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Defective kids' products: Grumpy Cat toys pose choking risk

One of the most common defects among children's toys is that they pose a choking hazard. As parents know, young children can put foreign objects in their mouths in the blink of an eye, and toy manufacturers and retailers are legally obliged to follow regulations meant to prevent dangerous toys from getting into the hands of children.

Parents in California should be aware of the recent recall of three kinds of toys that are dangerous to kids. You may have seen the frowning cat toys called Grumpy Cat at retail stores such as Target and Hot Topic. The toy is made by the Canadian company Ganz, which is partnering with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to conduct the recall of three kinds of Grumpy Cat products. 

The eyes on the Grumpy Cat toys can get detached and pose a choking risk to children. The three toy styles being recalled are described as follows:

  • a 4-inch key clip
  • 5-inch cat that is lying down
  • an 8-inch cat that is sitting

A Ganz label is sewn into the products, which have batch numbers of 224861 and 86754. Parents who identify these items can return them for a refund.

Extensive regulations exist around the manufacture and sale of children's toys, but mistakes can occur at any point in the process of production. Maybe the product was badly designed, or maybe the manufacturer deviated from the provided specifications. In other cases, retailers fail to exercise due diligence before ordering and selling an unsafe toy.

Parents whose children have been injured by a defective product should be aware of the legal avenues for holding the responsible party accountable.

Source: Phoenix Business Journal, "Impurrfect: Grumpy Cat toys made by Ganz recalled over choking hazard," Hayley Ringle, March 19, 2014

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