Since there have been no reports of injuries, I don't feel bad about pointing out the irony of this.
9,600 toy guns from Dollar General have been recalled because the orange safety tip can come off and pose a choking hazard.
Adding to the irony is that the toy gun models are ones patterned after Special Forces and police models.
As David Codrea reminds us, many hoplophobes and gun-haters think that the police and military are "the only ones" who should have guns. How's that working out, anyway...?
For the sake of safety, the entire recall is reproduced below:
NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2010
Release # 10-132
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 678-9258
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Dollar General Recalls Toy Guns Due to Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation
with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following
consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately
unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Special Forces and Police SWAT Toy Gun Sets
Units: About 9,600
Retailer: Dollar General, of Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Importer: Dolgencorp LLC, of Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Hazard: The orange tips located at the end of the toy guns' barrels, which are
designed to distinguish them from real guns, can easily be removed from the
barrels, posing a choking hazard to children.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall includes a Special Forces Weapons and Accessories Set
and a SWAT Police Play Equipment Set. Each set includes two toy guns and related
accessories. The number 48JQH09 is printed on the right side of the larger gun
included in the recalled sets.
Sold at: Dollar General stores in 35 states from September 2009 through October
2009 for about $5.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy guns away from
children and return them to any Dollar General for a full refund or a
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dollar General Corp. at
(800) 678-9258 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the
firm's Web site at www.dollargeneral.com
To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled
products, please go to:
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