Toy dart guns recalled after two children choke to death

Recalled dart gun. Picture from CPSC

WASHINGTON (AP) - The asphyxiation deaths of two boys prompted
the government Monday to announce the recall of 1.8 million toy
dart gun sets.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said a 9-year-old boy in
Chicago and a 10-year-old boy in Milwaukee 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 their
The dart gun sets were sold nationwide at Family Dollar stores.
"We want parents to know about the risks to children during the
preteen years that can come from aspirating these toy darts,"
warned CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.
The dart gun sets were imported by Henry Gordy International in
New Jersey. CPSC says Henry Gordy refused to recall the dart set so
Family Dollar Stores worked with the agency on recalling the
Henry Gordy International could not be reached for comment. A
published number for the company has been disconnected.
Family Dollar, based just outside of Charlotte, N.C., said the
company hasn't sold the dart sets in more than a year but agreed to
the recall as a way to alert customers who purchased the product.
The "Auto Fire" toy dart set was sold exclusively at Family
Dollar stores from September 2005 through January 2009 for about
The orange darts measure just over an inch in length and have a
small suction cup at one end with a diameter of about a-half inch.
"Gordy Toy" is printed on the packaging.
The agency advises people to immediately take the dart gun sets
from children and discard them. Family Dollar will offer a refund.

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