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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that the Washington Shoe Company is recalling about 77,400 Western Chief toddler light-up rain boots because of a possible choking hazard.

Consumers Advised to Take Boots Away from Children

The recall includes the Western Chief “Abstract Camo,” “Alia Silver,” and “Sweetheart Navy” light-up rain boots in sizes 5-12 for toddlers or children. The boots include boot handles and have a light-up feature in the heel. They also have rivets used to attach the handles that are silver-gray.

The problem is that these rivets can detach, posing a choking hazard to children. The company has received 115 reports of the boot handles and rivets detaching and two reports of children placing the rivets in their mouths. No injuries have been reported.

The boots were sold exclusively at Target and online at Target.com from May 2020 through October 2020 for about $25. They were manufactured in China. The model numbers, which may  be located on the inside tag of the boot, include:

  • T24121725P
  • T24121728P
  • T24121729P

The company advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled boots, take them away from children, and return them to any Target store for a full refund. Consumers can also contact Washington Shoe Company toll-free at 855-545-0862 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email the company at recall@westernchief.com, or check the recall website.

How to Keep Children Safe

According to a 2010 report from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, choking is a leading cause of injury and death among children, especially those younger than four years of age. The majority of the incidents are associated with food, coins, and toys.

The holidays can be a particularly risky time for children, as candy, toys, and holiday decorations can all become additional choking hazards in the home. The AAP warns that even seemingly harmless objects like a pen left uncapped after writing holiday cards or a bowl of candy left on the table pose choking hazards for children.

To keep your children safe this year, follow these precautions:

  • Examine toys regularly for damaged or broken parts.
  • Before giving a child a new toy, make sure that it has no small parts that could cause choking.
  • Never leave a child unattended around holiday decorations, toys, or while eating.
  • Remind older children to store their toys and games with small parts out of reach of younger siblings.
  • Supervise mealtimes with young children.
  • If you have a toddler, regularly check the floor for objects that could cause choking.

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