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Toy dart guns recalled after two deaths

Posted May 17, 2010 8:42 p.m. EDT

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling about 1.8 million toy dart gun sets after the death of two young boys.

The boys, a nine-year-old from Chicago and a 10-year-old from Milwaukee, both died after choking on the soft, pliable plastic toy darts, which can be inhaled into the throat.

The guns were imported by Henry Gordy International and sold only at Family Dollar stores. Henry Gordy International has refused to recall the sets, according to the safety commission. But Family Dollar is working with the commission on the recall.

This isn't the first time the company has been subject to a recall. Many of the products were sold only at Family Dollar, which is based on Charlotte. In 2008, about 870,000 magnetic dart boards were recalled because young children could choke or face injury if they swallowed one or more of the magnets. In 2007, about 380,000 toy figurines were recalled because they violated the federal lead paint standard. Both the items were sold only at Family Dollar stores.

In 1990, Henry Gordy recalled about 40,000 toy trucks because a part could fall off and pose a choking hazard.

The dart guns, the toy recalled Monday, were sold at Family Dollar stores from September 2005 through January for about $1.50. The products were made in China as were all the other toys (the trucks were stamped made in Hong Kong).

Family Dollar is offering a full refund. For details on what to do if you have one of the sets, click here.