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Parents Urged To Be Aware of Unsafe Toy Features This Year

Steve Wagner

Each year, thousands of children are hurt or killed by toys that are unsafe. One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room for a toy-related injury every three minutes. Thankfully, there is a strong advocacy group monitoring children’s toys, but even they say you cannot rely solely on their information to keep your child safe.

WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.) has released its annual list of the ten most dangerous toys of the year, but their press releases are encouraging parents not to stop their vigilance with this small handful of toys. Instead, they say parents should watch out for the types of dangers that are common with children’s toys and monitor any holiday purchases for those dangers.

If any of the following are present, you may want to skip that choice and keep searching down the toy aisles:

  • Small parts that can be ingested or swallowed by small children. Do NOT rely on the recommended ages or warnings on the box—use your own discretion instead. Too many boxes are improperly or inadequately labeled for toy dangers.
  • Toys that serve as or include projectiles that can cause severe eye injury or blindness. Remember that it can still cause damage even if the projectile is not sharp or made of a hard material, though those will certainly amplify any injury.
  • Heavy, rigid toys that can be used to hit another child, especially if the nature of the toy itself encourages hitting or fighting in any way.
  • Toys with strings that are long enough to result in strangulation, especially for small children. Pull toys with too-long strings are classic examples of this hazard.
  • Toxic substances. This one can be hard to recognize, but you should always question the materials, including paints, on toys. If something seems off, don’t buy the toy or seek further information before giving it to a child.
  • Suffocation risks. This is most often a concern with infants and very soft, plush toys.

Much like the list of the ten most dangerous toys of the year, this list of common hazards is not exhaustive. We urge you to take care this year when considering gifts for the children in your lives.

WATCH List of “Worst” Toys of 2016

According to WATCH, some of the year’s most dangerous toys include:

  • Warcraft Doomhammer, by Jakks Pacific Inc. Blunt impact injuries could be caused by this heavy, rigid toy intended for “war” play.
  • Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles Family by Jazwares, LLC. Choking hazard and inconsistent age labeling.
  • Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby by New Adventures LLC. Ingestion and choking risk due to swallowable spoon accessory.
  • Kids Time Baby Children’s Elephant Pillow by Kids Time US and Appease Toys. Infant suffocation hazard.
  • Slimeball Slinger by Diggin Active Inc. Projectile toy can leave children with devastating eye injuries.
  • Flying Heroes Superman Launcher by I-Star Entertainment, LLC. Rigid toy that launches at speed leaves risk for eye injuries.
  • Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers by ToyQuest. Impact dangers, from hitting one another or falling on object.
  • Peppy Pups by TPF Toys. Strangulation risk due to 31-inch pull cord and young target age.
  • Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster by Hasbro. Projectile toy with eye injury risk. Eye protection shown on box is not included.
  • The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch by Tomy. Toy activation button is very near sharp tail, could cause puncture injuries to children holding item close to turn on.

A child who is injured by a toy may need intensive medical or therapeutic care for months after the injury occurs. In the most severe cases, a child can die as a result of a poorly designed or manufactured toy. If your child was injured or died as a result of an unsafe toy, the product liability and wrongful death attorneys at Wagner Reese can help. Call us today for a risk-free, no-cost initial consultation: (888) 204-8440.

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