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Children’s toy manufacturer agrees to pay $1.1 million penalty after three children die

In another display of alarming disregard for children’s safety, Henry Gordy International, Inc. (Henry Gordy) allegedly failed to report a safety hazard with its “Auto Fire Target Set” toy. After the deaths of three children and a federal investigation, the company has agreed to pay a $1.1 million fine to resolve the allegations.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) alleged that Henry Gordy knew in May 2006 that the soft toy darts used in the set posed a serious choking risk. Although Henry Gordy was required by federal law to quickly report any known dangers to CPSC, the company failed to do so. By the time CPSC learned of the danger and recalled the product in May 2010, three deaths were associated with the toy.

In addition to not reporting the danger, CPSC also alleged that Henry Gordy made a material misrepresentation during CPSC’s investigation by not reporting all of the information the company was aware of.

In agreeing to the penalty, Henry Gordy denies knowingly violating the law.

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