Family Dollar, government recalling dart set

Published 11:50 am Monday, May 17, 2010

Anyone who purchased the “Auto Fire” toy dart set from Family Dollar Stores from September 2005 through January 2009 should take the sets from children immediately.

Family Dollar Stores has announced the voluntary recall of 1.8 million toy dart gun sets in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Family Dollar said it would offer a refund if the sets are brought to the stores. Selma has two Family Dollar stores, one at 1997 Broad St. and the other at 2810 Citizens Parkway.

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A 9-year-old boy in Chicago and a 10-year-old boy in Milwaukee died after they chewed on the one-inch soft plastic darts, which slipped into their throats.

The small suction cup part of the dart cut off their breathing.

The dart gun sets were imported from China by Henry Gordy International in New Jersey. A representative from CPSC said Henry Gordy refused to recall the dart set so Family Dollar Stores worked with the agency on recalling the product.