Child's Asphyxiation Death Prompts Recall of Toy Dart Gun Play Set

The asphyxiation death of an 8-year-old boy has prompted the recall of 22,000 toy dart gun play sets. OKK Trading says if a child places the soft, pliable plastic dart in his/her mouth, he/she is likely to swallow the dart, impairing the child's ability to breathe. If the dart is not immediately removed, brain damage or death can occur. OKK Trading have received one report of the November 2007 death of an 8-year-old boy in Port Arthur, Texas. The child reportedly was chewing on the toy dart when he inadvertently swallowed it and it became lodged in his throat blocking his ability to breathe.

The "ACTION TEAM" play set has a toy gun with three soft rubber darts, a S.W.A.T. watch, a baton, walkie-talkie, a whistle, and a badge with a clip and an identification card. The soft, pliable orange plastic darts have a nearly 2 ½ inch long shaft and an approximately ¾ inch diameter suction cup. The toy gun is black with an orange nose and trigger and red spring release mechanism. "Made in China" is printed on one side of the barrel.

The recalled toys have been sold nationwide from December 2006 through March 2008 for about $1.

If your child has this toy, you're urged to take it away from them immediately. You can contact OKK Trading for a $3 refund.


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