Deaths of 2 Boys Lead to Toy Dart Gun Recall

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A toy dart gun that was sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores has been recalled due to the deaths of two young boys who died of asphyxiation after swallowing the darts. Family Dollar is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to voluntarily recall 1.8 million of these toys.

“Early Show” Consumer Correspondent Susan Koeppen reported the story of 10-year-old Desman Young of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who was playing with a classmate’s toy dart gun during recess. He was chewing on a dart when it slipped down his throat and he began convulsing from lack of oxygen. CPR was performed, but he died the next day at the hospital.

A 9-year-old boy from Chicago also died of asphyxiation after swallowing the small toy darts. According to the CPSC, airway obstruction from small parts is one of the leading causes of toy-related deaths in children under the age of 15.

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Family Dollar, based in Charlotte NC, is recalling the “Auto Fire” target set, sold exclusively in their stores for $1.50 from September 2005 to January 2009. The dart guns were manufactured in China and imported into the US by Henry Gordy International Inc, of Plainfield NJ.

The set is sold with either an orange and yellow toy gun, item #P238, or a blue and yellow gun, item #9328. The set also includes eight orange darts, about one inch in length with a small suction cup at one end, and a small black, yellow, red and green target board with numbers from 1 to 20. The gun’s item number is located on one side of the handle in raised lettering. “Gordy Toy for Ages 8+” is printed on the packaging.

Consumers should either throw out the toys or return them to Family Dollar for a refund. For more information, contact Family Dollar at 800-547-0359 between 8am and 5pm ET Monday through Friday, or visit the website at www.familydollar.com.

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