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Two child deaths prompt dart set recall

Two child deaths prompt dart set recall

These darts sets were sold at Family Dollar Stores and are being recalled after two child deaths.

by Terri Gruca / KVUE News

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Posted on May 17, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Updated Monday, May 17 at 9:41 AM

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents to make sure they don’t have one of the 1.8 million toy dart gun sets sold at Family Dollar Stores. Two boys have died because of them, a 9 year old from Chicago and a 10 year old from Milwaukee.

If a child places the soft, pliable plastic toy dart in his/her mouth, the toy can be inhaled into the throat and prevent the child from breathing.

The toy dart guns, imported by Henry Gordy International Inc., of Plainfield, N.J., were sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores. Family Dollar is working cooperatively with CPSC to announce this recall because Henry Gordy International has refused to recall the toy dart gun sets.

The "Auto Fire" toy target set is sold with either an orange and yellow toy gun (item #P238) or a blue and yellow toy gun (item #9328), eight orange darts and a small target with numbers from 1 to 20. The gun's item number is located on one side of the handle in raised lettering. The soft plastic darts measure just over one inch in length and have a small suction cup at one end with a diameter of about ½ inch. The target board is black, yellow, red and green, and measures five inches in diameter. "Gordy Toy" for "Ages 8+" is printed on the packaging.

The toy sets were sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores nationwide from September 2005 through January 2009 for about $1.50.

Consumers should immediately take the toy target sets from children and discard them. Consumers can also return the guns and darts to a Family Dollar store for a full refund. For additional information, contact Family Dollar at (800) 547-0359 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. 

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