Toy dart gun recalled after two child deaths

Posted on May 19, 2010

1.8 million toy dart gun sets were recalled by the U.S. Product Safety Commission after two children accidentally inhaled the darts and suffocated when the suction cups blocked their airways.

The product was manufactured in China and distributed by Henry Gordy International for sale at the Family Dollar.

The deaths have safety officials rethinking an old safety standard that children over the age of 3 won't put something unsafe in their mouths.

The two deaths, one in Chicago and one in Milwaukee, occurred nine months apart. The first death occurred over three years ago and both the importer and the federal government knew about it. The company did not recall the product, because at the time, they had not violated any safety standard.

The families are both filing suit against Henry Gordy. The importer still maintains they did nothing wrong. It was in fact, Family Dollar that pulled the product from shelves.

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