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Chicago injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti read about the recent product recall involving injuries to children and wanted to share the important recall information with our readers. The asphyxiation deaths of two boys, including one Chicago wrongful death, have prompted the government to announce a product recall of 1.8 million toy dart guns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated that a 9 year-old boy in Chicago and a 10 year-old boy in Milwaukee both died after they chewed on the one-inch soft plastic darts, which slipped into their throats. The small suction cup part of the dart cut off the children’s breathing. The dart guns were sole nationwide extensively at Family Dollar stores.

Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman warned that parents should know about the risks to children during the preteen years that can come from aspirating these toy darts. The dart gun sets were imported by Henry Gordy International in New Jersey. CPSC stated that the New Jersey company refused to issue a product recall for the dart set, so Family Dollar worked with the agency on recalling the product. Family Dollar stated that the company has not sold the dart sets in more than a year, but wanted to issue the product recall so that customers who purchased the product in the past would be alerted. The agency advises people to immediately take the toy dart gun sets from children and discard them. Family Dollar will offer a refund. Chicago accident lawyers urge parents and guardians to examine the toys that their children have for toys that are potentially injurious.

To read more about the product recall affecting children, click the link.

A company has agreed to pay a product liability settlement in the amount of $200,000. The settlement will settle allegations that it violated U.S. law when it imported the Thomas and Friends, Curious George, and Winnie the Pooh toys that had high levels of lead in them and posed dangers to children who used the toys. The Consumer Product Safety Commission had alleged that the company imported tens of thousands of toys that violated the federal lead paint ban and then distributed them to retail stores.

Click here to read more about the product liability settlement.

Teen fashion clothing store Aeropostale and Saks outlet stores have pulled from its shelves necklaces that had high levels of toxic metal in them. Environmental groups tested the necklaces and the necklaces showed to have high levels of cadmium, which could be harmful to consumers. Aeropostale has gone one step further, saying that no cadmium will be acceptable in its jewelry and suppliers will have to prove that products are clean with independent lab testing. Lately, cheap metal jewelry warn by children and often imported from China have been the focus of federal regulators, lawmakers, and retailers because of potential product liability.

To read more about the cadmium in jewelry, click here.

The Chicago Tribune reported this week that the United States government is planning on cracking down on dangerous child products – aiming at toxic metals in child products. In addition to federal watchdogs, Illinois watchdogs have opened a new challenge trying to keep poisons out of Chinese imported products. Regulators stated that Asian manufacturers cannot substitute other toxins for lead in children’s jewelry. Regulators have started a search into cadmium found in products around the United States. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will form standards to cover toxic metals in children’s products after the report of cadmium in children’s bracelets and pendants imported from China.

To read more about the dangerous child products targeted by the government crack down.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a product recall for military toy figures. The toys contain lead paint and consumers are advised to stop using the toys immediately unless otherwise instructed. Almost 2100 military toy figures were sold at Dollar Stores and other discount retail stores from 2008 through 2009. Violating the federal lead paint standard, the surface paint on the toy contains excessive levels of lead. If you think you purchased a recalled toy, visit

For more information on the military toy figures product recall, click here.

As many people celebrate the holidays, it is important to remember to practice safety with new electronics or toys. The attorneys at Levin & Perconti have highlighted many product recalls recently, including Children’s Plush Books and Children’s Hoodie-style sweatshirts.

For the most recent and updated information on product recalls, please check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Please enjoy your holidays and be safe!

The attorneys at Levin & Perconti just blogged about a product recall affecting children – the children’s hoodie recall – and unfortunately, now we have to blog about another product recall affecting children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), in cooperation with a book company, has issued a voluntary product recall on “Monday the Bullfrog Plush Books.” The books have been recalled due to choking hazard for children. The Monday the Bullfrog Plush Book product – which is manufactured in China – sold about 142,000 at retail stores across the country to consumers. Anyone who has purchased the book is advised to stop using the book immediately.
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The Chicago Tribune released a story today about a consumer group is contending that this season’s “must have” toy is an unsafe product. Since the “Black Friday” shopping bonanza day, the Zhu Zhu hamster toys have been extremely popular; however, a recent study has highlighted potential concern. A study by a San Francisco group stated that higher-than-allowed levels of antimony (which can cause health problems) were found on the hair and nose of the toys hamsters. Antimony was measured at 93 parts per million in the hamster’s fur and 106 parts per million in its nose. Both of these readings exceed the allowable level of 60 parts per million. Despite this study, the toy’s maker insisted that its product is safe and has passed rigorous safety testing.
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Today is expected to be one of the biggest shopping days of the year. In the hectic atmosphere of finding the best deals, Levin & Perconti wanted to highlight what toys to avoid. Many toys have been recalled because of product liability concerns. Some of the toys are choking hazards, others pose burn hazards, and other contain excessive amounts of lead. More information on all of the following toys and additional recalled products are available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has fined Target for selling toys that post personal injury risks to children due to lead paint. The fine is $600,000 for violating the government lead paint ban on toys.

To read more about the lead toy ban.

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