The deaths of two children 2010 (in two separate incidents) has resulted in a rethinking of an old safety standard for toys and the mandatory recall of 1.8 million toy dart gun sets. In each incident the child suffocated after inhaling the darts when the suction cups blocked their airways. The recall was ordered only after the second death, even though they occurred nine months apart, because the safety standard at the time was based on the assumption that children over the age of three generally will not put something unsafe in their mouth.
Toys can often pose unexpected dangers to children, and it is an ongoing struggle by federal regulators to discover the risky items and to keep them out of the marketplace. Unfortunately their efforts sometimes fail with resulting tragedy. The efforts of trial lawyers are a major factor in deterring manufacturers from producing and selling unsafe toys.