On January 22, 2014, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled about 1,900 donut-shaped polyester knit fabric baby rattles with heads and arms to resemble a bear, monkey and a lion. The head on the rattle can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. The rattles were imported and distributed by Midwest-CBK LLC, of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and were sold at small gift stores from July 2013 through December 2013 for about $10.
Small-parts hazards are of particular concern regarding products that are intended for use by babies, with the expectation babies will put the items in their mouths. Such reported defects are a stark reminder that toys and children’s products reaching retail shelves are not necessarily safe. Parents and caregivers should carefully inspect any such products before giving them to children.
If you have questions or concerns about baby rattles, or other toys or children’s products, please contact us. We will answer any questions you might have, and can advise regarding your legal rights.