die. Often Philadelphia personal injury lawyers ring the first warning bell when they pursue legal damages for victims injured by a toy or for their families when a child dies. Money talks and Edith Pearce takes action. When corporations refuse to act on consumer complaints about their products, the cost of personal injury lawsuits often gains their attention and forces them to initiate proper safety measures.

Posted in: Products Liability