Tiffany Recalls Paloma Picasso Baby Rattle

Posted on July 19, 2006

Tiffany and Co. has issued a recall for the Paloma Picasso baby rattle because it is a choking hazard. The Seattle Times reports that the rattle contains nine sterling-silver balls that could break open and release small beads - a possible choking hazard.

The 2 1/2-inch wide circular Paloma Rattle consists of nine linked sterling-silver balls. The seams could open and release small beads, which could pose a choking hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a notice earlier this month. Once open, the seams' jagged edges could also pose a hazard. No injuries have been reported, the commission said.
Apparently this isn't the first time that Tiffany has had a rattle recalled. The company also had to cough up a whopping $262,500 fine for failing to disclose the danger that the Farm Teether Rattle could pose to infants.
The New York-based luxury jeweler recalled about 3,700 teether rattles in February 2005 because of the choking and aspiration risks they pose to babies. CPSC alleged that Tiffany failed to report in a timely manner that the center bar on the Farm Teether Rattle could break, releasing small beads and animal figures.
Ok, this is getting ridiculous. Jewelry is one thing. If an adult manages to choke on her Diamonds by the Yard necklace after a night of wild abandon, well, that's her problem. She's an adult and necklaces really can't be choked on, unless the adult in question is doing something really strange. But when a company gets into the baby business, it must appoint someone whose sole job is to make sure that every product that the firm sells is absolutely, 100% safe for infants. No excuses.

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