Roughly 680,000 Oball baby rattles were recalled for potential choking hazards. This product was sold around the country by large retailers like Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Target. Its manufacturer, Kids II, has already received 42 reports that the plastic disc component of the toy broke. This disc contains small beads which could cause choking in young children. So far, 3 kids were reported to have gagged while playing with the toy, while two others reportedly had the tiny beads in their mouths.
Consumers who purchased Oball rattles are strongly advised to take the rattles away from their kids. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also urge consumers to contact the manufacturer to get a full refund. The rattles are four-inch-wide blue, pink, green and orange balls with clear plastic discs and finger holes. They were sold from January 2016 to February 2017.
Personal Injuries from Toys
Hospital emergency rooms treat an estimated 217,000 children every year for toy-related injuries. Non-powered scooters and tricycles are the leading cause of injuries. Choking is the second most common toy-related injury and the ones at greater risk are kids under 3. They have this tendency to put anything they can get their hands on, inside their mouths. Moreover, their upper airways are smaller than those of older kids.
How to Prevent Choking
Young children are always at risk of choking when playing with small toys, even those that meet certain safety standards. Parents and guardians should always be wary in choosing toys for their toddlers and babies. All components and parts should be bigger than 1.75 inches (about the width of a toilet paper roll). That means if the toy can fit inside a toilet paper roll, then it’s not safe for your child. You should also check the recall list from the CPSC website to make sure the toy you’re buying is not on it.
If your child has been injured due to a toy’s defect or a design flaw, get in touch with an experienced product defect attorney to know your legal rights and options.
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