Has your son or daughter choked on one of the small “hint coins” included with a toy called Ryan’s Mystery Playdate Surprise Door?
Nationally recognized Child injury Lawyer Jeff Killino has received several recent reports of children choking after placing hint coins in their mouths. He is actively investigating these cases and would like to hear from any family who may have had a similar experience with this potentially dangerous toy.
If you would like to report a Ryan’s Mystery Surprise Door choking incident that involved one of your kids, please call 1-877-875-2927 to contact our toy-choking injury lawyers for a free legal consultation.
About Ryan’s Mystery Playdate Surprise Door
Ryan’s Mystery Playdate Surprise Door is based on the popular live-action television show that has aired on Nick Jr. since April 2019. The toy is sold by Just Play Products of Boca Raton, Florida, and can be purchased at Walmart, Target, Amazon.com, or other major retailers online and nationwide.
Ryan’s Mystery Playdate Surprise Door is intended for children ages 3 and up, and includes:
- 1 Mystery Surprise Door
- 1 Ryan Figure
- 4 Mystery Playdate Figures
- 4 Hint Coins
Children place one of the hint coins on the mystery door and try to guess who their playdate is.
Promotional materials for Ryan’s Mystery Playdate state: “Kids will love creating their own mystery playdates! The fun and creativity never-ends with these surprising and exciting new toys from Nickelodeon’s Ryan’s Mystery Playdate.”
Choking a Leading Cause of Death for Kids Under 4
Choking is a leading cause of unintentional injury and death among children, especially those under the age of 4. Because babies and toddlers are extremely curious, they will often pace small objects in their mouths to get a sense of their taste.
While food accounts for about 50% of child choking incidents, other small items, including toys, buttons, and coins, also pose a serious risk. Toys and products with small, removable parts are dangerous as well, as are poorly manufactured products that may break into pieces small enough to fit into a child’s mouth.
Other possible choking hazards include balloons; small hair bows, barrettes, and rubber bands; pen or marker caps; small button-type batteries; and refrigerator magnets.
Manufacturers have a duty to warn consumers about the dangers of their products and label them for the appropriate age group. Failure to do so may warrant legal action against the company and other entities in the product’s chain of distribution.
Protect Infants and Children from Choking Hazards
To protect infants and small children from choking hazards, parents and caregivers should:
- Ensure they sit while eating. Kids are much more likely to choke on food while lying down.
- Keep food pieces small and encourage children to chew thoroughly.
- Cook, grate or mash hard foods, especially apples, carrots, and other hard fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid whole nuts, corn chips, lollipops, and grapes. Kids usually can’t eat these foods safely until they’re around 5 years old.
- Keep small objects out of reach. Regularly check for small objects by getting down to child height and looking around.
- Only use age-appropriate toys that are solid and sturdy. Avoid those with small or breakable parts, brittle surfaces, or button batteries.
- Regularly check toys for exposed stuffing and loose screws and buttons.
- Place toys for small children and older siblings in separate boxes. Encourage older brothers and sisters to keep their small toys away from younger siblings.
- Keep abreast of recalls for dangerous toys and children’s products, including those that pose a choking hazard.
Contact an Experienced Child Choking Hazards Lawyer
As a nationally recognized Child Injury Lawyer, Jeffrey Killino has extensive experience representing the victims of choking hazards and dangerous children’s products. If your son or daughter choked on a hint coin from a Ryan’s Mystery Playdate Surprise Door toy, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-877-875- 2927.