The Consumer Product Safety Commission notifies consumers of toy recalls and keeps a list of its most wanted recalled toys. According to the CPSC, these toys are dangerous and should be taken away from children immediately. It is important that parents who own these toys follow through on the company's offer to replace the toy or issue a refund. That kind of accountability hits toy manufacturers where it hurts, at the bottom line.
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The CPSC and Family Dollar stores have announced the recall of 1.8 million toy dart gun sets sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores.
The "Auto Fire" toy dart gun playsets caused the asphyxiation deaths of two children, a 9-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy. Both children put the soft darts in their mouths and inhaled them into their throats. The suction cups caused the darts to get stuck and the children to stop breathing.
The toy dart gun playsets come in two colors, an orange and... yellow gun (pictured) and a blue and yellow gun. The darts have a small suction cup on one end. "Gordy Toy" for "Ages 8+" is printed on the packaging. The playsets were manufactured in China.
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Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. magnetic toys from Mega Brands contain tiny magnets that can come loose. If I child ingests or inhales small magnets they can connect inside the child's body and cause injury. These types of injuries can be fatal. The CPSC has received 19 reports of magnets coming loose from Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. products.
03 of 10
The CPSC has received 25 reports of small magnets detaching from the MagnaMan action figures. Fortunately no injuries have been reported.
04 of 10
Sadly, two toddlers have died after plastic nails that are part of this tool bench toy became lodged in their throats. While the nails are not considered small parts, Playskool has voluntarily recalled the toy. Parents who return the nails are eligible for a $50 certificate for a replacement toy.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
05 of 10
Tiny Love has recalled Wind Chime Toys because they can come apart and reveal sharp metal rods that could cause laceration or puncture injuries. The 800,000 recalled Wind Chime baby toys were manufactured in China and sold in the U.S. and Canada. Note that several types of baby Wind Chime Toys were recalled, not just the style pictured. Visit the CPSC website for more pictures of recalled toys.
06 of 10
Tinker Bell's Lil' Tinker Bracelet, Silvermist's Water Lily Necklace and Rosetta's Rosebud Key Chain toys have been recalled. The toys were all manufactured in China and imported by Playmates Toys. A metal connector that holds the charm contains unsafe levels of lead.
07 of 10
Sadly, the death of an 8-year-old boy in Texas prompted the recall of a toy dart gun set manufactured by in China by OKK Trading Inc. The CPSC said the recalled ACTION TEAM play set. The set has a toy gun with three soft rubber darts, a S.W.A.T. watch, a baton, walkie-talkie, a whistle, and a badge with a clip and an identification card. The soft, pliable orange plastic darts have a nearly 2 ½ inch long shaft and an approximately ¾ inch diameter suction cup. The toy gun is black with an orange... nose and trigger and red spring release mechanism. "Made in China" is printed on one side of the barrel.
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Target Dive Toys or Diving Game Toys have been recalled because they can remain upright under water, causing an impalement hazard for children. The CPSC banned pre-weighted dive sticks in 2001. 365,000 Target Dive Toys were manufactured in China.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The recalled NERF Blasters can catch the skin in the gun, causing cuts or blisters. The CPSC has received 46 reports of injuries to the face, neck and chest in children ages 4-12. The package reads, 'NERF N-Strike Recon Blasters." Parents can contact Hasbro for a free repair kit that eliminates the hazard.
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Several varities of toy Workshop Sets and trucks from Little Tikes contain red and blue plastic nails that can become caught in a child's throat and cause the child to choke. One child choked on the nails and made a full recovery.