Recalls are a dime a dozen these days, but some are more serious
(and worth paying attention to) than others. Las week's recall of two
Chuck E. Cheese toys is one of those worth your time.
Chuck E. Cheese recalled two toys -- a set of star-shaped
eyeglasses and a ring that lights up -- because the plastic casing
can break, exposing the battery. Though only two incidents had been
reported, neither resulting in an injury, battery ingestion risks
are no joke.
A study just last spring found that injuries
involving batteries have are up sharply. The results can include
burns and other internal injuries to kids' gastrointestinal
In more than 60 percent of the cases the study examined, the
battery had come from a product, and small disc batteries, like
those found in many cheap toys, are the worst offenders. They are
easier to swallow, and kids can mistake them for candy.
It takes less than two hours for batteries to do serious damage
to kids' systems, including damage to the esophagus, stomach lining
and vocal chords.
If you suspect your child has ingested a battery, go the
emergency room immediately. An X-ray can confirm, and if the
battery is removed quickly enough, chances of serious injury are
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