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Defective product at IKEA poses choking hazard

Texas consumers understandably expect the products they buy to function properly and be safe, especially when the products are designed for children. However, product defects sometimes pose hazards for the most innocent of consumers. When a defective product causes a consumer to suffer injuries, the product maker may be held financially responsible through the civil court system. One product that has recently been recalled due to product defects is a wooden toy drum sold at IKEA.

The problematic toy drum comes with a mallet and was sold by IKEA over the holiday season this past year from November to December. The mallet has a rubber ball at the end of it, and six incidents have been reported of the ball becoming detached from the mallet stick. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said this presents a choking hazard.

The drum-and-mallet toy was marketed throughout the United States and online. So far, there have not been any reports of injuries cause by the mallet, which was made in China. IKEA has advised that the defective toys be taken from children and then returned to the company for refunds.

When a product that is marketed to children has the potential to cause physical harm, sometimes children are injured before the manufacturer or retailer is able to recall the product. Injuries stemming from a defective product can result in major medical expenses and cause not only physical harm to a child but emotional distress to both the child and his or her parents. For Texas children who have been harmed by a defective toy, their parents can file a product liability claim against the toy's manufacturer as well as any other companies and businesses along the supply chain. Damages awarded in a successfully fought suit may help to cover any losses and damages tied to the use of the dangerous product.

Source:, "IKEA recalls made-in-China toy for choking hazard", Kathleen O'Brien, Jan. 14, 2016

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