A Minneapolis company is recalling thousands of toy llamas after reports of screws falling off and creating a choking hazard for young children have surfaced. According to a report in the Star Tribune, the recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and involved about 4,000 Musical Lili Llama wooden toys created by the Manhattan Toy Co. The company received seven reports of loose screws falling off the toy including two reports of children putting the screws in their mouths. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, the CPSC said.
The toys, which were made in China, are sold for $50 and were sold in stores nationwide and online from October 2019 through February for about $50. Manhattan Toy said the faulty screws are the ones that attack spinning flowers. If the loose screws are discovered, consumers are urged to order a repair kit by calling 1-800-541-1345. Manhattan Toy makes more than 500 products in 12 main factories in Asia.
How Choking Occurs
Choking occurs when a piece of food, an object, or a liquid blocks the throat. Children often choke as a result of placing foreign objects into their mouths. Sometimes, especially for young children, choking can be dangerous and cause life-threatening complications. A person who is choking may cough continuously until they expel the food or liquid from their throat or airway.
However, in some cases, the object, food, or liquid gets stuck in the throat and cuts off the air supply. A person who is choking may be unable to speak, cough, make any kind of noise or breathe. They may also have a bluish tint to the lips, skin or nails due to lack of oxygen.
Tips to Avoid Choking with Toys
Here are a few useful tips for parents and caregivers to help avoid choking in young children:
- Don’t let your toddlers play with small toys and parts. Children in this age group still tend to put things in their mouths. This can cause them to choke on small objects.
- Make sure the toys they play with are sturdy and that no small parts such as buttons, noses, eyes or other parts, can break off the toy.
- Do not allow your child to play with latex balloons. They are a common choking hazard.
- Check under furniture and between seat cushions for choking risks such as coins, marbles, buttons, or watch batteries.
- Don’t allow your child to play on beanbag chairs that contain small foam pellets, which can also pose choking hazards.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product, please contact an experienced product defect lawyer to obtain more information regarding pursuing your legal rights.