Newday reports that Roseart Industries is voluntarily recalling of 3.8 million toys that were marketed to children three years of age and older. Roseart says consumers can return the toys in exchange for replacement toys for older children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission had collected reports of 34 incidents involving the toy, including the death of a 20-month-old child who tragically swallowed magnets from the toy. There was also a three-year-old boy who required surgery after swallowing the magnetic part of the toy.
Those 34 complaints probably represent 3400 or more incidents because the reporting rate to the Product Safety Commission is so low. There is no question that companies like Roseart have a duty to make their products safe. But we as parents also have a duty to report unsafe toys to the Product Safety Commission so that other children are not put at risk.