Toy Workshop Sets Pose Choking Hazard in New York, Nationwide

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced recently that Little Tikes has expanded its recall of toy workshop and tool sets because of choking hazards for small children.

You’d think by now companies who create children’s toys wouldn’t create small, plastic pieces that are easily swallowed by kids. Defective children’s products in Washington D.C., New York, Florida and throughout the country pose a health risk to young kids everywhere.

Our New York product liability lawyers never like talking with family members of someone who died because a product didn’t work like it was supposed to. It’s heart-breaking when a child is lost because they choked on a toy that had design flaws. The bottom line is these companies must be held liable for their negligence.

It’s inexcusable that companies rush their designs to the production lines just to make more money — particularly when those products are marketed to families with young children.

It’s October, which means the holiday season is just ahead of us. Many people will be shopping for toys for family members and their own children. This is a time for parents to be extremely cautious of new toys and to keep an eye on infants and toddlers, who are more apt to put toys in their mouths.

According to the CPSC, Little Tikes, a Hudson, Ohio company, recently expanded its recall of the Little Tikes Workshop and Tool Sets. More than 1.7 units, on top of the 1.6 million that were recalled in August 2009 are now being recalled.

The oversized, plastic toy nails have been identified as being a choking hazard to young children. There have been two incidents in which small children choked on the toy nail after it became lodged in their throat. The CPSC reports both children were treated at a hospital and made full recoveries.

The toy nails are a little more than 3 inches by 1 inch and are made with soft plastic, easily able to be swallowed by young children. These sets were sold nationwide and with millions of them sold, the company brought in millions of dollars between 1990 and 2004. The sets sold between $25 and $100.

The company should be contacted if you have purchased this set in order to get a refund. Little Tikes can be contacted at 1-800-321-0183 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST.

Please take note of product recalls, which can range from children’s toys to products that cause electrical short circuits to vehicles that have a problem with the braking system. Companies often bypass safety and sacrifice it to make more money. This is a shame, but it’s something we must live with in these competitive times in the global marketplace. This means consumers must be even more diligent in checking products for safety concerns.

The Ferraro Law Firm represents people injured by recalled or defective products throughout the country. Call 1-800-275-3332 for a free and confidential consultation. Offices in Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

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Macy’s Fined $750,000 For Failing to Report it Sold Children’s Clothes That Posed Choke Hazard: July 19, 2011+

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