Babies come with a variety of accessories. Some of these accessories are essential; others are nice to have but not absolutely necessary. Regardless of whether the accessory is essential, the California parent expects that the accessory will be safe. Baby items that prove to be unsafe can be a serious consumer protection problem for both the company and the consumer.
Rattles are one item that many parents feel are essential items. They keep the baby entertained and teach the baby about playtime. Rattles come in many different shapes and sizes; however, they are each designed to safely allow the baby to hold it, shake it, gum it and play with it.
Recently, however, one particular rattle was recalled due to a potential choking hazard for babies. Apparently, the clear plastic cover on the Kids II Oball Rattle is prone to break. Inside of this cover are small beads. These small beads can present a choking hazard to the baby playing with the rattle.
The rattles affected were produced over 13 months and sold at a number of major retailers both online and in stores. The company has issued a recall for the items. To date, approximately 40 of these rattles have broken.
Many California parents are very careful in the items they allow their children to play with. This is done out of concern for the child’s safety and well-being. When a child is injured as the result of an item that has been shown to be a consumer protection concern, the parent may want to review the situation with legal counsel to determine the appropriate course of action.
Source: myfox8.com, “680,000 baby rattles recalled due to choking hazard“, March 3, 2017