As it turns out, toy guns might be just as dangerous as real guns.

On February 3, 2010, the New York Times reported that Dollar General announced a recall of toy guns that have a design defect which poses a choking hazard to children.  The irony?  The dangerous piece in question is the part that is meant to distinguish the toy gun from an actual firearm.

So far, no childrens injuries or fatal choking accidents have been documented in conjunction with this product liability, but our firm’s personal injury attorneys in San Diego  know that just because an accident hasn’t happened yet does not mean a personal injury or wrongful death won’t happen in the future.

Toy guns at Dollar General stores are being recalled due to the choking hazard they present to children (Source:

Both the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Dollar General have released information that the orange tip of the toy gun’s barrel, the part of the item meant to indicate that it is not a real weapon, can very easily pop off and children could suffocate on these tips if they tried to swallow them.  Parents might give their child the toy, let them go off and play, and not be able to give their son or daughter sufficient medical treatment in time if the tip gets lodged in the wind pipe, which might possibily cause a traumatic brain injury or loss of life due to lack of oxygen.

During product recalls such as this one, there are usually indicators to know if a company is doing all they can to take the dangerous products out of the hand consumers.  This one seems to have positive signs, with Dollar General voluntarily recalling the defective toys and working closely with the CPSC  to help customers that bought the toy.

Toy packs labeled “Special Forces Weapons and Accessories Set”, as well as “SWAT Police Play Equipment Set”, were sold in 35 states at Dollar General stores from September to October of 2009.  The product recall is specifically targeting the larger gun in the package with the number 48JQH09 printed on the right side.

Our firm’s personal injury attorneys do not want to see you, your children, or your family hurt from defective product.  If you have any questions, contact the CSPC or a Dollar General store for a full refund or replacement.  Fake guns usually do not hurt people, but in this case, its best to put the safety of you children first and follow this recall.

If you were injured by something you bought and think that you might deserve compensation, then call our bilingual law offices right away at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney and find out how we can help you.  We look forward to providing good advice for your case.  There is no fee if no recovery.

Your Take

Do you know of any other children’s toys on the market that pose a similar problem?  Would you take this toy away from your son or daughter, even though no injuries have been reported?

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