Federal regulations require that toys intended for small children under
the age of three meet rigorous safety standards. Most importantly, the
regulations ban toys that are or have small parts, or that produce small
parts when broken. The intent is to prevent deaths and injuries caused
by small children choking on, inhaling, or swallowing small objects that
they may put in their mouths.
Unfortunately, not all toy manufacturers adhere to the safety standards.
As a result, toys are frequently recalled for posing choking hazards.
The latest recall involves approximately 14,000 Sardines and Starfish
Fishing Games sold by Juratoys U.S. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The fishing
game allows children to pick up a toy fish using a play fishing rod with
a magnetic worm.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the end
of the fishing pole line features a small plastic worm which can separate,
creating small parts which are a potential choking hazard to children.
Additionally, the small magnet contained inside the worm can become loose
and fall out. As we have previously highlighted on this San Diego Injury
Blog, swallowing multiple magnets can cause serious internal injuries
in children and adults.
The toymaker has received about 417 reports of the plastic worm at the
end of the fishing pole line separating and releasing small parts, including
four reports of children ingesting a small part. Thankfully, no injuries
have been reported.
For parents who are concerned that their child may own the recalled fishing
game, it was sold online at www.citruslane.com, www.burrogoods.com, www.terratoys.com,
www.patinastores.com, as well as at numerous retail stores including Patina,
Burro, and Terra Toys from April 2015 through August 2015 for approximately
$15 to $20. The recall notice further describes the toy as follows:
The Sardine fishing game comes in a sardine-shaped tin, which is painted
white and red with a yellow eye. The container has product number J08152
printed on the bottom the tail and on the rear of one of the fish pieces
inside. Similarly, the Starfish fishing game is packaged in an orange
starfish-shaped tin. This item is identified by product number J08153,
which is both printed on the underside of the container and on one of
the fish pieces. Each tin package features the word “Janod®” on the lid.
Given the serious choking and magnet ingestion risks, parents and caregivers
should immediately stop using the recalled games and keep them out of
the reach of young children. Consumers should contact Juratoys for a prepaid
shipping envelope to return the game and obtain a full refund.