Newport News, Virginia (VA), importer Fun Stuff Inc. recalled tens of thousands of infant and toddler toys on September 14, 2010 because the Chinese-made rubber toys can snap when overstretched and pose a choking hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission joined Fun Stuff in announcing the recall of Click Armband Bracelets, Klick Klick Balls and BoBo Balls.
The CPSC has received at least one report of a 21-month-old child choking on a ball that came loose from one of the toys. Anyone who experiences problems with the recalled products should also contact the agency by clicking here.
Fun Stuff sold the potentially dangerous toys in beach and resort souvenir shops, such as those that line the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach and the seaside roads on the Outer Banks of North Carolina (NC). This gives the recall particular relevance to readers of this blog.
Each year, companies and the CPSC order hundreds of products that can and have injured or killed young children off the U.S. market. Cribs, strollers and window blinds with cords have made headlines repeatedly over the past year, but any product that imperils the youngest and most vulnerable members of our families must be taken out of our homes and off store shelves.
The harm from the Fun Stuff toys thankfully appears limited and minor. Too often, however, children get killed or disabled by products their parents never should have been able to buy in the first place. I applaud the CPSC and Fun Stuff for their quick action in this case, even as I hope such recalls stop being necessary.
About the Editors: The Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, whose attorneys work out of offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, Eastern Shore Virginia Injury Attorneys Blog and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono services.