Children’s Mask Poses Suffocation Hazard

By Peter DePaolis

Has your child asked for a frog mask? The mask sold for only about $1.00, but it created a dangerous suffocation hazard for children. As a result, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of the toy last week.

According to the CPSC, the toy is a dangerous consumer product because the elastic band wraps around a child’s head resulting in poor ventilation around the child’s nose and mouth. The frog mask in question is green with yellow and red highlights. It has two eyes cut out in the head and a UPC code label attached to it. Manufactured in China, the mask sold at Target stores across the country from August to September of this year. Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries or deaths from the mask.

If you have this frog mask, the CPSC says you can take it to any Target store for a full refund. In all, over 3,000 of the frog masks are now off store shelves across the country.

In addition to suffocation hazards from masks, thousands of children suffer injuries every year from Halloween masks that do not provide a sufficient sightline for the child. The eyeholes in many masks significantly reduce a child’s peripheral vision.

Did you or someone you know suffer any Halloween-related injuries this year? Call our team today to explore your options.

Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.