Last week, Shims Bargain Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
announced a voluntary recall of 45,000 “BabyTown” Pacifiers
due to choking hazard concerns.
The concerns stem from a number of issues. The pacifier is small enough in size that it can easily enter an infant’s mouth. The ventilation holes are too small and not positioned in a way that the pacifier can be easily removed from a child’s mouth. The packaging that the pacifier comes in fails to warn parents that tying the pacifier around a baby’s neck might lead to strangulation. The pacifiers do not meet federal safety standards.
The “BabyTown” Pacifiers that are being recalled come in a 4-pack with the model number 39864.
Choking hazards that can cause injury to children and infants are a popular reason for many recent recalls. Just last month, five recalls were announced because of choking hazards worries:
- Tot Tower Blocks by eeBoo Corp
- Empire Silver Due Teething Rings
- MTC Super Magnet Toys
- Stuffer Bears sold exclusively on Victoria’s Secret’s Web site
- Infantino Infant Teethers
A child or infant can choke if a small object gets stuck in the throat.
If the child cannot breathe for an extended period of time because their
airways are blocked, brain damage or death can ensue.
Children—especially babies and toddlers—are already at high risk of choking because they have a tendency to put things in their mouths. Toys and teething rings for children in these age groups should be designed so that kids won’t accidentally choke on them. Choking hazard warnings should be included on toys that can be accidentally swallowed so parents will know not to buy them until the kids are old enough to use them properly.
Over 10,000 children are seen by doctors in emergency rooms every year because of choking hazard-related injuries.
Please contact our products liability law firm to speak to one of our consumer protection lawyers to discuss your child’s choking hazard injury case that you believe was caused by a defective product.
Shims Bargain Recalls Pacifiers Due to Choking Hazard, CPSC.gov
Children And Choking Hazards, CBS News, August 18, 2004
Related Web Resources:
Prevent Your Child From Choking, FDA
2007 Choking Hazard Product Recalls, New York State Department of Health
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