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Baby rattle recalled for choking hazard

When we buy toys for our children, we expect them to have gone through a rigorous testing process. By the time they're on the shelves and ready to go into consumers' homes, we assume they're safe and don't pose a threat to our children. Unfortunately, that's not always the case, as a recent massive recall demonstrates.

Toy company Kids II is recalling nearly 700,000 Oball Rattles sold between January of last year and February of this year. The problem? The clear discs on the ball have been breaking, unleashing a slew of tiny colorful beads that cause a choking hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is advising parents to send their rattles back and get a refund from the company.

It's not the first time this manufacturer has been in hot water for safety issues. In fact, over the last 20 years, they've issued a dozen recalls of their products including crib toys, teether and bouncers.

The lesson for parents here is to be extra careful when buying toys and accessories for your newborn or toddler. Even though toys for children under three are governed by even stricter rules, it doesn't mean that everything is safe. Always check a company's track record for recalls and use common sense.

If your child has been injured by a defective or dangerous product, it might be advantageous to speak with a personal injury attorney. An attorney can examine your case and may be able to help you get compensation for medical expenses.

Source:, "What Should Parents Do With Recalled Oball Rattles? The Beads Can Be Dangerous," Annamarya Scaccia, March 3, 2017

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