Tiffany Recalls Paloma Picasso Baby Rattle
Posted on July 19, 2006Tiffany 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.
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 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.
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.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.