The Manhattan Toy Company announced a product defect recall of its “Manhattan Ball” activity toys because it could be a choking hazard. According to a news report, the toy has been sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and online since July 2019. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the toy is being recalled because the plastic tubes can detach from the center ball and release the small silicone teethers that are threaded on the tubes. This could pose a potential choking hazard for young children.
Reports of Choking Dangers
Manhattan Toy said they received six reports of the plastic tubes detaching from the center ball. Two of these incidents included a silicone teether being separated from the toy. Also, there was one report of a child mouthing the silicone teether after it came off.
The CPSC is urging consumers to take these recalled toys away from children right away and contact the toy company or return it to any Target store for a full refund. About 22,100 units were sold nationwide. For more information, call Manhattan Toy toll-free at 1-800-541-1345 or email [email protected]
Toys and Choking Hazards
A choking hazard is any object that could be caught in a child’s throat blocking their airway and making it difficult or impossible to breathe. For parents and caregivers, it is very important to follow the age limit and avoid toys with small parts for young children. If you’re not sure which toys present choking hazards, it’s a good idea to get a small parts tester and pay attention to toys that have been recalled.
A small parts tester is also known as a “choke tube.” It is designed to see what objects are small enough to be choking hazards to children 3 and younger. If the object fits in the tester, then it is too small for your child to play with. If your child chokes on any object, call 911. Also, take a CPR class to better prepare yourself for emergencies.
If your loved one has been injured as the result of a defective toy, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. Victims and their families would also be well advised to contact an experienced product defect lawyer who will fight for their rights and hold the negligent manufacturers accountable.