Two children’s toys were recalled over the course of roughly two months due to choking hazards. The first of the recalls involved a baby rattle; the recall was instituted on April 26, 2012.
The Unsafe Children’s Rattle
The recalled rattle was the Whoozit Starry Time Rattle manufactured by the Manhattan Group LLC of Minneapolis MN. The rattles have three colors of stars on them—aqua, orange and purple—and have two clear spheres with a bendable stem, according to the press release. The spheres, which are mounted on both ends of the rattle, can break. If they do break, they can cause the small items inside to spill out, creating a choking hazard for the child playing with the toy.
These toys were sold all across the nation and Canada. They can be brought back to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.
The Toys “R” Us Imanginarium Activity Center
The Toys “R” Us Imanginarium Activity Center was recalled on May 30, 2012. The product presents a choking hazard to children.
The device is a five-sided activity center that contains blocks and a xylophone. The hazard comes from the xylophone. The keys on the device are attached by round, wooden knops. These can detach, creating a choking hazard for the child playing with the toy. These toys were sold exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores across the US from August 2009 through September of 2010, according to the press report. There are about 24,000 of these toys that were sold. They can be brought back to the store for a full refund. There have been no injuries associated with these toys, but 8 incidents of the wooden knobs detaching had been reported as of the recall press release.
With any unsafe children’s products, the usual course of action recommended is that it be brought back to the store where it was purchased and exchanged for a refund. Sometimes, the manufacturer will take the products back directly. Either way, parents should immediately take the toy away from their children for safety’s sake. It is illegal to sell a recalled item, so do not attempt to sell these off to someone else.
Was your child injured by this defective children’s toy?
If your child has been injured, you may want to consider contacting an Unsafe Children’s Product Attorney and product liability lawyer about the matter to see if you have a strong enough claim to merit taking it to court for compensation.