Hasbro is recalling a large number of the Nerf Blasters for kids. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is working with Hasbro to recall an estimated 330,000 Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6 Blasters. This is a voluntary recall due to reports of injury to children who use have used the toy.
The recall is due to the plunger mechanism on the Nerf Blaster pulling the user’s skin when firing. Depending on how the Nerf Blaster is held, injuries can occur to the neck, face or chest. There have been almost 50 reports, so far, of children getting bruises, pinching, welt and blood blisters through the use of the toy.
The toy guns were manufactured in China and were available at many popular toy stores including Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Target, but they were also available at other stores from November 2007 to August 8 for around $20. The toys should be taken away from children.
One thing I found interesting about this recall is the remedy. Instead of returning the product for a refund, the consumer is to contact Hasbro in order to get a cylindrical cover for the back plunger.
I can’t imagine most people would bother with that. If people were allowed to return it for a refund, it might spark more interest. I just think it’s more likely that any kid complaining about an injury would just be told by their parents to use with more care so it doesn’t happen again.
I got bruises, blood blisters and welts when I was a kid playing with toys and I don’t remember anything being recalled. Yeah, they hurt at first but they healed. It’s not like playing with lead toys that could cause poor development or a choking hazard that would kill someone. It reminds me of that list “People over 30 should be dead”. However, you’d think with technology today, they would account for just about everything that could happen while in the testing phase of a toy. Any moving part could cause an injury and it should be tested before getting out on the market. It might prevent these large recalls.
For more details and to view the full recall report on the Nerf Blaster at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.