Two choking deaths have prompted officials to recall 1.8 million toy dart guns sold at dollar stores nationwide.
The safety recall affects the “Auto Fire” toy target set, which includes a dart gun, a dart board and small, pliable plastic darts sold exclusively at Family Dollar Stores (Stock Quote: FDO).
The choking deaths involved a 9-year-old boy in Chicago and a 10-year-old boy in Milwaukee who inhaled the darts and asphyxiated, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The set’s packaging indicates that it’s recommended for kids age 8 and up.
Despite the deaths, the toys’ importer, Henry Gordy International, has refused to recall the dart gun sets, but Family Dollar and the CPSC are working together on the recall instead.
The sets were sold between September 2005 and January 2009 for about $1.50.
The recall follows concerns that choking deaths appear to be occurring in children much older than expected, as MainStreet reported.
And more than half of choking incidents involve non-food items, so toddlers aren’t the only ones putting small, inedible objects in their mouths, according to the Archives of Otolaryngology.
Consumers are urged to take the toy dart gun sets away from children immediately and can either discard them or bring them back to a Family Dollar store for a refund.
For more information, visit cpsc.gov.