Popular Swedish furniture and décor company, IKEA, is recalling one of their popular children’s toys due to concerns it is a choking hazard. On March 21, 2023, IKEA announced the recall of their Blavingad Fishing Games, urging parents to dispose of the toys immediately.
Defective or dangerous children’s product are a serious threat to consumers. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of children suffer injuries each year due to products that should have been safe, but weren’t. At Kherkher Garcia, LLP, our personal injury lawyers want families to be aware of potential dangers, such as choking hazards, and how to get help when an injury occurs.
Below, we offer information about the Blavingad Fishing Game recall, why toys may be recalled, and what parents can do if an injury occurs.
What is the Blavingad Fishing Game?
The Blavingad Fishing Game is part of the Blavingad collection of children’s products. This particular product is a game that is meant to spark curiosity and learning. The toy features wooden fish-shaped pieces with metal rivets that children can pick up with a wooden pole that has a magnet attached.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the small rivets may detach from the pieces, posing a choking hazard. The CPSC has received at least four complaints related to the product, but it is unknown if there are any injuries related to this toy.
Recall Information for Parents
The CPSC is urging parents to collect all pieces of the Blavingad Fishing Game and dispose of them to eliminate the choking hazard. IKEA is offering a full refund for the products. Parents can identify if their product is subject to the recall by the following:
- Blavingad Fishing Game
- Article Number: 10539622
- Supplier Number: 21576
- “Made in China” printed on the box
There are 11 pieces in the kit, plus the die. The toys were sold in stores and online between October 2022 and March 2023. There are around 25,000 units in the recall in the United States, and additional units in Canada.
Common Reasons for Toy Recalls
Recalls like this one highlight a much larger problem with dangerous or defective children’s products. The CPSC receives complaints and announces recalls related to children’s products on a regular basis.
Children’s products are subject to recalls for various reasons, but most often they are due to safety. Some of the most common reasons for recalls include:
- Safety Concerns: If a product poses a risk to consumer health or safety, the manufacturer or CPSC may recall it. This includes products that are defective, contaminated, or have labeling that is incorrect or misleading.
- Quality Issues: Products may be subject to recall if they do not meet the quality standards set by regulatory agencies or industry standards. This includes products that have defects, such as missing parts, or products that do not perform as they should.
- Regulatory Noncompliance: Products may be subject to recall if they do not meet regulatory requirements, such as failing to comply with labeling requirements or other safety standards set by government agencies.
- Customer Complaints: If a product receives a large number of customer complaints, it may be recalled. This could include issues such as defective products, poor quality, or misleading labeling.
- Manufacturing Errors: Products may be recalled if there are errors or defects in the manufacturing process that result in a product that is unsafe or does not meet quality standards.
In the case of the Blavingad Fishing Game, it appears that safety and quality are both at the heart of the issues with the product.
If you suspect that one of your child’s toys are defective or dangerous, it is important to stop use and contact the manufacturer as soon as possible.
How Parents Can Reduce the Risk of Choking Hazards
As parents, we want what is best for our children. We purchase products with the trust that they are safe and effective as intended. While we cannot control how products are manufactured or perform, there are things parents can do to be aware and be prepared to respond to a potential hazard.
Here are some general guidelines that may help parents identify choking hazards:
- Buy Age-Appropriate Toys: Make sure to choose toys that are appropriate for your child’s age. Young children may be more likely to put small objects in their mouths, so avoid toys with small parts that could be a choking hazard.
- Be Aware of Non-Food Choking Hazards: Small items such as buttons, coins, batteries, small magnets, and balloons can also be choking hazards. Keep these items out of reach of young children.
- Read Labels: Read the labels of products to identify choking hazards, such as age warnings, and follow any warnings or recommendations provided.
- Monitor Your Child: Keep a close eye on your child while they are eating or playing with toys, especially if they are young or prone to putting objects in their mouths. Be aware of any cues your child may make indicating that something is wrong.
- Learn CPR: In case of an emergency, knowing how to perform CPR can be lifesaving. This is a great skill for any parent to have.
It is always important to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions to prevent choking hazards. Sadly, child injuries occur to even the most conscientious and aware families. It is important that parents reach out for the help they need when an injury occurs.
What to do if Your Child is Injured by a Defective Toy
None of us want to consider what will happen if our children are injured or become ill. However, this is a reality for thousands of families each year. If your child is injured by a defective toy, there are several steps you can take to protect your child and their legal rights:
- Seek Medical Attention: If your child suffers an injury, seek medical attention immediately. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need to take your child to the emergency room or to a doctor.
- Preserve Evidence: Do not throw away the defective toy or any packaging that came with it. Keep it in a safe place as evidence. Even the smallest choking hazard is important evidence.
- Contact the Manufacturer: Contact the manufacturer of the toy and inform them of the injury. Provide details of the injury, the defective toy, and any relevant information.
- Report the Incident: Report the incident to the CPSC. The CPSC is responsible for regulating and monitoring the safety of consumer products in the United States.
- Consult a Lawyer: Consider consulting a lawyer who specializes in personal injury and product liability cases. They can help you understand your legal options and assist you in seeking compensation for your child’s injuries.
It is important to prioritize your child’s health and safety in the event of an injury from a defective toy. Taking these steps can help ensure that your child receives the medical attention they need and that the incident is properly documented for any legal action that may be necessary.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
If your child suffers an injury due to a defective or dangerous product, it is important to seek legal guidance as soon as possible. At Kherkher Garcia, our lawyers have decades of experience helping clients with personal injury and product liability cases. We can help your family understand and protect your legal rights.
At Kherkher Garcia, we believe that manufacturers should be held accountable for their actions that cause injuries to consumers. We help clients with personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits to pursue justice and compensation for injuries to children.
For a free consultation with our lawyers, call us at 713-333-1030 or complete our contact form. We are here to help.