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Your Child's New Toy May Be an Injury Hazard

Jason Reese

Popular Fad Toys May Not Be Safe For Children

Did you know that the summer months account for nearly half of all injury-related deaths to children? In addition, hospital emergency departments expect 2.5 million children to be treated for injuries this summer. It remains important for parents, babysitters, and all caregivers to help keep kids stay safe during the warm weather months and year-round. Knowing about what popular children’s products and fad toys are causing serious injury to others is the first step. We took a special look at two popular toys on the market today.

• Fidget Spinners

There is no question that the fidget spinner trend has been nothing but a boom for the toy industry, but the popular handheld three-pronged pieces of plastic that are flicked for fun can also be potentially dangerous. The small plastic and metal spinners even made the Top Ten Summer Hazard list of Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, because they can cause dangerous distractions, can fall apart, and the small pieces can create a choking hazard.

It is believed more than half the children in the U.S. own a fidget spinner, though some have experienced serious injuries. Texas and Oregon children have been taken to hospitals after choking on fidget spinner pieces. A young child in Texas required surgery on her esophagus as a piece was lodged.

• Hoverboards

Hoverboards also topped the consumer watchdog’s list of dangerous summer toys to avoid because of fire hazards linked to serious injury and even death. Since 2015, hoverboards have been questioned for safety because their lithium-ion batteries have combusted spontaneously causing explosions and fire while children are riding on them. The boards have also caught on fire while being charged, causing millions of dollars in property damage to homes.

Last year alone (2016), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) had estimated receiving 99 reports of hoverboards smoking, sparking or catching on fire and issued a recall of more than 500,000 hoverboards from different manufacturers. CPSC issued an “urgent warning” about LayZ Board hoverboards this summer (2017), reporting evidence that the board had caused a fatal fire.

Continued injuries and deaths to children from hoverboard fires and toys with small parts reveal the urgent need for increased awareness, safer products, better pre-market testing, and a more responsible marketplace to help prevent injuries. In the meantime, parents can avoid many hazards relating to toys, especially fad toys, by remaining educated, identifying safety issues by examining toys on a regular basis for broken or loose pieces, and checking recall lists. Parents may have a case of product liability if there was a defect in the design, manufacturing, or warning issued for the toy and their child was seriously injured or died or property damage was caused.

Talk to an Experienced Product Liability Lawyer

Toysafety.org provides a fantastic overview of hazardous toys and tips on how to keep your children safe. Do you have any tips to offer to protect children from a toy-related injury? Give the product liability attorneys at Wagner Reese a call if you have sustained a toy-related injury and we can assist you with your case. You can reach us at (888) 204-8440.

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